Before being an artist, Beth Hart is a woman. She is an experienced woman, who lived intensely and fought with the life’s difficulties who hit her right in her heart. Even today she still fights with them; crying often while she sings on stage, in front of thousands of people, proves this. She cried also in Bucharest, she missed some lyrics and she interrupted a song just to play another one. But most of all she was honest, she was her, she pulled her heart and she put it on a tray, she was close to the public and she was into the public, among chairs, reaching all the hands that were headed toward her. And the public loved her. Intensely. I saw huge men furtively wiping tears when she was playing her songs; I saw women empathizing to the life stories she was telling with an overflowing naturalness; I saw children singing her songs and I saw old people holding their hands. Right there, at the Palace Hall, which is a huge hall with a sad history but with an extraordinary surround, everybody enjoyed music and living together with the one who, for the second time, came in Bucharest to speak to Romanian people about love, suffering, hate, forgiveness, passion and strenght to go on.
Along with extraordinary musicians such as the lead guitarist Jon Nichols, the bassist Bob Marinelli and the drummer Bill Ransom, the blues artist having a voice that passionately shudders and penetrates right into the soul like a drill, has interpreted an impressing playlist, including songs from her edited albums until now, as well as songs which are not on an album yet, as Bet Hart herself said, but that were welcomed by the Romanian audience.
The show in Bucharest included songs like I’ll take care of you (which have actually opened the concert), Your heart is as black as night, Chocolate Jesus, Baddest Blues, Learning to live, Bang Bang Boom Boom and Mama this one’s for you, while the breaks between songs were captivating as the music itself, because the artist let her feelings reveal in an overwhelming and real way, like a group therapy, speaking about the most intimate details, all of them being sprinkled with tears, as well as with smiles.
In the end, as if it wasn’t intense enough, the last part of the show animated the audience, because the artist was unleashed on the stage, playing the keyboard or the guitar strings, making the people to stand up, attracting them to the stage by her fantastic empathy, making them dance, enjoy, unleash and to want more Beth Hart. It made sense for the public to ask while being amazed, after the stage remained empty and the lights were on: “Will she come back in Romania?” We can only hope she will, because (isn’t it?) “If I tell you I love you”…