Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. That’s what came to mind as Bettye LaVette, age 66, danced across the Toronto Star Stage and belted out stories of her trials and tribulations on her way to (rock) stardom.
Songs included covers of George Jones, Dolly Parton, George Harrison and Diana Ross. One of the highlights of the night was her rendition of Paul McCartney’s "Blackbird", “sung by the black bird herself,” she joked. The song was re-harmonized into a simpler, soulful ballad, accompanied by soft synthesizer and guitar arpeggios.