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Betty Wright On World Cafe | January 27, 2011

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R&B icon Betty Wright signed her first local label deal when she was only 11, and by the time she was 17, she'd released her first hit single, 1971's "Clean Up Woman," which also crossed over to the pop charts. With a four-octave vocal range, an impressive grasp of the connection between gospel and R&B, and a sensual style, Wright continues to weave an impressive legacy. Her songs have been sampled by many hip-hop, rock and R&B musicians, including Mary J. Blige, Beyonce and Sublime, to name a few. A successful vocal coach, producer, writer and Grammy winner, Wright has helped advance the careers of Joss Stone and Jennifer Lopez, among others. She's also just released her 17th studio album, Betty Wright: The Movie.

Recorded with the ultimate backing band, The Roots, Betty Wright: The Movie is drenched with funk and soul. Wright says she sees it as an update to her classic sound, as she pulls in contributions from Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Joss Stone. The resulting songs are anthemic in nature, co-written and co-produced by Wright herself, as well as The Roots' Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and Angelo Morris.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

The Barr Brothers "Beggar In the Morning" The Barr Brothers
Steve Winwood "Why Can't We Live Together" About Time
Michael Kiwanuka "Tell Me a Tale" Tell Me a Tale EP

((Betty Wright "Clean Up Woman" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Betty Wright "In the Middle of the Game Don't Change the Play" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Betty Wright "Surrender" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Betty Wright "Clean Up Woman" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Gigi "Semena Work" Gold And Wax))

Heartless Bastards "Parted Ways" Arrow
Eurythmics "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)" Be Yourself Tonight

((Cate Le Bon "Shoeing The Bone" Me Oh My))

Hour 2

Bruce Cockburn "Great Big Love" Nothing But a Burning Light
Wilco "Art of Almost" The Whole Love
Ali Farke Toure "Al Bine" The River

((Death Vessel "Jitterkadie" Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us))

Laura Marling "Sophia" A Creature I Don't Know
Feist "How Come You Never Go There" Metals
John K Samson "When I Write My Master's Thesis" Provencial
Rilo Kiley "Silver Lining" Under the Blacklight

((Meg Baird "Song For Next Summer" Seasons On Earth))

Sharon Van Etten "Serpents" Tramp
Iron & Wine "Wolves (Song of the Shepherd's Dog)" The Shepherd's Dog
Son Volt "Windfall" Trace
Lana Del Rey "Video Games" Born 2 Die
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood "Some Velvet Morning" Greatest Hits

((Laura Marling "Night Terror" Alas, I Cannot Swim))