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Beth Hart

12 Mar 2015

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By Louis Blake

In JUST her second tour of Australia, powerful blues vocalist Beth Hart brings her earthy sound to the stage at The Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday, April 2.

After wowing the crowds at her debut Australian performance at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest in 2013, Beth was labelled by festival director Peter Noble as one of the standout acts.

Already a genuine star in Europe, the Californian native is back in the country for another round at Bluesfest and a series of hotly-anticipated sideshows around the country.

Things weren’t always so rosy for the supremely talented musician. Beth battled with substance abuse that at one stage threatened to put an end to her promising career.  Thankfully, Beth has managed to defeat her personal demons and get her incredible musical career back on track.

However, the resonance of her difficult past can still be heard in her deep lyrics and raw vocals. Her history gives her vocal and performance style a uniquely authentic flavour.

It is almost impossible to find a genuine artist like Beth in today’s modern music industry obsessed with image and glitz. A Beth Hart show is a no frills affair. It’s just her and her incredible talent.  

For someone with such astounding vocal talent it is interesting that Beth never considered herself much of a singer. Originally classically trained, she envisioned herself more as a pianist or cellist rather than the incredible vocalist she is today.

Luckily for us, Beth soon made the transition from classical music and became enamoured with the genres of rock, jazz, grunge, blues and gospel.

Her musical style is influenced by everything from the driving, powerful vocals of greats like Robert Plant and Chris Cornell to the more angelic tones of artists like Riki Lee and James Taylor.

Beth’s musical intensity and supreme vocal talent has earned her collaborations with musical luminaries such as Jeff Beck, Slash and blues legend Joe Bonamassa. Following the success of Bonamassa and Hart’s first collaboration on the 2011 album Don’t Explain, the duo reached the top of the Billboard Blues Charts with the release of their follow up Seesaw early last year.

Beth’s work with Bonamassa has earned her Grammy and Blues Award nominations.

Beth’s performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre is her one and only performance in Melbourne and caps off a short tour of Australia. Hart is a must see for fans of blues, rock and those with a love of incredible vocal talent.

Tickets can be purchased at
melbournerecital.com.au/hart

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