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New Hope Winery hosts evening with Bettye LaVette


Tickets are available for an evening with R&B singer Bettye LaVette live at The New Hope Winery, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

An R&B singer, she “gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric.”

Accompanied by her keyboard player, Evan Mercer, LaVette will perform songs from throughout her 57-year career, including songs that she used to perform in small Detroit clubs before her 21st century resurgence began.

LaVette’s career began in 1962, at the age of 16, in Detroit, Mich. Her first single “My Man – He’s a Loving Man,” was released on Atlantic Records. She recorded for numerous major labels, including Atco, Epic and Motown, over the course of the 1960s through the 1980s.

The 2000s started what she calls her “Fifth Career.” Her CD, “A Woman Like Me,” won the W.C. Handy Award in 2004 for Comeback Blues Album of the Year. She also was given a Pioneer Award by The Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

LaVette has received blues music awards for Best Contemporary Female Blues Singer and Best Soul Blues Female Artist.

She recorded four CDs for hipster indie label ANTI-Records over the course of eight years, two of which received Grammy nominations. Her 2015 CD, “Worthy,” was also nominated for a Grammy.

In 2018 she released “Things Have Changed,” an album of all Bob Dylan songs, for Verve Records. It received two Grammy nominations, one for Best Americana Album, and one for the song “Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight” for Best Traditional R&B Performance.

Now 73, she is still performing with the ferocity of a woman half her age.

Tickets can be found on the New Hope Winery website under the Live Music tab.