BETH HART ROCKS NASHVILLE
DECEMBER 29, 2011
Beth Hart makes a stop in Nashville, Tennessee on her way across the ocean for a run of European shows. The sold out show at "3rd and Lindsley" is Hart's fourth time and the never ending line outside proves she is loved in this town. There really is no other place to be on this night in Nashville.
Openers ZEN ROAD PILOTS demonstrate immediately as they take the stage why Hart personally picked them. The three piece band has the make-up of THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, bringing Hendrix sixties style to the forefront while using blues as a great foundation to build on. The crowd responded with hoots and hollers while applauding, letting this opener know they are a treat. Monty Byrom (guitars, vocals) has a voice that most blues singers can only dream about. It is rare that we make our way down to the front at any show but it was a necessity to get up close to see just who had the amazing chops. As if the vocals were not enough, he began to fire off tribal guitar solos with blistering precision and had all eyes locked on the stage.
Ira Walker (bass,vocals) gives the vibe of Jimi Hendrix with the lookof Michael D. Roberts as Rooster on Baretta. Rooster was one of the greatest characters on television in the 70's. Rooster's look was based on a combination of Jazz musicians of the 20's and the pimping style of the 70's. Walker is more than his look as he commands the stage with punishing funk driven bass. His vocals blend with Byrom's and add smooth overtones which become another instrument all together. It was hard to take your eyes off the stage as each songs builds to the next. Tom "Fee" Falletti (drums, percussion,vocals) has such flare behind the kit that he is often driven to stand and play, only bringing the crowd more in-sync. He came with a complete kit, not just a couple toms, a snare, high hat and some cymbals. His kit was loaded and he was ready to rock the crowd until the very end of their set. His back beats dominate the direction of every song yet he knew when a song called for a quiet touch. This band is the real deal live with their ability to grab the crowd's attention early then playing to them while letting the music do the talking.
When Beth Hart hit the stage she was still feeling the effects of an illness she had been unable to shake. That in no way was going to keep her from giving the crowd what they came for, what they were demanding, what they stood in line for...A Freaking Rock Show. Her voice was struggling through the first song, then she began to draw the energy from the crowd as they seemed to be the healing medicine she needed. The louder the crowd responded after each song, the more powerful her vocals became during the next song.
Every inch of the stage has her prints on it whether it be foot or hands she moved as if the venue was an arena rather than a club. She hit the crowd with a rock attitude as only the best can do. The medicine the audience was injecting directly into her veins made her dance while tapping out to the beat of some of her powerhouse songs. Her lyrics in songs like "Skin" and "Favorite Things" demand she sit down at the keyboard which only added to the emotion, allowing the combination to draw all eyes to her.
Leaving some of RUSTYSCAGE.COM favorites on the cutting room floor such as "Spiders in my Bed", "Get Yo' Shit Together", "Broken & Ugly" and "Bottle of Jesus" she was still able to pull out some of her best rock songs. "Delicious Surprise" and "Good as it Gets" were heavy hitters on the 'to do list'. She bared her soul with "Leave the light on" and "Soul Shine" as she is of the rare breed with a hard exterior presence who can dip into the deepest darkest places to electrify the crowd.
She announced to the crowd that she was going for a smoke break and unlike many other artists we have seen who leave the stage for extended lengths of time, she bopped back out within minutes. It was as if she did not want to lose the feel the show had begun to build. Giving the crowd everything they came to see and more, Hart delivered in conjunction with her band who together were at the top of their game. The room stood dark for awhile after the band wrapped up in each others arms and took their bows. Hard to believe the crowd got louder chanting for her return for just one more song. Finally the sound-man slid his fingers across his throat and the audience knew it was truly over. Not one person felt jaded as Hart gave her all.
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