Bette Smith

Agent: Tom Gold (North America)

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“A rugged, chugging southern soul record… Like Betty Davis or Betty Wright before her, she imbues tracks with shingly, saw-toothed texture, capable of breaking off a high note with a throaty cry or scraping so low and wide that she threatens to put her bass player out of work.” – Billboard

“Bette Smith moved effortlessly across the stage wearing a tight holographic vinyl dress and five-inch-heeled thigh-high boots, strutting like Tina Turner.” – The New York Times

“A stompin’ good time!” – All Things Considered

“A major new voice in soul music… Brooklyn’s Bette Smith possesses a one of a kind voice, deeply drenched in hot soul of the nearly incendiary Southern type. That voice could rock the biggest of stages and move mountains if it had to… Smith is the sort of artist that you’ll find yourself following her whole career.” – popmatters

Rock & soul singer Bette Smith traces elements of her life-affirming current album The Good, The Bad and The Bette to her childhood in Brooklyn, NY. Musically, it connects to the gospel music she heard in church and the soul music on the corners. The release features guests Luther Dickinson from North Mississippi Allstars and Patterson Hood from Drive-By Truckers and was produced by Drive-By Truckers’ Matt Patton and engineer Bronson Tew. Receiving major praise the record landed on “Best Albums of 2020” list by legendary critic Jim DeRogatis, whose “Sound Opinions” is broadcast on over 100 NPR affiliates around the country. Now with concerts returning at last, audiences can experience the sassy, soulful singer live and see why Smith is being compared to Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and the Bettys (Davis and Wright). In summer 2021, Bette opened for the Drive-By Truckers and Kenny Wayne Shepherd across the Northeast and Midwest, and performed at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (main stage) among others.

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