Beth Hart is on fire. Right
now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave,
firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music and
rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. In 2016,
the headline news is Beth’s latest album, Fire On The Floor, a
release that even this fiercely self-critical artist describes as “pretty
frickin’ good.” But let’s not forget the backstory that brought her here.
Blues Magazine once dubbed Beth Hart “the ultimate female rock star”, and
there’s no doubt that her two-decade career is the ultimate thrill-ride. Born
in Los Angeles, she released a fistful of hit albums through the ’90s, then
reignited in the post-millennium as both a solo artist and the head-turning
vocalist for guitar heroes like Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck and Slash.
“Extraordinary,” wrote The Times of her once-a-generation voice box, while The
Guardian praised her “daring, brooding and angry” performances.
it’s in recent times that Beth has truly blossomed. In April 2015, she released Better Than Home, a
critical and commercial smash that topped the iTunes Blues Chart and was
crowned #4 Best Blues Album Of The Year by Mojo magazine. The release also
reached #1 in the Dutch charts and helped Beth to fill Amsterdam’s Heineken
Music Hall with 5,500 fans (her largest club show to date). “Oh, that was so
good, man,” she reflects. “I love Holland. They’ve been really good to me.”