Press Release

February 2020 UK Tour

Tickets on sale Friday 26th July
www.alttickets.com/beth-hart-tickets

New Album "War In My Mind"
Released Friday 27th September
2019
Via Provogue

"Beth Hart has a blues-rock voice so ballsy, it could pin you to the wall."

- The Times

"Beth Hart has the vulnerability of Piaf and the power of Aretha, she can shatter windows and she can touch hearts."

- Birmingham Mail


Photo Credit: © Greg Watermann

The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Beth Hart will be releasing her brand new studio album War In My Mind on 27th September via Provogue and, following the stunning sold out performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London in May 2018, she will be bringing her band back for a February 2020 UK Tour.

Tickets will go on sale Friday 26th July via www.alttickets.com/beth-hart-tickets.

The tour will begin in Dublin and travel through Belfast, Brighton, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Gateshead, Manchester, Sheffield, Plymouth and finish in Southampton. Hart will also be headlining the Blues Stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone, this weekend, Sunday 21st July.

Beth Hart is as real as it gets. In a music industry full of glossy production and airbrushed photoshoots, this is one artist who throws down her cards, shares her darkest secrets and invites you to join her for the ride. "More than any record I've ever made, I'm more open to being myself on these songs," Beth explains. "I've come a long way with healing, and I'm comfortable with my darknesses, weirdnesses and things that I'm ashamed of – as well as all the things that make me feel good."

The success of 2016's Fire On The Floor album has garnered yet more critical acclaim, growing sales and sold-out shows at iconic venues from the Ryman Auditorium to the Royal Albert Hall (scene of last year's triumphant live DVD). But as the singer reminds us, her life has always moved in cycles – "things get good then go to crap, get good then go to crap" – and it's in these extremes that many of her best songs are born. "On this album, I'm even closer to vulnerability and openness about my life, about love, addiction, my bipolar, my dad, my sister..."

War In My Mind also wraps up a frustrating strand of unfinished business for Beth. Back in 2003, the heavyweight producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Dave Matthews Band, Goo Goo Dolls) was in the frame to mix the singer's Leave The Light On album. "But the producer I was with at the time," recounts Beth, "went ahead without my approval, turned the mix in to Rob – and he passed." Fast-forward 15 years, and at a chance dinner party attended by Cavallo, fate intervened. The host encouraged Beth to play one of her new songs. “After I'd played them,” she remembers, “Rob came up and said, 'You've grown a lot as a songwriter – and I want to record these songs with you'. And he turned out to be one of the coolest people that I've ever worked with."

The sleeve shot of Beth pounding a piano below her own personal stormcloud is a fitting representation of new material that hits like a force of nature. It opens with the anti-love song Bad Woman Blues. "It's about a woman who doesn't have any interest whatsoever in being good, because she knows she's not. But instead of hating herself for it, she's very clear with the man. Like, 'Baby, I'm an asshole and a frickin' witch, but you are gonna have fun with me'."

A stately piano ballad that swells to an epic anthem, the title track explores the addiction-troubled years when Beth felt she couldn't go on, Let It Grow is so emotionally honest that its mere mention brings Beth to the brink of tears. "That song is just about having so much hope in the face of being hopeless.” The hedonistic groove of Try A Little Harder evokes the tumbling dice of the Vegas Strip. "It's me jumping into my father's body back in the '70s when he was a high-roller," she explains. "So I'm using his mania for being a baccarat player and my mania for making music. My father and I are so much alike, it's ridiculous. That song makes me feel confident, happy, and more forgiving of my bipolar disorder."

Having followed the fascinating career of Beth Hart for a quarter-century, we've learned not to rule anything out – so long as it's real. And now, with War In My Mind, this songwriter has made a record that bares her soul, wears her heart on her sleeve, and makes no apology for it. "Y'know," she concludes, "when we did the photoshoot for this new album, it was the first time that I said, 'No makeup and no airbrushing'. It was the first time that hearing my voice back didn't make me sick. It was just neat to be 47 and not trying to be young, and competitive, and all of these things that I've always felt like I'm supposed to be. On this record, something told me, just let it be what it is, man. I think I'm starting to make a little headway, getting closer to the truth. And I might not know what the truth is... but I'm OK with that."

"I'm sure it will not be long before Beth Hart is back again so tell your friends and go along. It will be one of, if not the best gig you will go to all year!"

- Bournemouth Daily Echo

"Her personal struggles have defined her and her music and the end result is an assured performer who connects totally with her crowd and her pain has given her an enviable oeuvre that she never fails to deliver with passion, commitment, humour and grace."

- Bristol 24/7

"With every album and tour she seems to go from strength to strength. Beth Hart is one of the truly great singer-songwriters of our time, a genre-defying powerhouse vocalist."

- National Rock Review

"There are singers, there are good singers - and then there is Beth Hart. The Bridgewater Hall was the latest in a series of sold out venues around the UK to experience the power, passion and purity of this extraordinary artist."

- Lancashire Telegraph

February 2020 UK Tour

Tickets on sale Friday 26th July
www.alttickets.com/beth-hart-tickets


Dome, Brighton

Wednesday 5th February 2020

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Church St, Brighton BN1 1UE
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Eventim Apollo, London

Saturday 8th February 2020

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45 Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith, London W6 9QH
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Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Sunday 9th February 2020

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Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA
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St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Wednesday 12th February 2020

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9-11 The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH
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Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Friday 14th February 2020

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2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3NY
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The Sage, Gateshead

Saturday 15th February 2020

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St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Monday 17th February 2020

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Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS
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City Hall, Sheffield

Thursday 20th February 2020

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Barker's Pool, Sheffield S1 2JA
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The Pavilions, Plymouth

Saturday 22nd February 2020

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Millbay Rd, Plymouth PL1 3LF
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O2 Guildhall, Southampton

Monday 24th February 2020

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W Marlands Rd, Southampton SO14 7LP
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Further Information

For tour interviews, review tickets and photo passes
Peter Noble and Michaela Sauter at Noble PR
Tel: +44 (0) 207 272 7772
Email: peter@noblepr.co.uk, michaela@noblepr.co.uk

For album interviews and review copies
Lee Puddefoot at Mascot Records UK
Email:
lee@mascotlabelgroup.com