Beth Hart

Beth Hart has been through almost everything. She’s tasted the sweetness of success, topping the Billboard charts, and she has clung on to a bottle laying in the gutter. She has been betrayed by her own mind and she has felt the bliss of mental balance. For periods of time, that is.

Every one of Beth’s platinum-selling albums documents the rollercoaster-ride, that is her life, but it is with the live-performances Beth cements her ability to move people. She sings with rawness and intensity as if life itself was at stake with an appeal that makes everyone in the audience feel the fraying of the mind behind.

This willingness to put herself at risk performing live, was exactly what appealed to the Danish producer  Rune Westberg. What he, on the other hand, didn’t understand was why Beth’s earlier albums didn’t reflect the same honesty all the way through. So he asked Beth Hart to jump into the fire and stay there during a whole album – without changing styles from one song to the next, without using alter egos and without always having to scream with animal savagery.

This is something that terrified Beth.
“I was convinced the album would be boring as hell, and I told Rune, that while we were doing this album, I would also record a hard rock album I could use as back-up, when this one turned out to be shit”. But as it turned out there was no need for a back-up album. Soon after they started recording, Beth realized that her own naked self was far more inspiring and interesting than jumping from one disguise to the next.

Staying with it was a lesson Westberg and Hart transferred to the actual recordings. All songs were recorded the same day they were written, without being filtered through other people or passing time. “That meant I was completely inside the song, when we recorded, which made it a lot easier to convey the exact emotion”, says Beth Hart.

”My California” are stories from life, Beth’s life.

”Sister Heroine” is about the loss of her sister, Sharon. About being gathered as a family and feeling guilty over talking about the good old days, when someone is missing, even having guilt over feeling joy or laughing.

‘Like You and Everyone Else’ is about the struggle in dealing with life when the brain’s chemical balances keep sending you from one extreme to the next. It’s about wishing to be like everyone else, about belonging and in the end coming to terms with the fact that everyone is different somewhere in their lives.

“The truth is, that without my medicine I’m not stable. But the truth is also that life doesn’t necessarily end with a diagnosis – you can still have a beautiful life with marriage, children and a great career, even though you’ve been way down and felt the darkness”.

There are also love songs, but ‘Love is the Hardest’ is not one of them.

‘Everybody Is Sober’ describes feeling that everybody else seems to have their shit together, going forward, while you yourself are moving backwards. But it’s also about self-righteousness:

“I’m a part of the 12 step program, and it’s important for me to stay sober, but sometimes people inside the program can get so self-righteous and be such know-it-alls. If they’ve been in it for more years than you, I sometimes think to myself: Go get yourself a drink – that might make you a nicer guy”.

There is no doubt that Beth Hart and Rune Westberg have found something really special.

“At the end of recording Sister Heroin, Rune and I got eye contact, and just jumped into each others arms, so my headset was torn off in the commotion. We laughed and cried at the same time ’cause we knew we nailed it. We knew we had created something special.”