Discumentary: Bettye LaVette: "I've Got My Own Hell To Raise"

 
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Detroit soul singer Bettye LaVette spent four decades in the music industry and suffered many disappointments and missed opportunities. This 2005 release featured 10 covers of songs written by women including Lucinda Williams and Sinead O’Connor and helped revive her career.

On Spike, Costello displays his influences and tries his hand at many different styles of music. The album features song collaborations with Roger McGuinn and the song "Veronica", co-written with Paul McCartney.

Although it was a commercial failure, Dusty in Memphis is regarded by many critics to be one of the greatest albums of all time.

Uncle Tupelo's final effort is often hailed as their best, a perfect blend of the elements in their country-rock sound. This album was recorded completely live in an Austin studio. Less than a year after its release, both Son Volt and Wilco had been created from Uncle Tupelo's ashes.

Randy Newman’s 1974 release “Good Old Boys” became his major commercial breakthrough. Originally conceived as a concept album about a southern man named Johnny Cutler the album morphed into a satirical examination of the Southern mystique.

Little Feat continued to explore southern roots-rock and bayou funk and groove on "Feats Don't Fail Me Now". The songwriting of Lowell George and Bill Payne combined with the band's exceptional musicianship set the bar for future boogie bands.

Joni Mitchell introduced jazz inflections into her folk-rock style signaling a new direction for the Canadian singer/songwriter. "Help Me" became Mitchell's only top-ten hit and the album hit double platinum.

This is Clapton's first album after kicking heroin and his 2nd solo release following the breakup of Derek & The Dominos.

At a time when female singer-songwriters were in vogue Indigo Girls were signed to Epic Records in 1988. Their second studio album,released in 1989, won critical acclaim and a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.

The Cure's sixth album merged their signature dark-goth and their pop sound which they achieved with later albums. The Head On The Door shows the band experimenting with different sylings and arrangements.

Headed by a commerically successful single, Feist's third solo album is already being deemed as an instant classic. It was recorded in France with her longtime collaborator, Gonzales. This Discumentary features excerpts from a 2007 WYEP interview with Feist.

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