Soul, Blues, and Rock! Intrigued?
As you many of you know I am HUGE music fan, primarily blues and rock. Unfortunately I have no musical talents other than a passion for listening to music and audiophile stereo equipment. Nothing gives me more joy than taking a record (that’s right I said record) and dropping the needle on a great blues pressing. My wife and I enjoy going to concerts together so I thought I would write about the shows that we attend. Maybe I will introduce one of our favorite artists to someone new.
We attended a show on Wed June 25th at the Highline Ballroom on 16th Street in New York City. We had the amazing privilege of witnessing the greatest female voice that I have ever heard live, now before you start jumping on me I am only 36 years old and unfortunately I have not had the privilege of seeing Etta James, Janis Joplin, Koko Taylor, or Aretha Franklin live. Her name is Beth Hart!
I was first introduced to her music about 2 years ago when she started performing with one the of the great blues guitarist of the modern era Joe Bonamassa. I heard her and I said wow she is pretty good, then I starting looking in to her background and starting learning more about her. I stumbled across a YouTube video of her performing an Etta James classic “I’d Rather Go Blind” at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2012 honoring Buddy Guy, I was simply stunned, I called my wife and said you have to listen to this. You can see the performance here. From that point on I started to listen to all of her music, so much so my 3 year old daughter loves her new album and can sing along to most of the songs. Her favorite song is Bang Bang Boom Boom. The interesting thing for me about Beth is it is hard to label her a specific genre, in one breath she will sing soulful songs like Etta James or pure rock at octanes the likes of Robert Plant and Chris Cornell.
On to the show, Beth played a 17 song set that featured some of her hits from her newest album Bang Bang Boom Boom. Her band was fabulous as well, led by long time guitarist Jon Nichols led us through a blues and jazz filled set. Some of my favorites from the show were; Sinners Prayer, The Ugliest House on the Block, I’d Rather Go Blind (Etta James), and Baddest Blues. My only disappointment was I did not get to hear her Tom Waits cover of Chocolate Jesus, hopefully next time. Please check her out you will not be disappointed, unless you have bad taste in music (just kidding)! www.bethhart.com
Up next will be my daughter Juliette’s first concert. We will be going to the Great South Bay Music Festival to the see the legendary B.B. King! Stay tuned.
About the Author: Joseph Carbone, Jr.