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About Seesaw Album with Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa


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Blues Matters! Seesaw Album Review


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Blues Matters! review of Beth & Joe's performance at Hampton Court


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Blues And Soul Magazine Review


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Fireworks Magazine Review


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Guitar And Bass Magazine Review


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Look Who's Talking About Beth & Joe's New Album, "Seesaw"

Hart's voice shivers, shudders and growls through this genre-blending collection of covers, her second such collaboration with guitarist Bonamassa. If the emotions are hardly subtle, the musicianship rocks and swings with a playful grace. -- Elysa Gardner







Seesaw Is #1 On The Billboard Blues Charts For 2nd Week In A Row!

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The American Review

What kind of voice can hold up against the current king of blues rock guitar, a powerhouse big band and some of the classiest, sassiest songs in the soul canon? Step up, Beth Hart. She and Joe Bonamassa take a collection of disparate tunes and make them their own by sheer force and musicality.


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Huffington Post Review

Singer Beth Hart and guitarist Joe Bonamassa have a soulful and sultry new album out with "Seesaw." With her voice and his guitar, the album has all the pieces in place to deliver bluesy fireworks built around some decades-old standards.


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AllMusic Review

Singer/songwriter Beth Hart continues to explore her blues and soul roots via 11 cover versions of her favorite tracks on Seesaw, her second album with blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. Following the same path as their first collaboration, the 2011 all-covers release Don't Explain, the pair hooked up again with producer Kevin Shirley, who has previously worked with Led Zeppelin, Journey, Black Crowes, Joe Bonamassa, and numerous others.


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American Songwriter Review

Comebacks don’t get much sweeter than Beth Hart’s. This is her second powerful covers album in as many years featuring blues guitar slinger Joe Bonamassa. Add a recent solo release and viral vocal work with Jeff Beck for a well-deserved career reboot most would covet.


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Seesaw debuts as #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart!


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Blues and Soul Review

That difficult second album? In 2011, the pair got together and cut one of the best albums of that year, “Don’t Explain,” a glorious collection of fabulous soul covers with some completely off the hook vocals from Beth, and spine tingling guitar skills from Joe. Well guess what? They have gone and done it again.


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Blues Rock Review

Seesaw reunites force-of-nature blues-rock vocalist Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa for a second album of choice covers from various musical eras. As with their first outing, Don't Explain, the project is in collaboration with producer Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Crowes). Each of the three principals suggested and selected tracks for the 11-song set list, which mines soulful classics previously made famous by Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Donnie Hathaway, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miles, Tina Turner, Slackwax, Melody Gardot, and Nina Simone.


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Critical Jazz Review

A perfect pair...

Labels are a fickle mistress which is why the limitless talent of Joe Bonamassa has to drive the vast majority of critics and perhaps the odd label executive crazy at times. Simply put, this cat can play anything as is evidenced with the tunes on Seesaw. From the Ike & Tina Turner review to Melody Gardot, Bonamassa transcends typical limitations thrust upon artists by well meaning critics and label executives alike. Normally when an artist such as Bonamassa can make a stage burn much in the same way as an Eric Clapton his "wheelhouse" seems to be decided for him. Joe Bonamassa's musicality combined with the raw visceral vocals of perhaps the best unknown female vocalist on the planet in Beth Hart make this release something "special" and this may be the classic undersell.


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Get Ready To Rock Review

One part rock chick and one part soul singer, ‘Seesaw’ finds Beth Hart settling in as an MOR interpretive singer with a nice lines in story telling. She’s both emotive and evocative on some well sourced material, including more songs by Billy Holiday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Melody Margot. The approach is similar to the ‘Don’t Explain’ album, but with a slightly more middle of the road feel that irons out the raw edges and adds production gloss in the pursuit of radio friendly product.


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Liverpool Sound and Vision Review

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10


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Music News Review

Last time around the pairing of Beth Hart with Joe Bonamassa got the Bonamassa fans drooling but now we have had some time to absorb the experience we begin to realise that Beth Hart is a truly wonderful singer in her own right and Bonamassa’s contribution is NOT the only thing to listen for.


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No Depression Review

I’d not heard of Beth Hart until I was invited to see her early this year but I was mightily impressed by her performance and her recent recorded work; including her DON’T EXPLAIN collaboration with Joe Bonamassa; who I’ve ever really been enamoured by.


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Planet Mosh Review

In 2011 Blues-rock singer Beth Hart and Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa teamed up to record and release ‘Don’t explain’, an album of Soul cover versions. They covered songs from artists including Ray Charles, Tom Waits, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. Now two years on they’ve teamed up again to release a second album of soul covers – Seesaw.
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Rockshot Images Review

Bop! ‘You have a cute way of flirting, makes me feel so good’ punches in the opening track “Them There Eyes”, encompassing swinging big band sounds which will be something of a listening revolution for core Joe Bonamassa fans. From the first note of “Seesaw” fronted by Beth Hart’s vocals, the album breaks from tradition, taking the listener on a challenging life journey, visiting every emotion and culminating with a harsh death by hanging.


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Stereo Board Review

There was a telling lyric on the first album of sweltering soul & blues covers from former wild child Beth Hart and omnipotent guitar god Joe Bonamassa; 'well, well...getting to know you so well'. Turns out, that's exactly what they were doing. For whilst 2011's 'Don't Explain' was a huge success, it's follow up is bigger, brassier and sassier on every level. By breathing a contemporary fire into classics from Etta James, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin, alongside modern efforts courtesy of Slackwax, Lucinda Williams and Melody Gardot, they've created an album overflowing with passion, vitality and class. If 'Don't Explain' was the sound of a musical first date brimming with potential, 'Seesaw' is very much the head-over-heels-in-love honeymoon phase.


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The Guardian UK Review

Joe Bonamassa is a guitar hero and blues-rocker with impressively eclectic taste. A one-time child prodigy who opened for his admirer BB King when he was just 12, he has developed an interest in blues-related music of every kind, and this second collaboration with the versatile Californian singer Beth Hart is remarkable for its bravery. There are covers of songs made famous by anyone from Billie Holiday to Tina Turner, Buddy Miles or Slackwax.


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Washington Post Review

Singer Beth Hart and guitarist Joe Bonamassa have a soulful and sultry new album out with “Seesaw.” With her voice and his guitar, the album has all the pieces in place to deliver bluesy fireworks built around some decades-old standards.


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Zoiks Review

What do you get when you take the most passionate female rock vocalist and pair her with the premier blues guitarist on today’s scene? You get an explosion of soul and raw emotion that’s unheard of in modern music.
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