Alvin Youngblood Hart
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The Cosmic American Love Child Of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray!!! Known as a ï¿½musicianï¿½s musicianï¿½, his praises have been sung by everyone from Ben Harper to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor. Since his 1996 debut recording, the all-acoustic BIG MAMAï¿½S DOOR, Alvin Youngblood Hart has carried his musical message the world over. A devout follower of the ï¿½no barriersï¿½ approach laid by veteran performers like Gatemouth Brown and the late great Doug Sahm, Alvin continues to defy the so- called purists. After receiving the 1997 W.C Handy Award for Best New Artist, as well as 2 Living Blues Awards, Hartï¿½s 1998 release, TERRITORY, a rousing tribute to all forms of American music, received the Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll Award for Best Blues Album (and it wasnï¿½t even a Blues album). In the summer of ï¿½99 Hart teamed up with producer Jim Dickinson to begin recording START WITH THE SOUL. This record would be hailed as a new breed Southern Rock classic & Alvinï¿½s return to the ï¿½sacred garageï¿½ where many a guitar playerï¿½s life began. ï¿½SOULï¿½, Alvinï¿½s best selling record to date, was chosen in the New York Times top 10 releases of 2000 as well as the BBCï¿½s Blues record of the year. He also shared Living Blues Magazineï¿½s best guitarist honors with fellow road dog Big Jack Johnson in 2001. 2003 was a busy year. Not only was there a GRAMMY nomination, Hart also toured the world as a member of Job Cain, a hard rocking side project he put together with Cry Of Love/Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed. In August of ï¿½03 Alvin was invited to fill in for Taj Mahal for five nights in Tokyo as a member of Kip Hanrahanï¿½s Conjure, the worlds longest running jazz poetry ensemble. Assembled to lend musical support to the words of Bay Area poet Ishmael Reed, Conjure featured the talents of tenor sax giant David Murray and also Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli. Hart continues to tour the globe as a solo artist and with his Mighty Muscle Theory band..