Legendary American soulstress BETTYE LAVETTE releases her latest album on October 1. The long player – ‘Thankful N’ Thoughtful’, released on Anti Records – has been produced by CRAIG STREET (who’s worked with the likes of NORAH JONES, K.D. LANG, MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO, JOHN LEGEND, etc.). ‘Thankful N’ Thoughtful’ features an unusual selection of contemporary tracks written and previously recorded by BOB DYLAN, THE BLACK KEYS, TOM WAITS, NEIL YOUNG, PATTY GRIFFIN, GNARLS BARKLEY and others…. there’ll be a full review here @ SJF very soon.

To support the album’s launch BETTYE will be performing at London’s Jazz Cafe on Tuesday December 11… More details from the venue.

As enticing is the launch of BETTYE’S autobiography. ‘A Woman Like Me’- written in collaboration with respected music writer DAVID RITZ – promises to be a no holds barred, explosive insight into the singer’s life and the machinations of the soul business. The book is published on September 27 and will be available from Amazon and ibooks.