Australia is producing some fantastic blues-rock and roots musicians. Darren Hart – a.k.a. HARTS – is another one from this lengthy music tree. The blues-rock musician is one of the best, young guitarists Down Under, whose skills have been recognized not just by local musicians and festival organizers but also by notable stars. Prince, for instance, invited the Melbourne native to play with him at his Paisley Park Studios. Prince also had this to say about HARTS, “He reminds me of how I was at that age”. There probably isn’t a better compliment a musician could receive.
This opportunity to play with the Purple One followed the release of his debut album, Daydreamer, that received high praise from Australian media outlets. Hart is now set to release a new EP, Breakthrough, within the next month or two. The latest single is “Streets” that is Gary Clark-esque with his blend of blues-rock and soul. The guitar solo in the middle of the track is fantastic. The title track is also provided below, and it has a funky feel.
HARTS, like his idol, isn’t just a guitar hero. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, and on his EP he plays every instrument – bass, drums, and whatever else we might hear. To find out how he does it all, check him out on his tour, where he’ll be visiting Australia and New Zealand (dates are below).
You can hear “Streets” on the May 29th Edition of the Weekend Showcase, a playlist of 21 new singles from around the world.
06. 06. 15
KAROVA LOUNGE, BALLARAT, VIC, BUY TICKETS
07. 06. 15
THE LOFT, WARRNAMBOOL, VIC, TIX AT DOOR
12. 06. 15
AMPLIFIER, PERTH, WA, TIX AT DOOR
13. 06. 15
SETTLERS TAVERN, MARGARET RIVER, WA, FREE ENTRY
14. 06. 15
NEWPORT HOTEL, FREMANTLE, WA, TIX AT DOOR
19. 06. 15
REPUBLIC BAR, HOBART, TAS, BUY TICKETS
20. 06. 15
DING DONG LOUNGE / #2 SHOW, MELBOURNE, VIC, BUY TICKETS
25. 06. 15
MOONSHINE, MANLY, NSW, FREE ENTRY
26. 06. 15
THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE, NSW, BUY TICKETS
27. 06. 15
DING DONG LOUNGE, MELBOURNE, VIC, SOLD OUT
03. 07. 15
OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY, NSW, BUY TICKETS
04. 07. 15
08. 07. 15
THE GAPVIEW HOTEL, ALICE SPRINGS, NT, TIX AT DOOR
10. 07. 15
THE ELEPHANT HOTEL, BRISBANE, QLD, BUY TICKETS
11. 07. 15
THE GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY, NSW, FREE ENTRY
12. 07. 15
BROADBEACH TAVERN, GOLD COAST, QLD, FREE ENTRY
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