Beth Hart live
Vicar St – 31st January 2020
Ulster Hall – 2nd February 2020
NEW ALBUM ‘WAR IN MY MIND’ RELEASED ON FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2019 VIA PROVOGUE
“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
Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Beth Hart will be releasing her brand new studio album War In My Mind on 27th September via Provogue and, following the stunning sold out performace at the Royal Festival Hall, London in May 2018, she will be bringing her band back for a January-February 2020 UK & Ireland tour. The tour will start in Dublin at Vicar St on 31st January and will then travel to Ulster Hall, Belfast on 2nd February.
Beth Hart is as real as it gets. In a music industry full of glossy production and airbrushed photoshoots, this is one artist who throws down her cards, shares her darkest secrets and invites you to join her for the ride. "More than any record I've ever made, I'm more open to being myself on these songs," Beth explains. "I've come a long way with healing, and I'm comfortable with my darknesses, weirdnesses and things that I'm ashamed of – as well as all the things that make me feel good."
War In My Mind also wraps up a frustrating strand of unfinished business for Beth. Back in 2003, the heavyweight producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Dave Matthews Band, Goo Goo Dolls) was in the frame to mix the singer's Leave The Light On album. "But the producer I was with at the time," recounts Beth, "went ahead without my approval, turned the mix in to Rob – and he passed." Fast-forward 15 years, and at a chance dinner party attended by Cavallo, fate intervened. The host encouraged Beth to play one of her new songs. “After I'd played them,” she remembers, “Rob came up and said, 'You've grown a lot as a songwriter – and I want to record these songs with you'. And he turned out to be one of the coolest people that I've ever worked with."
The sleeve shot of Beth pounding a piano below her own personal stormcloud is a fitting representation of new material that hits like a force of nature. It opens with the anti-love song Bad Woman Blues. "It's about a woman who doesn't have any interest whatsoever in being good, because she knows she's not. But instead of hating herself for it, she's very clear with the man. Like, 'Baby, I'm an asshole and a frickin' witch, but you are gonna have fun with me'."
Having followed the fascinating career of Beth Hart for a quarter-century, we've learned not to rule anything out – so long as it's real. And now, with War In My Mind, this songwriter has made a record that bares her soul, wears her heart on her sleeve, and makes no apology for it. "Y'know," she concludes, "when we did the photoshoot for this new album, it was the first time that I said, 'No makeup and no airbrushing'. It was the first time that hearing my voice back didn't make me sick. It was just neat to be 47 and not trying to be young, and competitive, and all of these things that I've always felt like I'm supposed to be. On this record, something told me, just let it be what it is, man. I think I'm starting to make a little headway, getting closer to the truth. And I might not know what the truth is... but I'm OK with that."
Tickets priced £45/ €49 are available from www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.
Belfast tickets also available from www.ulsterhall.co.uk || Box Office (028) 9033 4455