MONDAY, December 3, 2012 — At the specific request of the legendary Jeff Beck, singer Beth Hart joined the guitarist on stage last night at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center Opera House to pay tribute to pioneering blues legend Buddy Guy who received a 2012 Kennedy Center Honors for his lifetime of contributions to American Culture. Guy was feted alongside comedian and television host David Letterman, actor and director Dustin Hoffman, ballet dancer Natalia Makarova, and rock group Led Zeppelin, with President Obama and the First Lady in attendance.
As part of the annual Honors Gala, Beck and Hart, working with the show’s Musical Director Rob Mathes and a crème de la crème group of musicians, saluted Buddy Guy with a performance of “I’d Rather Go Blind,” the 1968 blues and soul classic written by Ellington Jordan and first recorded by Etta James. Further tribute to Guy was paid with additional performances by multiple Grammy winner Tracy Chapman, Texas blues guitar god Jimmie Vaughan, white-hot blues-rock singer/guitarist Gary Clark, Jr., and nine-time Grammy winning singer/guitarist, Bonnie Raitt. Guy’s tribute finale saw all of the performers on stage together for the song “Sweet Home Chicago,” with Raitt, Chapman, and Beth Hart sharing the song’s vocals.
The Kennedy Center Honors performances were recorded for broadcast, and the two-hour special will air on the CBS Network on Wednesday, December 26 at 9:00PM ET/PT.
Hart first began her collaboration with Jeff Beck when she was the featured vocalist on his 2006 tour, and the two have remained great friends and mutual admirers since. When the Kennedy Center Honors producers approached Beck to pay tribute to Buddy Guy, he expressly asked for Beth to join him.
Beth will see her new album, Bang Bang Boom Boom released in North America on April 2, 2013. (Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group). Produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa, Jimmy Page/The Black Crowes, Dream Theater), and backed up by an extraordinary group of musicians, Bang Bang Boom Boom features eleven stunning blues, rock, jazz and soul-influenced tracks, all written or co-written by Hart and recorded in early 2012.
Feb 18 2013 will see the release of Robben Fords new studio album “Bringing It Back Home”.
A well chosen title as on “Bringing It Back Home” Robben Ford returns back to form, the blues.
“Bringing It Back Home is the album I really wanted to make right now,” according to Robben Ford, “My concept was to put great players together with songs that have deep roots and rich emotional terrain, and to just let something beautiful happen. As it turns out, that’s exactly what occurred. The results are really pure, and the most fun I’ve had making an album in years.”
Pre-order your copy here Robben Ford Webshop
We congratulate Ozzy rockers Tracer for winning in the “Best New Band” catagory of 2012′s edition of the Classic Rock Awards!
Michael Brown (vocals/guitar): “I’m absolutely stoked about winning the Classic Rock Award for Best New Band! It still blows my mind that we are creating and playing music we love and people are responding to it and we’re getting awards for it!!”
Provogue’s very own Walter Trout and Robert Cray were featured in a documentary about Blues legend BB King
Check out Beth’s amazing performance on Later with Jools Holland.
Robert Cray stopped by the biggest Dutch radio station to perform a few songs. Click on the video below to watch!
Yesterday, Beth Hart was a guest on the prestigious Later… with Jools Holland show on BBC2. You can see a clip of her performance below, besides “Bang Bang Boom Boom” she also played a wonderful version of “Baddest Blues”.
Click this link and vote Beth Hart’s performance as best of the evening!