Gig Of The Week: Beth Hart
WHO: Beth Hart
WHERE: London Shepherds Bush Empire
WHEN: Saturday, February 25
Over the past two decades, Beth Hart has become one of America’s most individual and acclaimed singer-songwriters. Her seven studio albums to date showcase a unique ability to blend rock, blues, classical and jazz influences.
Her stature can be underlined by the fact that guitar greats such as Jeff Beck, Slash and Joe Bonamassa have all been delighted to work with her; the last named even recorded an album of blues classics with Hart in 2011, titled Don’t Explain.
Given the richness and variety of her output, how does Hart go about choosing a live set list?
“Well, we usually do really long gigs, which helps. Anything from an hour and 50 minutes to three-and-a-half hours. Although I doubt we’ll go for that length in London, as I’m trying to built an audience, not put them off!”
Not only will Hart be doing up to eight tracks from her album with Bonamassa, but she’ll also be playing one song live for the first time.
“I’ve never done Take It Easy On Me before. I always felt the lyrics made me feel to vulnerable. But it’s in the set now, and as it’s very popular in England I hope it goes down well.”
Joining Hart are her band: guitarist Jon Nichols, bassist Tom Lilly and drummer Todd Wolf.
“They’ve been with me for years. They’re like my brothers and so laidback. Sometimes I will get their opinion on what I should be doing live. They know me so well.”
While this is a one-off UK show, Beth Hart will return in June. She’ll headline:
Sat. 23: Bristol O2 Academy
Wed. 27: Manchester HMV Ritz
She’s also at the Isle Of Wight Festival on Sunday, June 24.
“Playing a festival in England. That’s just so cool. It’s a chance to win over some new fans, plus also getting to watch and meet other bands. I always look forward to the challenge of playing at a festival.”
Further down the road, there are plans for another album with Bonamassa.
“We had so much fun doing the last one. We were only in the studio for four days, but asked if we could carry on recording. It was such a great experience. We’re booked to go back in the studio next January, although we’ve yet to work out whether we’ll do covers or originals this time.”
Find out more at http://bethhart.com