Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory

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 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 '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 Reed, Conjure featured the talents of tenor sax giant David Murray and 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 Stone.

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”.

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Alvin YOUNGBLOOD HART - Guitar, lead vocal
Fabio DRUSIN - Bass, vocal
Silvano "Silver" BASSI - Drums

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