Label
J&R Adventures
Release date
26 Sep 2011
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
50:46

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Sinner's Prayer 4:28 8,239
2 Chocolate Jesus 2:40 9,067
3 Your Heart Is As Black As Night 5:00 9,196
4 For My Friend 4:11 1,474
5 Don't Explain 4:34 6,367
6 I'd Rather Go Blind 8:06 7,590
7 Something's Got A Hold On Me 6:05 6,122
8 I'll Take Care Of You 5:13 9,407
9 Well, Well 3:42 3,964
10 Ain't No Way 6:47 5,935

About this album

One of music’s most powerful female voices and one of the world’s greatest guitar players come together on the new album Don’t Explain, featuring soulful covers that both celebrate and rethink the original recordings. Each known for their potent and expressive blues-rock sounds, Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa deliver scorching versions of ten classic songs first made famous by artists including Billie Holiday, Etta James, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Delaney & Bonnie, Bill Withers, and Aretha Franklin.

The album was recorded live in the studio over the course of four days in early 2011, with producer Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes) capturing the raw energy generated by Hart and Bonamassa’s spirited collaboration. As charged as the tracks are, Hart also colors her interpretations with tenderness and vulnerability, adding nuance in equal measure to passion. “Beth’s got a pretty heady voice, very reminiscent of Janis Joplin, and she’s also got a lot of Etta James in her, but hadn’t really accessed it yet,” says Shirley. “With this material, there is a gentleness to the way she delivers the most heartfelt tunes that she hasn’t shown before.”

Hart and Bonamassa are both based in L.A., but their collaboration grew out of the friendship they developed after crossing paths on the road numerous times, particularly when traversing the festival circuit in Europe. “I was, of course, a big fan of his,” says Hart. “I played a show in London in early 2010, and heard through the grapevine that he was there, though I didn’t see him.

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