Soul vocalist Bettye LaVette is backed by Southern rock combo the Drive-By Truckers on her new album, "The Scene of the Crime."

Soul vocalist Bettye LaVette is backed by Southern rock combo the Drive-By Truckers on her new album, "The Scene of the Crime." Due Sept. 25 via Anti-, the album finds LaVette interpreting material penned by such artists as Willie Nelson and Elton John. A track list has yet to be announced.

In addition to the Truckers, contributions were turned in by Muscle Shoals keyboardist Spooner Oldham and bassist David Hood, who is the father of Truckers vocalist/guitarist Patterson Hood. "To have recorded with Patterson's father all those years ago, and now to have recorded with both of them was singularly unique," says LaVette, who made an album at Muscle Shoals in the early 1970s that was shelved by Atlantic and not released until nearly 30 years later.

"The Scene of the Crime" is the follow-up to 2005's acclaimed "I've Got My Own Hell To Raise," which reached No. 4 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart.

The hard-touring LaVette will be on the road all summer, beginning June 7 at the Burlington (Vt). Discover Jazz Festival.

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