In 2004, Bettye LaVette was just beginning her stunning rise from relative obscurity to international stardom. Then, at the 25th Anniversary W.C. Handy Blues Awards Celebration (now known simply as the Blues Music Awards) in Memphis, Tennessee, she walked away with that year's award for "Comeback Blues Album". Her acceptance speech was incredibly moving, and her performance that followed was arguably among the most powerful she had ever given. These scenes were recorded for a two-hour documentary titled MEMPHIS BLUES AGAIN that Robert Mugge produced for Mississippi Public Broadcasting but which has never been released due to ongoing rights issues. Incidentally, that's singer and musician Bobby Rush commenting on music awards shows, and SiriusXM blues deejay Bill Wax helping to emcee the show. If you like what you see and hear in this clip, please make a donation to the Blues Foundation in Memphis (blues.org) "the international home of blues music."

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