Bettye LaVette sings 6 Wonderful Bob Dylan songs – Happy 75th Birthday Bettye LaVette

I was in Italy on the same festival that he was on and coming out of my dressing room. Security would not let anyone out of the dressing room, and I said, “Well, why?” And they said, “Because Mr. Dylan is going onstage,” and I’m like, “Well, I don’t care! Let me out of my dressing room!” So I come out of my dressing room and I’m angry because he’s got my band and me and everybody trapped while he takes 50 steps to the stage. So I’m walking along the same path that he is, but on the other side of the room, and I said, “Hey, Robert Dylan!” And he was walking with his bass player and his bass player mouthed to him: “That’s Bettye LaVette!” He walked over to me, took my face in both his hands, kissed me dead on the mouth and walked on the stage. So that’s what we’ve done thus far [Laughs].
–Bettye LaVette (NPR interview, May 2018)

Bettye LaVette (born Betty Jo Haskins, January 29, 1946) is an American soul singer-songwriter who made her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, with her album I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music.

In 2020, LaVette was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Ain’t Talkin’

As I walked out tonight in the mystic garden
The wounded flowers were dangling from the vine
I was passing by yon cool crystal fountain
Someone hit me from behind


4/9/2018 – Paste Studios – New York, NY

Things Have Changed

A worried man with a worried mind
No one in front of me and nothing behind
There’s a woman on my lap and she’s drinking champagne
Got white skin, got assassin’s eyes


From the wonderful album “Things Have Changed” (2018)

Mama, You Been On My Mind

Maybe it’s the color of the sun cut flat
An’ coverin’ the crossroads I’m standing at
Or maybe it’s the weather or something like that
But mama, you are just on my mind.


Later… with Jools Hollandon on BBC Two – May 8, 2018

Emotionally Yours

Come baby, find me, come baby, remind me of where I once begun
Come baby, show me, show me you know me, tell me you’re the one


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Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight

Just a minute ‘fore you leave, girl
Just a minute ‘fore you touch the door
What is it that you’re trying to achieve, girl?
Do you think we can talk about it some more?


From the wonderful album “Things Have Changed” (2018)

Most of the Time

Most of the time
I’m clear focused all around
Most of the time
I can keep both feet on the ground


From the album “Chimes of Freedom: The songs of Bob Dylan” (2012)

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