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Very few singers can hold their own, and shine even, when pitted alongside Jeff Beck. But that's just what singer Beth Hart did when she performed with the guitar god last December at the2012 Kennedy Center Honor to blues great Buddy Guy.
Hart and Beck served up a scorching version of I'd Rather Go Blind, written by Ellington Jordan and first recorded by Etta James, and the recording appears on Hart's dynamic new album, Bang Bang Boom Boom. Also included is Hart collaboration with guitar star Joe Bonamassa on the soulful show-stopper There In Your Heart (the two previously paired on the 2011 duet LP, Don't Explain).
Hart's reputation as a volcanic blues, rock, soul and gospel singer has been on the rise since the early '90s, but on the Kevin Shirley-produced Bang Bang Boom Boom (he also helmed Don't Explain), she leapfrogs to the head of the class. “I’m pretty hard on myself," Hart admits. "I can never get my voice to sound like my heroes. On this new record, though, I get pretty close, and that’s because of Kevin’s production, along with his belief in my abilities as a singer and writer."
On the subject of heroes, we sat down with Hart to ask her about the singers she admires. On the following pages, she lists and discusses the 10 vocalists that she says have influenced her the most (arranged alphabetically).
Check out the video below of Hart performing Bang Bang Boom Boom from At: Guitar Center With Nic Harcourt. To hear more, click here.