Mascot Label Group once again building on the amazing year of 2016. Throughout 2017 from January to December the label keeps delivering albums from Artists & Bands Rocking the blues and more they excite the listening ear.
Beth Hart’s music stripped back, with the lyrics laid bare was an emotional journey for everyone tears were shed on stage and in the auditorium tonight. This is music that connects a great performer with the audience.
“The album, where nothing is overdone, acoustic authenticity maintained, Joe’s vocals the best I have heard. No theatrics, music and the power of lyrics telling the story in perfect harmony”. Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album Live At Carnegie Hall HERE
Featuring songs made famous by Edgar Winter, Ray Charles, Etta James, Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Lucinda Williams, LaVern Baker & more.
Check out the video for Black Coffee here:
It has been 4 years since Grammy nominated and number 1 Billboard Blues album Seesaw was released by singer-songwriter and blues-rock powerhouse Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. Since then, they have both been on fire, both in the studio and live. So, the time was perfect to reunite for another collection of ten soul gems that encompass Hart’s breath-taking vocals and Joe’s masterfully expressive playing. Black Coffee will be released on January 26th, 2018.
With producer extraordinaire Kevin ‘The Caveman’ Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Rush) back at the helm, the result digs deep into the soul catalogue where they honour and re-imagine songs from Edgar Winter, Etta, James, Ike & Tina Turner/Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald, Lil’ Green, LaVern Baker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lucinda Williams and Waldeck.
Recorded in 5 days at Studio at the Palms, Las Vegas in August 2016 they have once again recalled some familiar names to provide the depth of instrumentation including Anton Fig (Drums/Percussion), Ron Dziubla (Saxophone), Lee Thornburg (Horn Arrangements/Trumpet/Trombone) and welcomed in Reese Wynans (Keyboards), Michael Rhodes (Bass).
Talking about the sessions behind Black Coffee, Seesaw, 2011’s Don’t Explain and 2014’s Live in Amsterdam, Shirley gives some insight of what they are looking to achieve; “We’re trying not to dig into a playbook that’s been done many times, which is the old soul classics. We try and find a different spin on it; originally, it was about trying to find some songs that people didn’t know at all and bring them back to people’s attention.”
One such song was Give It Everything You Got, taken from 1971’s Edgar Winter’s White Trash album. With its hard rock meets Stax infused sound, the band delivers a formidable performance. “I don’t think that’s a song a lot of people know; it’s an old soul classic, but it’s not really one you might expect,” says Shirley
“One of the things Jeff Beck had said to me once that I thought was so wonderful,” explains Hart, was “as soon as you get comfortable, and if you stay there, you’re just gonna start dying as an artist. And I feel that one of the gifts that I’ve got with working with Joe is that I’m always uncomfortable – in a good way. “
Shirley adds about the band, ”those guys just played live and it was incredible to be in the studio when that happens.”
“For me I’m able to explore the kind of music I have always admired from afar,” reveals Bonamassa. “But you don’t want to hear me singing Ella Fitzgerald…” he explained as Beth joins in. “I would never do Ella Fitzgerald without being with Joe, the things I get to do with you are things I grew up always wanting to do, but never believed I could.”
The title track harnesses prime Steve Marriott on his take of Ike & Tina Turner’s Black Coffee. The inspiration camefrom his 1973 live version on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test.
“It’s really predicated on the vocals,” Bonamassa explains. “We can’t cut these tunes without Beth singing and once she starts singing, it’s the glue that inspires us to get the extra 10% out of the playing. If we just cut them and sang later, the magic wouldn’t be there.”
“That’s something the two of us stopped doing many years ago,” agrees Hart. “There was all this layering, and then it’s time for you to sing. It’s like you’re not even making music anymore. There’s nothing like being able to sit there live and see Joe, seeing the drums, seeing the bass, being able to see Kevin. I can feel the vibrations, it changes the whole thing.”
“Kevin really gets that,” she continues. “It works the best. In the old days, that’s how they did it; bad ass singers and bad ass musicians would have a couple of hours to get a whole record done.”
One of the key aspects of the sessions is to push everyone as much as possible. “They are always out of their comfort zone in the studio; this session especially wasn’t comfortable,” Shirley reveals. “This isn’t a summer in the grass session, just a couple of chords; this is people digging in. Everyone left feeling totally challenged, and at the end of the day, completely enthusiastic.”
Black Coffee Track List
Damn Your Eyes
Lullaby Of The Leaves
Why Don’t You Do Right
Sitting On Top Of The World
Soul On Fire
Baby I Love You (bonus track)
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee
Grammy Nominated Artists Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa release their new record ‘Black Coffee’
January 26th via: Provogue (Europe) and J&R Adventures (US & Canada)
The Forum, a former Art Deco Cinema in Bath tonight is the backdrop for a Beth Hart Solo Concert. The lights dimmed and Beth strode onto the stage full of smiles and confidence. Her opening number was stunning setting the tone of the evening. Alone on the stage, she did not sit behind the Grand Piano but knelt on the stage and sung A Capella giving the audience a true taste of her incredible vocal talent. She greeted the audience, welcomed her sister sitting in the auditorium who had flown in from the States especially for the concert tonight.
Then with a grace, she sat behind the Grand Piano her first instrument of choice. Tonight without a band Beth was her own accompaniment choosing the instrument that suited the song, so we heard her play acoustic guitar, acoustic bass and electric piano as the evening progressed. We heard her version of Tom Waits Chocolate Jesus and by the third song in Beth had the audience entranced. We were hanging onto every note played and every word she sung and the openness with which she shared her bad times that were at times painful to hear, this was not self-pity but gave context to the songs. Many of the experiences the audience could personally relate to. Beth Hart’s music stripped back, with the lyrics laid bare was an emotional journey for everyone tears were shed on stage and in the auditorium tonight. This is music that connects a great performer with the audience.
The frailty of trying to set yourself free from abuse, it was as if while singing the title song from her album Better Than Home alone on a stage behind the Grand Piano we all experienced a cathartic experience, as the vocal crescendo rose up over the piano in a beautiful art deco setting. Music has power and Beth harnessed it tonight majestically. St Teresa was the next Hart classic sung with pure emotion, the words flowed like a blessing for everyone in the room tonight, touching our inner soul healing hurts and uniting us.
Stepping out from behind the piano with a huge smile she picked up the acoustic sharing family tales and how Scott and her bought an affectionate wreck resulting in a song written in his honour The Ugliest House On the Block from her Bang Bang Boom Boom album. The Boogieman with soft gentle guitar, calming almost a lullaby despite the dark words. Closing the number with whistling that was sublime, eerie and stunning as the song closed the silence was filled once again with rousing applause. Third instrument of the evening, acoustic bass for Spiders In My Bed from her first album Immortal. The inspiration from the effects of sleep deprivation being wired and tired.
Now a change of tone, that moving from instrument to instrument achieved as she sat behind the electric piano. We heard how after her first career crashed, she was ashamed of the drugs, drink and failure. She had screwed up everything. “For the first time since I was four” she told us she stopped playing the piano. Then she wrote Leave The light On emotional, Beth was wrung out, the tempo was warm with a gospel feel. Tears were spilt with the emotional beauty. Then the mood lighted with Coca-Cola, summertime, beach and boys. Inspired from when the younger ten-year-old Beth thought boys would taste of Coca-Cola! What a set of tubes Beth Has. Warm, sultry, angry, soft and beguiling shape the highest to the lowest notes. The voice rose up to the top of the vaulted dome as the theatre reverberated with the pure joy of hearing Beth Hart’s voice tonight.
With a wave, a smile and thank you for being a lovely audience Beth left the stage, the audience erupted standing on our feet cheering clapping shouting for more. We were not disappointed Beth obliged. With another four songs from behind the Grand Piano. Starting with Tell Her You Belong To Me from Better Than Home, with more tales, some laughs and the inspiration behind Love Is A Lie when Mark left her eighty-two-year-old Mum for another woman!
Two hours of glorious entertainment and Beth left the stage we wanted more as the applause continued as the house lights went up. A Very special evening in the company of Beth Hart and her wonderful voice.
Many of the numbers were taken from her critically acclaimed album Fire on the Floor they worked perfectly in this setting. Beth Hart’s solo performance was special. Interweaving her performance were songs that reflect her life as her career grows from strength to strength the second time around.
Tonight, Beth Hart at The Forum captivated the audience. Loving every moment Beth was on stage. The music was stripped back, exposed at times showing vulnerability, then brutal and beautiful the link between all the emotions Beth shared tonight was heartfelt honesty.
Missing the voice already? Not long to wait. Beth is back in the UK April 2018 with her band Check out the dates below and book your tickets.
Jeff Beck Live At The Hollywood Bowl Out October 2017
Jeff Beck Live At The Hollywood Bowl Out October 2017. Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce the release on 6 October 2017 of the “Live At The Hollywood Bowl” DVD, Blu-ray and DVD + 2CD from the incomparable Jeff Beck. This release captures the moment, in the summer of 2016, when Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years of his musical career with a special concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl. A fantastic line-up of guest artists joined him on stage and the show includes For Your Love, Beck’s Bolero, ’Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers, Big Block, Over Under Sideways Down, A Day In The Life, Blue Wind and more!
The set list reached back to his first recordings with The Yardbirds in 1966 and came right up to date with tracks from his most recent album “Loud Hailer.” As the evening progressed he was joined by many of the great musicians he has collaborated with over the years including Billy F. Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Hall, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart and Steven Tyler. The show climaxed with the guests all joining forces for an exhilarating encore performance of “Purple Rain” in tribute to Prince, who had passed away a couple of months before the concert.
1) The Revolution Will Be Televised 2) Over Under Sideways Down 3) Heart Full Of Soul 4) For Your Love 5) Beck’s Bolero 6) Medley: Rice Pudding / Morning Dew 7) Freeway Jam 8) You Never Know 9) ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers 10) Star Cycle 11) Blue Wind 12) Big Block 13) I’d Rather Go Blind 14) Let Me Love You 15) Live In The Dark 16) Scared For The Children 17) Rough Boy 18) Train Kept A’Rollin’ 19) Shapes Of Things 20) A Day In The Life 21) Purple Rain
With “Live At The Hollywood Bowl”, Jeff Beck marks his half century of incredible music in true style. This is a party like none other, hosted by one of the finest guitarists and performers ever joined by a cavalcade of special guests.
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Following her critically acclaimed Fire On The Floor UK tour in November 2016, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Beth Hart will perform three exclusive solo concerts in beautiful settings during October and November 2017.
The concerts will take place in Leeds Town Hall (Monday 30th October), The Forum, Bath (Wednesday 1st November) and Coventry Cathedral (Friday 3rd November).
Sultry blues, jazzy influences, rocking tunes and touching ballads; Beth Hart does it all!
Walking, Talking Singing Beth Hart Wins Colston Hall Hearts – Tonight we were enchanted under the spell of Beth’s aural seduction her vocals purred, growled and beseeched as she filled the hall with warmth, sadness and hope. Beth Hart tonight delivered more than a song, more than a show it was open, heart-rending connecting to us on an individual level. Tonight was music therapy for everyone.
Other plaudits include:-
“Beth Hart has a blues-rock voice so ballsy, it could pin you to the wall.” The Times “Beth Hart is a phenomenon.” – Rockshot “With Beth Hart, you get a versatile, genre-defying powerhouse of a vocalist and one of the great female singers of our time.”– National Rock Review
Beth’s first solo gig at London’s Union Chapel (subsequently voted by fans as the venue’s gig of the year). “It was the most terrifying experience of my entire life,” she admits. “I got up there and I was so frickin’ scared. But then, halfway through the show, I just started to enjoy it. By the end, I felt so connected to the audience, and I really felt like they did that show with me. It was like we were all the band.” Her current acclaimed album, Fire On The Floor is sure to build on her breakneck momentum. The record gave her an emotional release following the bitter-sweet sessions for Better Than Home. Fire On The Floor is the album that Beth Hart needed to make. Likewise, it’s a record that you need to hear. “I’m so pleased with it,” she concludes. “I recently had to organise the sequence of the record, and while I was doing that, I was thinking to myself, ‘Y’know, this is pretty frickin’ good…!’” Everyone at Bluesdoodles thought the album was super – here is what we wrote follow the link HERE Bluesdoodles album of 2016 – Fire On The Floor.
LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL FRIDAY 4th MAY 2018 GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATED AMERICAN SINGER SONGWRITER ANNOUNCES HER BIGGEST UK CONCERT FOLLOWING HER NOVEMBER 2016 SOLD OUT UK TOUR! “Beth Hart has a blues-rock voice so ballsy, it could pin you to the wall.” – The Times
“Beth Hart has the vulnerability of Piaf and the
power of Aretha, she can shatter windows …
and she can touch hearts.“ – Birmingham Mail
Following her SOLD-OUT and critically acclaimed November 2016 UK tour, and the overwhelming response to her latest studio album, Fire On The Floor, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Beth Hart and her band will embark on what is going to be her biggest UK concert of her career – London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall on Friday 4th May 2018.
Bluesdoodles gave Ten Doodle Paws to Fire On The Floor “Fire On The Floor is a majestic album and will burn brightly long after 2016 fades into a memory.” Read rest review HERE
‘Fire on the Floor’ album quotes
“Glorious” The Independent
“Joyous” Mojo 4/5
“Breath-taking” Maverick 5/5
“Dreamy” Classic Rock
“Oozes emotion, soul and feeling from every pore” Fireworks
“It doesn’t get any better than this” Blues Matters
Beth Hart’s new album “Fire On The Floor” is available on LP+MP3, CD and Digital fromAmazon UK
Walking, Talking Singing Beth Hart Wins Colston Hall Hearts
Colston Hall, sold out always has a fizzing vibe add into to that the expectation of Beth Hart it was before the event like a champagne popping festival.
