Beth Hart - The Brook, Southampton 25th November 2011
You cannot take your eyes off of Beth when she is on stage - whether seated behind the piano singing emotional songs like "Leave the Light On", rocking up front with the band playing "For my Friend", or telling raucous anecdotes between songs. She was totally mesmerising. We had a number of songs from the "Don't Explain" Bonamassa collaboration including - "Sinner's Prayer", "Chocolate Jesus" and "Well, Well", along with a host of others from her back catalogue including "L.A. Song" and "My California"(which was dedicated to her road manager husband, along with the story of how they met). The night flew by and Beth looked like she was enjoying it as much as we were.
I'm sure Beth get's fed up of reading reviews that mention her past, but it makes her performance even more astonishing when you know her background: alcohol addiction from the age of 11, drugs from 15, dropped by her record company after appearing on TV looking emaciated, a jail sentence for writing false prescriptions..any one of these would be devastating to most people. Thankfully she got into rehab and we now have one of the best blues/rock singers alive today.
If you've never heard her then do yourself a favour and go see her, buy the albums, go on YouTube, whatever it takes.. at the very least check out the footage below to see why I think that I may be a little bit in love with Mrs Hart.