Bettye Lavette Gears Up For Release of New CD – Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook – Out May 25 With First Track “Salt of the Earth” Premiering at Paste Magazine


The release of Bettye LaVette’s eagerly awaited follow up to her Grammy-nominated Scene of the Crime is just around the corner with the May 25 release of Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook. In anticipation, Anti- Records and Paste Magazine are making Bettye’s take on the Jagger/Richards’ gem from the classic Beggar’s Banquet album “Salt of the Earth” available now at

On her upcoming Interpretations, Bettye brings the British invasion home to its American R&B roots, looking to the past for inspiration and uncovering common ancestry in seemingly divergent musical avenues. Throughout the new album, her performances are a revelation, inhabiting each song so completely as to make them her own. To that end, Bettye made some changes to the lyrics on a number of songs including the aforementioned track “Salt of the Earth,” whereby she modernized “strange beauty shows” to “reality shows” and “polio” to “HIV.”

Produced by Bettye, Rob Mathes and Michael Stevens, the album is a 13-song journey through compositions by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd among others, before concluding right where the very idea for Interpretations started: Bettye’s visceral show-stopping rendition of The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me” from the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors, which appears here as an extended bonus track.

Advance Praise From Some of the Biggest Names in British Rock

Bettye Lavette has always been a wonderful singer – I have been a huge fan for many years. To my delight and surprise she recorded an amazing version of “Talking Old Soldiers” – a song which nobody else has covered, and made it her own.

Now she has recorded “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” and has done exactly the same – but this time with a much more familiar song. I am truly touched by her picking these songs and can only hope that this album brings more attention to this incredible artist. – Elton John

When you hear a voice like Bettye LaVette’s there’s a sense of transportation (NOT to a penal colony!), but a certain freedom of movement and emotion, which is rare. Especially to me and I suspect other Englishmen who were so fascinated by the music that is so natural to Bettye while we were still getting our feet wet. The ‘hands across the pond’ aspect gives me a warm feeling. A connection! A great record. Put me in the fan club! How did Bettye LaVette slip thru the net for so long? – Keith Richards

What a voice, and what a soul to compliment such a talent. I believe every word, as does everyone that has had the pleasure of hearing Bettye LaVette sing. She’s inspired a lot of great music. You can hear clearly that her influence is all over the new music today. – Joss Stone

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