Beth Hart w/ Christine Santelli
Event on 2013-05-17 20:00:00
ABOUT BETH HART
Earlier this year, at the Kennedy Center Honors, Beth Hart delivered the most riveting performance of the evening with Jeff Beck where they paid tribute to blues legend Buddy Guy. Beth's rendition of "I'd Rather Go Blind" marked her first U.S. TV appearance in more than a decade. She blew everyone away, and her performance was received with a rare non-honoree standing ovation.
No one expected to be so blown away by an artist they'd hardly or never heard of. As the Baltimore Sun put it, "Everyone was on their feet when [Beck and Hart's] soul-searing performance ended." In a pre-telecast Q&A with Entertainment Weekly, the show's producer Michael Stevens alerted readers to not miss the goose-bump-provoking performance: "There's a singer named Beth Hart…it's like the Bettye LaVette moment that we had four years ago – someone relatively unknown coming out of nowhere and the house falling apart and giving her a standing ovation."
A KILLER singer, Beth has been compared to Janis Joplin and Etta James and has one of the best "comeback" stories you've heard. In the late 90s, she had everything going for her and lost it all to drugs and alcohol abuse. Her label dropped her, she lost tours, TV appearances, everything. She hit bottom, and hard, but then she began to turn her life around. It's taken her about a decade to get back on her feet, but she's done it – she's sober, she's healthy, she's focused, and she's ready.
Beth has spent a great deal of the last several years working in Europe, slowly building back that buzz and fan base. Since getting clean, performers like Jeff Beck, Slash and Joe Bonamassa have recognized her talent and initiated collaborations with her. She's currently in the studio making her second album with Bonamassa. Moving forward, Beth is preparing for North America to take a fresh look at her with the April 2, 2013 release of Bang Bang Boom Boom, produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Joe Bonamassa), who assembled some of the finest musicians playing today.
If you didn't see Beth's riveting performance she gave with Jeff Beck at the recent Kennedy Center Honors, check it out:
Joe Bonamassa, Anouk, Melissa Ethridge, Gov't Mule, Heather Nova
ABOUT CHRISTINE SANTELLI
Christine Santelli has been on the NYC music scene for more than 2 decades. She has toured around the world and has released 8 CD’s over her long career. Her most recent album, “Dragonfly was chosen 2012 Album of the Year by Deep Roots Magazine. "Dragonfly," continues to burnish her reputation as a critically respected artist with that much sought-after quality—street cred”….Dave McGee veteran former Rolling Stone writer emeritus and distinguished author, "…Christine Santelli’s solo acoustic stunner Dragonfly is a complex, coming of age work…the matured singer-songwriter whose voice and acoustic guitar alone give wings to her poetry."
“Dragonfly” was a direct result of a project she embarked on in the summer of 2010. Christine wrote and video taped 100 original songs in 100 consecutive days and shared them on Facebook and Youtube. She chose 15 of these originals and recorded them for her first solo acoustic album. These 15 weren’t the only songs chosen to be recorded that year.
Soul Singer Bettye LaVette recorded “Old”, one of the 100 songs from Miss Santelli’s project. The song was released on Bettye LaVette’s latest Deluxe Album “More Thankful n’ More Thoughtful”, November of 2012. …‘Old’, simply a dead slow masterpiece, penned by Christine Santelli, lyrically draining as is Bettye’s performance over the simplest of backing…The Basement Britain #1 Soul magazine.
Christine has performed festivals and many live shows in throughout the globe including South Africa, Norway, Germany, Switzerland (Montreaux Jazz fest among others) Russia, France, Spain and of course the US. -She is currently on tour and will be playing shows in Johnson City TN, Greer SC, Athens GA, Savannah GA, Silverhill Al, Mobile Al, and Nashville Tn.
Deep Roots Magazine is hardly alone in their praise of Christine. Rick Anderson, in the All Music Guide, wrote, "…A solid roots rock winner." of her 2009 Vizztone Release “Any Better Time”. Diana Schwaeble of the Hudson Current, observed, "…(her) lush vocals, confident guitar licks and vibrant story telling are…richly hypnotic."
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