Bettye LaVette Covers "Strange Fruit" [Listen]

June 15, 2020
Bettye LaVette Blackbirds Album Cover
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Bettye LaVette has announced she'll be releasing a new album this year, Blackbirds, which will consist of covers of influential Black female musicians, including: Dinah Washington, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Della Reese, and Ruth Brown.

Ahead of the August 28th album release she's shared her take on "Strange Fruit," the anti-lynching ballad written by Abel Meeropol and popularized by Billie Holiday in 1939. 

According to LaVette's Facebook: 

"It really is horrifying that nearly 80 years later, through Billie’s lifetime and now my 74 years, the meaning of this song still applies. It might not be men and women hanging from trees, but these public executions are now on video and it feels like they’re doing it for sport. I hope the song will be a reminder that we have had enough, and I support the Black Lives Matter movement."

Preorder Blackbirds here.

Listen to Bettye LaVette's cover of "Strange Fruit" here: