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Beth Hart

Egyptian Theatre, Feb. 9

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Though she first burst onto the blues rock scene in the 1990s, it would be a mistake to write off Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Beth Hart before her time. In 2018, Hart is still an on-stage powerhouse, and will bring her smoldering sound—courtesy of mixed-bag influences ranging from gospel and soul to blues and classic rock—to Boise to promote her newest album, Fire On The Floor (Provogue Records, 2016). Hart has paired up with Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck and Slash, complementing their guitar mastery with a voice described as "burnt honey." Fire on the Floor showcases her rasp at its finest, her raw emotion bursting from every track. According to Hart's website, "If there's a theme that ties these 12 songs together, it's a sense of escapism following the hardest of times"—and no wonder, considering it was written in part as a goodbye to producer Michael Stevens, who was terminally ill with cancer. "We recorded 16 songs in three days," writes Hart, calling the emotional dive "a brutal experience."

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