FEMALE BLUES SINGER HART ON FIRE COLLABORATING WITH WORLD’S BEST GUITAR PLAYERS
ALBUM FEATURES A COLLECTION OF SONGS MADE FAMOUS BY ARTISTS INCLUDING ARETHA FRANKLIN, ETTA JAMES, BILLIE HOLIDAY, DONNIE HATHAWAY, LUCINDA WILLIAMS, BUDDY MILES, TINA TURNER, SLACKWAX, MELODY GARDOT, AND NINA SIMONE
LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Much buzzed about singer-songwriter Beth Hart , known for her raw and powerful blues-rock sound, and guitarist Joe Bonamassa, one of the best guitarists of his generation, will release their sophomore album of classic soul covers Seesaw on May 21, 2013 via J&R Adventures (and May 20 in Europe via Mascot Records).Produced by Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes), the album features Hart’s scorching interpretations of eleven songs, with Bonamassa on guitar and an all-star band filling out the tracks. It was recorded in January 2013 at Revolver Studios in Thousand Oaks, CA and The Cave in Malibu, CA . The duo will play a select run of live shows in Europe in June, with two Amsterdam dates at Carre Theatre being filmed for a future DVD release.
Download the free single of “Seesaw” here.
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Pre-order starts Friday, April 19th at www.hartandbonamassa.com.
A force of nature with powerhouse vocals, Hart has been in the spotlight since her show-stopping set with Jeff Beck on the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors to pay tribute to blues legend Buddy Guy. The duo received a rare, non-honoree standing ovation when they played “I’d Rather Go Blind” – a song she and Bonamassa originally covered together on Don’t Explain – which the Baltimore Sun called a “soul-searing performance.” Hart reunited with Beck onstage at last week’s Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, which featured blues and guitar greats like Albert Lee, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, Keith Urban, Keb’ Mo’, and John Mayer. Together they performed Howlin’ Wolf’s “I Ain’t Superstitious” and the Beck/Stevie Ray Vaughan-penned “Goin’ Down.”
Seesaw is the follow up to 2011′s Don’t Explain, on which Slant called Hart “a simply peerless frontwoman;” AllMusic.com said “Bonamassa and band accent her every phrase with requisite rowdiness, sting and grit.” About.com called the duo “a match made in heaven” and MOJO praised their “potent musical chemistry.” The album was nominated for a 2012 Blues Music Award.
Seesaw opens with a joyous horn reveille to kick off “Them There Eyes,” made famous in 1939 by Billie Holiday —one of Hart’s biggest inspirations. “My mother turned me on to this song when I was a kid,” says Beth. “I love the bubbliness. It’s sexy, it’s fun, and it has a great swing to it.” On the track “Nutbush City Limits,” Hart wails with an intensity that would make Tina Turner proud, and her slow and soulful burn on “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” pairs dramatically with Bonamassa’s smoking guitar. The tempo kicks up several notches with Hart’s tight, rocking vocals on “Can’t Let Go,” from Lucinda Williams’ Grammy-winning 1998 album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. It’s followed by her fierce cover of “ Miss Lady,” the Buddy Miles song that was originally produced by Jimi Hendrix. Hart revisits Melody Gardot’s songbook to deliver a sultry, jazzy rendition of “If I Tell You I Love You.” “See Saw,” is a Don Covay/Steve Cropper composition from Aretha Franklin’s 1968 album Aretha Now. The album closes with Hart’s haunting and atmospheric version of “Strange Fruit,” a song that began as a poem about American racism—and lynching—by Abel Meeropol.
To back Hart up, Bonamassa assembled the band that was heard on his #1 Blues album The Ballad of John Henry (2009) and on Don’t Explain: Anton Fig (drums, percussion), Blondie Chaplin (guitar), and Carmine Rojas (bass), as well as Arlan Schierbaum (keyboards). Lenny Castro plays percussion and Michael Rhodes plays bass on the track “I’ll Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know.” Collectively, they have performed with hundreds of artists including The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss, and the CBS Orchestra on Late Night with David Letterman.
On April 2, Hart released her first U.S. album in a decade, Bang Bang Boom Boom, to stellar reviews. Bonamassa released his first live acoustic CD/DVD/Blu-ray, An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House, on March 26 to enthusiastic reviews. With Vienna , Bonamassa became the first artist to tally 10 No. 1s on Billboard’s Blues Albums chart, passing B.B. King (nine) for the most No. 1s. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble have seven, followed by Eric Clapton with six.
