Song of the Day: Bettye LaVette – I Still Want To Be Your Baby (Take Me Like I Am)

Bettye LaVette, Massey Hall, Toronto 4/14/07
photo by Kasra Ganjavi

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is I Still Want To Be Your Baby (Take Me Like I Am) by Bettye LaVette from the 2007 album The Scene of the Crime on Anti-.

Bettye LaVette – I Still Want To Be Your Baby (Take Me Like I Am) (MP3)

Thirty five years after Atlantic Records shelved LaVette’s album Child of the Seventies, she returned to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to record the album of a lifetime, 2005’s critically acclaimed I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise; it’s only fitting that her most recent album be dubbed The Scene of the Crime. For this album, the Drive-By Truckers lay down the background Southern stylings this time around but never impose on LaVette’s spotlight. David Hood, father to DBTs’ Patterson Hood, played bass for the Muscle Shoals’ Rhythm Section supporting LaVette decades ago, adding one more element to the journey leading up to this album. You can read a more detailed review of the album here. Better yet, see her in concert March 15-19 as she performs 3 shows in Portland followed by 2 in Seattle. Her MySpace page has the specifics. Did I mention LaVette is queen of reinvigorating old songs? Watch her claim the Marvelettes’ Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead:

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  1. Posted January 8, 2008 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Somebody said, “dont’ let Aretha Franklin near your songs…she’ll take them.” The same can be said for Aretha’s girlhood friend, Bettye LaVette, who took two famous men’s songs and made them her own. Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia” and Elton John’s “Talking Old Soldiers.”

    For those who have not seen LaVette in concert, you have a treat in store that will stay with you for life. Let’s hope she wins that Grammy she’s nominated for — Best Contemporary Blues Album of 2007, SCENE OF THE CRIME. She deserves it. Better still, put her on the Grammy Show!

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