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Concert Review: Bettye LaVette at Montreal Jazz Festival

A true survivor with attitude to spare

Bettye LaVette, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013

Bettye LaVette has attitude to spare. That much is abundantly clear from reading the slogan printed on the back of the t-shirts sold at her concerts. It reads, “Bettye LaVette: She Will F*ck You Up.”

And that’s probably a threat you don’t want to put to a test. The 67-year-old soul/R&B singer is as tough as nails, a true survivor who had to endure decades of indifference from the public before finally having her talents recognized and appreciated with 2005’s I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise.

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