Seesaw Track Listing:
1. Them There Eyes 2:31
2. Close To My Fire 5:12
3. Nutbush City Limits 3:34
4. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know 7:03
5. Can’t Let Go 4:00
6. Miss Lady 4:54
7. If I Tell You I Love You 3:36
8. Rhymes 5:03
9. Sunday Kind Of Love 3:55
10. See Saw 3:25
11. Strange Fruit 5:45
For more information: http://www.hartandbonamassa.com/
SOURCE J&R Adventures
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New Warren Zevon Book Just Released: “Lawyers Guns & Photos: Photographs and Tales of My Adventures with Warren Zevon”
See Warren Zevon, as he has never seen him before. The book contains over 150 never before seen photos. It was written by George Gruel, Warren’s aide-de-camp from 1978-83. This book is a must for all Warren Zevon fans. Also, it has the blessing of the entire Zevon family. This is a positive, uplifting, look at one of the most talented songwriters of our time. There are tons of family and in-the-studio photos. It is available through http://www.biggorillabooks.com
Troy, NY (PRWEB) May 03, 2012
George doesn’t know why he saved all this stuff for all of these years, but he’s certainly glad he did. The photos were not properly stored, but somehow, they survived, as did he. It was a fabulous time to be the music business, and in Los Angeles, especially with Warren and all of the adventures they had. Warren introduced George to a lot of really interesting people and ideas.
There has been plenty written about the darker side of Warren’s life. George thinks the good out weighs the bad. A lot of people had a lot of wonderful times with him. This book celebrates those times and the man Warren was when he was not in combat with his demons. His humor and biting wit were a splendid thing to be around. The bad may have sold papers and intrigued folks, but the good side of WZ is far more interesting.
People often comment that they wished that the media covered more good news and stories of unique humans doing interesting things. Well, this is one of those good news stories that needs to told, hence, this book.
Warren had a multitude of friends that have countless stories of fun, creative and hilarious times with him. This is one of them. George spent a little over five years with Warren; five years that he says were some of the best days of his life. After perusing this book you’ll have a bit more insight into the wonderful, fun loving and complex individual that was Warren William Zevon. Enjoy the ride.
Here are some of the early comments:
“George, thanks for this rare peek into the era of Dad’s true rock and roll adventures. I was too young then to understand any of the fucked up insanity of his perplexing character – I just knew I loved my Daddy. Now I can look back and appreciate him anew.” – Ariel Zevon
“This photographic treasure trove brings back the Good, the Bad and the Ugly… Just like Warren would have wanted it.” – Crystal Zevon
“A remarkable collection of photos, of the remarkable life, of a remarkable man. And, as a bonus, George’s spot-on picture memoir is occasionally, as creatively eccentric, as Mr. Z, himself.” – Baron Wolman
“We’re told to be forward thinking. This book shows why looking back is so valuable. Memories of an old friend who did a lot to influence many great musician song writers. People get to see into the life and times of a warm, funny and talented artist. Yes, he liked Vodka, guns and other destructive things, but he was really just a great guy.” – Rick Marotta
“Júye, Júye, the book looks great, and great photos.” – Jorge Calderon
“In this book, George captured us all… the feelings and emotions of the time. Warren and I were the original Modern Family. I was Warren’s Bonnie and Warren was my Clyde – Uncensored, eccentric, and brilliant. We were brought together by the love of Music, the Arts, and each other… all while holding on for dear life. We robbed no banks, we took no prisoners… just pictures. Thank you for your honest, and heartfelt perspective, George. Warren would say, you have kept us in your heart and held us for a while.” – Kim Lankford
“Well kids, I can’t tell you whether or not there’s a Santa Claus, but I can tell you this. One year, when I was 13, Santa Claus came as George Gruel, in full Santa suit. I sat on his lap and never felt safer. If you want a rock-n-roll man in your corner, it’s the one that has hugs for days, as long as you have the right pass, because you can never be too careful. I was lucky enough to have the all access”. – Jordan Zevon
“This is fabulous, thanks so much for putting this together. I’m gonna be looking at this a lot.” – David Landau
“Perfect! ….with Warren they did not break the mold…. he was freehand!!!” – Leland Sklar
“This is great! I think what I love about it the most, is how it shows Warren’s effect on people. Granted, those people were mostly nuts, but that’s what I love about it….. and again, these are the stories the real fans, and the nut jobs, will both love!” – Anita Gevinson
“George was the only guy who was always “there”. Good thing too, or we might not have made it; certainly would not remember it.” – Niko Bolas
“Bet Warren would’ve put a bullet into a “Nook” – All hail the written word and the publication of this book written by the eminent Mr. Gruel – St. Zevon’s, aide de camp.” – Ronnie Sweeting
George knows you will enjoy this book.
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