Beth Hart makes a power play
The blues is a true American art form, but in recent decades it seems like blues music has enjoyed much greater popularity abroad than in its birthplace. That’s been the case for singer-songwriter Beth Hart, whose blues-infused rock music made a splash in the U.S. with her 1999 album Screamin’ for My Supper, including hit single “LA Song,” but whose later albums were often released primarily overseas.
Hart is finally getting her due (again) in the U.S., though, thanks in part to her ongoing collaborations with blues guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa, with whom she’s recorded three studio albums (including Black Coffee, released last month), and her entire back catalog is now much more accessible to American listeners. Hart’s renewed her attention on touring in the U.S., which means that American fans now get more chances to hear her gritty, soulful, soaring voice, which can articulate the deepest anguish and the greatest joy with equal skill. She’s experienced both in her life, coming back from serious addiction and mental health issues to find herself in a happier and healthier place, and her songs reflect all the struggles and triumphs she’s gone through. That’s powerful stuff with worldwide appeal.
House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17, starting at $30 plus tax and fee, 18+. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster