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3:01 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Bettye LaVette back on top of WEMU "Sweet 16"

Former Detroiter Bettye LaVette has always defied description and categorization.  While many of her contemporaries followed the dictates of their record label or management, Bettye forged her own identity.  There was always a dark edge to Bettye's voice - even in her early R&B sessions such as "My Man - He's A Lovin' Man", recorded when she was 16 years old. 

Nearing 67 years of age,  Bettye has lost none of her emotional intensity and ability to communicate the truth of her songs.  She remains a compelling and dynamic live performer.  That is why WEMU hosts got behind her show November third at The Ark with airplay for "Thankful N' Thoughtful", their appreciative commentary and deserved respect for Bettye LaVette.

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY November 5 to November 11, 2012:
 
LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR

1. BETTYE LAVETTE "Thankful 'n' Thoughtful" (ANTI-)
2. MANU KATCHE   “Manu Katche”   (ECM Records)
3. TAKUYA KURODA   “Six Aces”   (www.takuyakuroda.com)
4. BILLY MARTIN / WIL BLADES   “Shimmy”  (The Royal Potato Family)
5. JACQUI SUTTON   “Notes From The Frontier:  A Musical Journey”  (Toy Blue Typewriter Productions)
6. JEFF COFFIN & MU'TET "Into the Air" (Into the Air)
7. SHEMEKIA COPELAND “33 1/3” (Telarc)
8. ROBERT CRAY BAND   “Nothin But Love”  (Provogue)
9. JORDAN YOUNG   “Cymbal Melodies”   (Posi-Tone Records)
10. ELIZABETH SHEPHERD  “Rewind”  (Linus Entertainment)
11. PETE ESCOVEDO  “Live From Stern Grove”   (Concord Picante)
12. THE HOT 8 BRASS BAND   “The Life And Times Of….”   (TruThoughts)
13. CHARLIE HUNTER AND SCOTT AMENDOLA   “Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead”  (Charlie Hunter Music)
14. PAUL KELLER QUARTET FEATURING SARA D’ANGELO   “At Sundown”  (PKO Records)
15. DIANA KRALL  “Glad Rag Doll”   (Verve)
16. WALTER WHITE & SMALL MEDIUM @ LARGE   “Breaking Good”   (Brassjar Music)

~COMPILED BY LINDA YOHN AND PATRICK HOLUBIK