Before the main act, Canadian Colin James opened the evening joined on stage by band member Chris Cordell. A stunning, crowd-pleasing authentic acoustic blues duo, finger picking, slide showing the dexterity of the fingers as both guitar tones complimented each other. Colin James vocals were strong shaping the lyrics and backing from Chris providing deep tones gave a depth of interest. With the latest album Blue Highway selling well we were treated to Sam Cook and Otis Rush. Colin’s resonator had a great sound that resonated with the audience who were enjoying the music with all the anticipation of Beth bubbling around the auditorium.
The Colston Hall audience were delighted to welcome Beth Hart back to Bristol. As all eyes were on the stage as the band walked on and the opening bars of More Than You’ll Ever filled the hall the vocals of Beth were heard from the back of the auditorium. Dressed in black with stunning red high heels she walked down the stairs stopping to hug, shake hands and smile without missing a beat. Beth took time as she delighted fans by being up close and personal and then she stepped up onto the stage and her band and Beth were reunited. What an entrance, spellbinding, personal and was a hint of how the rest of the evening was going to be.
There is a story behind every number which Beth shared with candour, openness and a few tears with the audience. The hard reality of the lyrics behind the songs were laid bare for the audience to pick over. We saw Beth with microphone, behind the piano and playing guitar, the set list was altered and Colston heard songs not planned but which felt right to Beth tonight. Yes, there were numbers from her current album Fire On the Floor including Coca-Cola and Fat Man. The two songs are so very different one looking back to days on the beach as the teenager and the other, Fat Man, a critic of decadence , and greed a high energy rockier number. But tonight was not about promoting the latest it was about singing the songs that Beth felt she wanted to share with this audience.
Celebrating her home and its quirky uniqueness Beth, accompanied by her acoustic guitar, serenaded The Ugliest House On The Block. It was stage presence and more tonight, Beth engaged with the packed house on so many levels through her songs and sitting staring and looking directly at you. Beth made it feel as she was singing to each of us individually in a small venue, not a packed concert hall.
There were so many spine-tingling tear jerking moments but, A Good Day To Cry was immense in its emotional delivery tonight. We wanted the music to go on but as ever the curfew was winning as Beth asked her husband if she could play one more for him. Thinking about it discarding some songs she decided tonight as the night to sing from Better Than Home, We’re Still Living In The City. Beth and her piano made this such an intimate gig in a large theatre, what talent, what personality as someone shouted, “We love you, Beth!”
The encore again was a change from the script with her wonderful emotive version of I’d Rather Go Blind and then singing A Capella version of the song, because her Manager prefers it that way, As long As I have A Song, tonight was special. Thank you, Beth, as you sang you did Pour a Dream tonight.
Tonight we were enchanted under the spell of Beth’s aural seduction her vocals purred, growled and beseeched as she filled the hall with warmth, sadness and hope.
Beth Hart tonight delivered more than a song, more than a show it was open, heart-rending connecting to us on an individual level. Tonight was music therapy for everyone.
WITH SPECIAL GUEST “COLIN JAMES” NOVEMBER 2016 UK TOUR ALMOST SOLD OUT!
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR GLASGOW O2 ACADEMY SHOW ON MONDAY 14th NOVEMBER
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, December 18th from the 24-hour ticket box office: 0844 871 8819 and from Alt-Tickets . Very special guest will be announced in the coming weeks.
Dates include Birmingham Symphony Hall (Friday 11th November),SOLD OUT Gateshead Sage(Sunday 13th November), SOLD OUT Glasgow O2 Academy (Monday 14th November),Tickets still available. Book online from Ticketweb.co.uk Bristol Colston Hall (Thursday 17th November), SOLD OUT Bournemouth Solent Hall (Saturday 19th November), SOLD OUT Manchester Bridgewater Hall (Monday 21st November), SOLD OUT and London Royal Festival Hall (Wednesday 23rd November) SOLD OUT.
Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016:
July – Sept 2016
Bluesdoodles listens to music recorded and live from across the genres. Bluesdoodles reviews all albums received with an open-mind and will always look for the elements that make the music stand out from the crowd!. The albums we award 10 doodle paws too, for us have a special connection, and acknowledge like all reviewers our scoring is subjective. Between 1st July and 30th September 2016 Bluesdoodles listened to numerous albums and reviewed 27 albums that reflect the depth and breadth of music being recorded in studios around the world. Remember albums not included on the lists are still excellent; definitely worth listening to and purchasing especially go see music live at venues near you support music and the artists who travel the roads so we can hear music full of passion and the special ingredient of a live performance.
This is the third quarter of 2016 and all of these will be in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2016.