May is set to be an exciting month for Grammy award nominated songstress Bettye LaVette. On May 24th the acclaimed singer will perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in anticipation of the May 25th release of her eagerly awaited album--Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook. Also this month, Bettye can be heard on the popular National Public Radio show "Weekend Edition" on May 22 and her "tiny desk concert" podcast at www.npr.org will be available soon.
Meanwhile, Interpretations is already garnering rave reviews from both sides of the pond including the UK's premiere soul publication In the Basement, which proclaims "this is the lady's finest work to date" in their current cover story on Bettye. Elsewhere Paste magazine declared: "She doesn't just cover the Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zeppelin and more--she wholly re-imagines the songs. LaVette's raw singing chops revitalize transcendent lyrics that many of today's top female singers wouldn't be able to handle." In addition, Leonce Gaiter of the Huffington Post recently declared Bettye "The High Priestess of R&B."