The Cosmic American
Love Child Of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray!!!
Known as a "musician's musician", his
praises have been sung by everyone from Bob
Dylan to Brit
guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor.
Since his 1996
debut recording, the all-acoustic Big
Mama's Door, Alvin
Youngblood Hart has carried his musical message the world
over. A devout follower of the 'no barriers' 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,
Hart's 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 wasn't even
a Blues album).
In the summer of '99 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 & Alvin's
return to the "sacred garage". Start With The Soul was chosen in the New
York Times top 10 releases of
2000 as well as the BBC's Blues record
of the year. He also shared Living Blues Magazine's
best guitarist honors with fellow
road dog Big Jack Johnson in
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 '03 Alvin was
invited to fill in for Taj Mahal for five
nights in Tokyo as a member of Kip Hanrahan's Conjure,
the worlds longest running jazz poetry ensemble. Assembled
to lend musical support to the words of Bay Area poet Ishmael
featured the talents of tenor sax giant David
also Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli.
Alvin is still a member of the revolving cast and recorded
with them on the Bad Mouth Cd.
In 2004 Mr. Hart received a Grammy for his contribution
to Beautiful Dreamer: The
Songs Of Stephen Foster. In the
Summer of 2005 He released the self produced Motivational
Speaker, a rock guitar
free for all, paying homage to fallen & missing
rockers like Phil Lynott and Sly
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 OtisTaylor 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”.