“I have 500 records that have changed my life,” says Beth Hart, looking over and fixed at Classic Rock.
Let Beth Hart talk about music and she is nothing, if not enthusiastic. Her eyes light up, she bounces around in her chair and talks with the kind of passion that only the really obsessed possesses.
She picks up the 10 records that have changed her life without ever referring to notes, and you have the impression that if you came back in an hour and asked her again, she could immediately come up with another ten – or 20, or 50 – and being able to talk about them with no less passion.
Damn it, towards the end of our time together she literally invents records that don’t even exist, just to cram in as much music as possible.
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Primus – Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
“One of the records that really brought me in is a record from Primus, Sailing The Seas Of Cheese. Les Claypool is one of my favorite bassists and songwriters, and I also love his voice. It’s such a great record Every single song so imaginative, so beautiful. “
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Brad – Too bad
“I found Brad through a friend of mine who eventually committed suicide. He was so talented – a beautiful painter and singer and guitarist – but he was very depressed. He turned me to a man he grew up with in Idlewild who was in Brad together with Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam guitarist).
“He would play that album while I fell in love with him. We listened to it every day, and I just thought it was amazing: the soul, the songwriting, the singer. I had never seen them live and I didn’t know how to looked like, but that record had an impact on me.
“I remember feeling so jealous and intimidated and jealous that someone could be so talented and radiate so much feeling. It had nothing striking, pretentious, and I remember that it really moved me.”
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Every winery – Back to black
“I love the songwriting about this. I don’t hear an artist trying to make a career, I hear an artist trying to survive … and then for that reason and only for that reason he writes and makes music. And that is very humiliating . There is so much to learn. ”
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Steel Pulse – True Democracy
“Everything Steel Pulse drove me crazy and filled me with so much God and hope. I loved their music, and I still love them. My brother played a lot of reggae music, and it was in reggae that I got my first witness of early Baptist music in gospel style. I especially love True Democracy. It’s a great album. ”
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Etta James and Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson – Blues in the Night Vol. 1: The Early Show
“As a 16-year-old I get excited about this record. I can’t listen to it enough. And all those years later I’m 47 and I just found out three weeks ago that there is a Late Show. So she did two albums, one called The Early Show and one called Late Show, and I’ve never heard it, so now I’m going to investigate and find out how I can get there.
“For me she is at its peak. She is probably in her forties or fifties. So as a singer she has traveled such a long way and she has reached that low end that a woman usually does not happen until she gets older. She had learned so many ways to formulate and adopt so many music genres, so her vocabulary was brilliant and she used her heart.
“She also had a great band: Shuggie Otis, Red Holloway and so many great musicians. They were great blues artists at the time and they could really play anything. And she stands in front of an audience with sounds of about 50 people in a supper club. So there “It’s not a showbiz. It’s literally those who say,” We don’t have to do anything that we hear we have to do to make a salary, because we don’t pay a salary, so we just started doing what we like to do. “And it’s so wonderful.”
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Bob Marley – Greatest Hits
“It seemed as if Bob Marley was a modern Jesus Christ. He was so connected to helping people, and he seemed so incredibly compassionate, with just the right amount of anger to give him the energy to move forward, but enough love to prevent it from causing damage.
“He had that wonderful ability to talk about things. So intelligent, but not using intelligence as a way to blow himself up, but instead simply passing on great messages.”
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Aretha Franklin – Greatest Hits
“Unbelievable. I want a box with everything she has ever recorded. Because she has never done anything that was no less than brilliant.”
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Soul Coughing – Ruby Vroom
“Especially before the time (1994), isn’t this one of the most creative, non-cumbersome-about-the-music-business music? And the writing: It’s like, how do you come up with That, man? I need that I played it so much and I loved it. He (Mike Doughty) mixed jazz and a kind of hip hop for white men. What’s funny was that they had the true sense of the word alternative. really amazing. ”
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Everything from Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Washington
“The reason I mention those three is not just because they’re all phenomena like singers and emoters, but it’s the material. They’ve all shared and covered and sung the same songs. It’s part of the American Songbook.
“Listen to the level of songwriting at that time. It was so high! Usually you would never have a writer who does everything: you would have one who did only the music, and one who did only the lyrics. And it’s just amazing how high the bar was. “
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La Bohème (with Pavarotti), Piano sonatas by Beethoven, Piano concertos by Rachmaninov and Barbara Hannigan
“Unbelievable. Barbara Hannigan is the leading soprano living today. Let me tell you what a bad mother she is: Go on YouTube and search for” Barbara Hannigan The Macabre. “She is such a bad mother that she is not just this song sings – that is by a modern composer, and no one else on the planet can sing it – but no, she doesn’t stop there.
“She comes out and conducts the orchestra while she sings it. She’s a bad bastard. And she’s fun and sexy and every performance is like looking at another person.
“She’s amazing. Oh god, it just makes me want to bury my head in the sand. She’s doing traditional, and she’s really doing all the edgy things before the bend. And she conducts while she sings, man! What’s going on there? ?!?
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Beth Hart UK & Ireland 2020 Tour
January 31: Dublin Vicar Street, Ireland
February 2: Belfast Ulster Hall, United Kingdom
February 5: Brighton The Dome, United Kingdom
February 8: London Eventim Apollo, United Kingdom
February 9: Birmingham Symphony Hall, United Kingdom
February 12: Cardiff St David’s Hall, United Kingdom
February 14: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, United Kingdom
February 15: Gateshead The Sage, UK
February 17: Manchester The Bridgewater Hall, United Kingdom
February 20: Sheffield City Hall, United Kingdom
February 22: Plymouth The Pavillions, UK
February 24: Southampton O2 Guildhall, UK
(Credit: Mascot Label Group)