Two-time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. Her live performances are incendiary. The New York Times says, “Ms. LaVette, 64, now rivals Aretha Franklin as her generation’s most vital soul singer. She uses every scrape, shout and break in her raspy voice, with a predator’s sense of timing, to seize the drama of a song.” Joining Bettye is New Orleans’ “piano professor” Jon Cleary, with his Philthy Phew trio, which showcases a unique acoustic format as a vehicle for Cleary’s varied and thrilling compositions. His music embodies the piquant flavors of New Orleans funk and classic R&B.