Soul Legend Bettye LaVette Releases Her Chilling Cover of Strange Fruit

It’s hard to imagine a more apt song for the year that George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks were murdered than Bettye LaVette’s slow, lingering, anguished cover of Strange Fruit. With her weathered voice and otherworldly wail, she channels the horror of a lynching as vividly as anyone who ever tackled this classic. Behind her, the band keep a slow, simmering ba-ba-ba-BUMP groove going.