Top Tune of the Week

Week of February 2, 2011

Bettye LaVette - On The Surface

This week’s Top Tune is legendary soul belter Bettye LaVette’s inspired cover of Rosanne Cash’s “On the Surface.” After years of recording and performing, LaVette returned to the mainstream public eye by signing with the always adventurous Anti- Records in the mid-’90s and releasing I’ve Got My Own Hell To Raise, an album of covers that dominated critics’ “Best Of” lists for the year. Her interpretation of this track is exhilarating, as she wraps her unmistakable vocals around Rosanne’s words and melody to transform the song into a classic Bettye Levette standard.

Lovingly produced by Joe Henry, I’ve Got My Own Hell To Raise remains a blueprint for a true modern soul classic.

Check out the video for Rosanne’s 1990 original HERE
“On The Surface” lyrics HERE

Rosanne’s website is

Contact & Licensing info: Master controlled by Anti- (Bettye LaVette) / contact: Hector Martinez
Master controlled by Sony (Rosanne Cash) /

Published by Chelcait Music (BMI) Administered by Measurable Music LLC, A Notable Music Co. /


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