Thursday 18 January 2018: Alvin Youngblood Hart + Catfish
Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory is a live explosion of roots rock that is a test of time in the world of music. He creates a blurred line of Blues, Roots, Country and Rock music that has been enjoyed in our culture for decades. The band bends the strings and drops the groove to a level that is only achieved with experience and true love of playing with such passion. This trio brings a very eclectic music experience that you will be telling all of your music loving fans about the next day and for years to come.
Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor.
In the summer of 1999 found Hart teamed up with celebrated producer Jim Dickinson to begin recording START WITH THE SOUL, a record hailed as a new-breed Southern Rock classic and one that piloted Hart’s return to the “sacred garage.” START WITH THE SOUL was chosen by the New York Times as one of the top 10 releases of 2000, as well as the BBC’s Blues Record of the Year.
In the summer of 2005, fortified in the wake of much recognition and determined to defy any stereotypes attached to his artistry, Hart released the self-produced (and personal favorite) MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER a rock guitar free-for-all, paying homage to fallen and missing rockers like Phil Lynott and Sly Stone. Hart’s songwriting, singing and electric guitar prowess are all championed on this project and showcase the versatility he continuously strives to offer his fans and profession.
In 2006, Hart collaborated with several Memphis area musicians in the Craig Brewer cult hit film “Black Snake Moan” by both serving as a guitar tutor to the film’s leading actor, Samuel L. Jackson, and recording a duet with the film’s female lead, Christina Ricci, for the film’s riveting soundtrack.
In the fall of 2006, Hart was invited to hit the road for two months with Rock-n-Roll legend Bo Diddley for what turned out to be Diddley’s final coast to coast tour.
Hart then joined fellow notable string playing colleagues Corey Harris, Don Vappie, Keb Mo and Guy Davis and contributed to the uniquely progressive 2007 Otis Taylor record RECAPTURING THE BANJO.
A personal career highlight occurred in the summer of 2008 when Hart met the late Irish guitar legend Gary Moore. Moore invited Hart, a lifelong Thin Lizzy fan, onstage to jam with himself and original Thin Lizzy drummer, Brian Downey. In the Spring of 2009 Moore requested Hart’s band as the opening act on a tour of Germany. Moore was seen offstage most every night with friends, cheering Hart’s band along during their set.
In 2010 Hart joined forces with friends Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes) and Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tri-State Coalition) to form “The South Memphis String Band”. The fun-loving and regaling trio was quickly dubbed by the media as an “acoustic super group”. Recorded in a borrowed radio station studio while the band was on its first road trip, their debut record HOME SWEET HOME was received with rabid enthusiasm. The 2011 Blues Music Awards (The Blues Foundation) nominated the record for “Best Acoustic Album”. The group released a second album in the spring of 2012. A third record is in the making.
Support by Catfish
Catfish came crashing onto the blues scene at the start of 2015 with their debut album So Many Roads going straight in at no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts after being taken to the hearts of the internet’s blues radio stations. After the death of BB King later in the year, Catfish released a tribute EP called ‘When BB Sings the Blues’. This also spent two months at no 5 in the IBBA airplay chart and had excellent reviews like this one:
'A captivating release from an immensely talented band and in Matthew Long they clearly have a star of the future in their midst, proving that contemporary Blues is in the safe hands of the next generation'. – Nigel Foster
Within their first year, they were nominated twice as finalists in the British Blues Awards 2015 — the band in the Emerging Artist category and Paul Long for keyboards and followed that recently with three nominations in 2016 (band of the year, young artist for Matt Long and keyboards again for Paul). Paul was delighted to be the winner of the keyboards category and Matt was third in the Young Artist category.
In addition to the breathtaking guitar, stunning vocals and the tight musicianship of the band on the album, the key to the success of both the album and EP was undoubtedly the superb recording quality. Paul Long (keyboards and vocals) has been a recording engineer and live music producer all his working life and was able to bring all his experience to producing both. The new album Broken Man was released on 29th Jan 2017, almost all original material written by Matt and Paul. The only cover, the showstopping ‘Make it Rain’ written by Foy Vance, is always a highlight of any Catfish show.
Catfish have played many of the major festivals including Bluesfest at the 02 on Matt’s 21st birthday last November, Maryport in Cumbria, Bluesrockfest in Kent, and they opened the blues stage at Cambridge Rock Festival.
Non Member Tickets available from Tickets Scotland and online at ticketweb.co.uk/event/283167