Posted March 8, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
Last night the local PBS station showed “Dust to Dreams”, recorded in Las Vegas about a year ago at the opening of a performing arts center there. The performances were varied and excellent, including Jennifer Hudson, Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Merle Haggard, John Fogerty, Carole King, an unbelievable violin player, and on and on.
So, now and then it’s good to break up the serious nature of the blog with music videos from YouTube, and the search for selections from the PBS program began. Well, eventually the search led to clips from Kennedy Center Honors where, because the artists performing are paying tribute to the honorees up in the skybox, you find excellent heart-felt performances. The artists performing the musician honorees’ creations put their best into it, because they are honoring their fellow artists.
Being a big fan of Buddy Guy, I listened to legendary guitarist Jeff Beck and a woman singer I had never heard of before, Beth Hart, pay tribute to Buddy Guy with a blues song “I’d Rather Go Blind”. Beth Hart’s voice is incredible. Listening to Beth Hart sing was like listening to Janis Joplin the way Janis Joplin would have wanted to sing if she could. Beth Hart reminds you of Janis Joplin, only better.
Honestly, I’m astonished by the fact that before March 2014 I had never heard of this tremendous woman singer by the name of Beth Hart. The raw power of her voice simply surpasses virtually every other female singer who has gained great popularity – ever. So, here is one of Beth Hart’s softer performances from 2008: “Soul Shine”.
(Thanks to Ellzjon @ YouTube)