Soul Icon Bettye LaVette Sings Bob Dylan Songs On
Features Guests Keith Richards and Trombone Shorty!
For her 10th album and first album on a major label in nearly 30 years,
legendary soul singer BETTYE LAVETTE takes on the songs of BOB DYLAN with the
grit and experience that makes her one of the greatest living soul singers.
THINGS HAVE CHANGED is a masterpiece of interpretation of one of the greatest
songwriters alive, by one of the greatest soul singers alive. Keith Richards and
Trombone Shorty guest on the Steve Jordan-produced album.
Since the great 21st century rediscovery of Bettye LaVette returned her to
prominence, she has worked extensively in the rock and folk idioms, with her
unique takes on songs by the likes of The Who, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd,
Fiona Apple, and Dolly Parton. But never before has she devoted an entire album
to the material of one songwriter.
THINGS HAVE CHANGED spans more than five decades of Dylan songs, from 1964's
immortal "The Times They Are A-Changin'" up to "Ain't Talkin'," the epic final
track on his 2006 album Modern Times.
"Other people write songs, but he writes vignettes, more prose than poetry. I
didn't find his words to be pretty so much as they are extremely practical or
extremely logical. He can work things like 'go jump off a ledge' into a song,"
Bettye has only come face-to-face with Bob Dylan once, at a festival in Italy.
Both backstage, Dylan was preparing to go on when his longtime bassist Tony
Garnier pointed out Bettye. Dylan immediately stopped, walked over, and grabbed
Bettye's face in his hands and kissed her, and headed out to play his show.
THINGS HAVE CHANGED sees Dylan's songs seriously transformed: "I had never
really listened to It Ain't Me Babe," she says. "But I had to make it
more dismissive—not fast and hard, but like a Jimmy Reed tune. And 'The Times
They Are A-Changin,' I had to flip that all the way round, so we worked up the
groove on a beat box. That just made it extremely surprising."
"Whatever she sings acquires the fierce, confessional intensity of someone
who barely lived to tell the tale." - New York Times
• Double LP
• Gatefold jacket
1. Things Have Changed
2. It Ain't Me Babe
3. Political World
4. Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight
5. Seeing The Real You At Last
6. Mama, You Been On My Mind
7. Ain't Talkin'
8. The Times They Are A-Changin'
9. What Was It You Wanted
10. Emotionally Yours
11. Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
12. Going, Going, Gone