Contemporary Blues Album of The Year
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
180g Vinyl LP!
Beth Hart is on fire. The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter has been riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. "Fire On the Floor" is a release that even this fiercely self-critical artist describes as "pretty frickin' good".
The Blues Magazine once dubbed Beth Hart 'the ultimate female rock star', and there's no doubt that her two-decade career is the ultimate thrill-ride. Born in L.A., she released a fistful of hit albums through the '90s, then reignited in the post-millennium as both a solo artist and head-turning vocalist for guitar heroes like Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck, and Slash.
Hart has truly blossomed in recent years. In April 2015, she released "Better Than Home" which was a critical and commercial smash that topped the iTunes Blues Chart and was crowned #4 Best Blues Album of The Year by Mojo magazine.
Fire On the Floor is sure to build on her breakneck momentum. As the singer explains, this latest record gave her an emotional release following the bitter-sweet sessions for Better Than Home. If there's a theme that ties these twelve songs together, it's a sense of escapism following the hardest of times. "We were still in the mixing stages for that album and I knew I had to make another record. Making Better Than Home was so painful, because one of the producers, Michael Stevens, was dying of cancer. It was a very emotional record to write and to make. I wanted the songs for Fire On the Floor to get born real quick."
Beth's first call was to the acclaimed producer Oliver Leiber, who called a session at his home studio in Toluca Lake and drafted a crack studio band that included Michael Landau (guitar), Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Brian Allen (bass), Rick Marotta (drums), Jim Cox (piano), Dean Parks (acoustic guitar), and Ivan Neville (B3 and organ). "Oliver rounded up some amazing musicians," nods Beth. "Michael Landau and Waddy Wachtel are legends, so when I found out we had them, I just couldn't believe it. If you don't have great musicians, you're not gonna have a very good record, are you?"
These twelve songs on Fire On the Floor run the gamut of genre, reflecting Beth's eclectic teenage influences, which took in everything from gospel, soul and classical to the seismic rock of Soundgarden. "As a writer," she nods, "I feel really stifled if I'm trying to write in the same style. I just can't do that. Growing up as a kid, I was raised all over the place stylistically, loving so many different genres."
As such, you'll find everything from the spring-heeled soul of Let's Get Together to the brittle rock of Fat Man. Other upbeat highlights include the salsa-tinged Baby Shot Me Down and the jazz-inflected Coca Cola, with a vocal that reminds you why Beth was recently voted as the 20th best blues singer of all-time in The Blues.
Fire On the Floor is the album that Beth Hart needed to make. Likewise, it's a record that you need to hear.
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1. Jazz Man
2. Love Gangster
3. Coca Cola
4. Let's Get Together
5. Picture In A Frame
6. Fat Man
1. Fire On the Floor
2. Woman You've Been Dreaming Of
3. Baby Shot Me Down
4. Good Day To Cry
5. Love Is A Lie
6. No Place Like Home