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Bettye LaVette took the title of her 2005 album, I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise, from lyrics in the Fiona Apple song “Sleep to Dream.” But she could have easily called the disc I’ve Had My Own Hell to Pay. Now 60 years old, the Michigan-born R&B singer had a series of near-misses during Motown’s heyday, then rode out the ’70s with a few more almost-hits before settling into the ’80s and ’90s as a powerful, if obscure, live performer on the U.S. and UK soul circuits. But I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise, released by Anti- (home of Tom Waits and Neko Case), has introduced LaVette’s stunning song interpretation skills and sandpaper-soul vox to a brand-new audience. LaVette performs with Mel Waiters, the Legendary Orioles, Roy Carrier, and others as part of the Bluebird Blues Festival, which begins at 1 p.m. at the grounds outside of Prince George’s Community College’s Novak Field House, 301 Largo Road, Largo. Free. (301) 336-6000. (Christopher Porter)