Alvin Youngblood Hart

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Alvin Youngblood Hart
Background information
Birth nameGregory Edward Hart
Also known asYoungblood[1]
Born (1963-03-02) March 2, 1963 (age 59)
Oakland, California, US
InstrumentsAcoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin
Years active1995–present
LabelsOKeh Records
Alvin Youngblood Hart at Djurs Bluesfestival, Denmark (2009)

Alvin Youngblood Hart (born Gregory Edward Hart; March 2, 1963) is an American musician.


Hart was born in Oakland, California, and spent some time in Carroll County, Mississippi, in his youth, where he was influenced by the Mississippi country blues performed by his relatives.[2] Hart is known as one of the world's foremost practitioners of country blues. He is also known as a faithful torchbearer for 1960s and 1970s guitar rock, as well as western swing and traditional country. His style has been compared to Lead Belly and Spade Cooley. Bluesman Taj Mahal once said about Hart: "The boy has got thunder in his hands." Hart himself said, "I guess my big break came when I opened for Taj Mahal for four nights at Yoshi's."[2]

His debut album, Big Mama's Door, came out in 1996.[2] In 2003, Hart's album Down in the Alley was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.[3] In 2005, Hart received a Grammy Award for his contribution to Beautiful Dreamer – The Songs of Stephen Foster.


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  1. ^ "ALVIN 'Youngblood' HART". March 2, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 117. ISBN 978-1858682556.
  3. ^ Richard Skelly (March 2, 1963). "Alvin Youngblood Hart | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 29, 2019. Retrieved September 29, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ McDermott, Tricia (February 14, 2005). "2005 Grammy Award Winners". CBS News. Retrieved April 26, 2016.

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