Ryan Hartt

09.08.2013

Biography

“You got to live it to give it”, states the first line from Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts’ latest CD, “Call My Name”. From Los Angeles to the Northeast and beyond, Ryan Hartt has, indeed, lived it. At 24 Ryan drove across the country to absorb the West Coast harmonica style he became enamored of as a teenager. He spent two years learning from Rod Piazza, Lynwood Slim and other Blues legends. Upon returning home to Connecticut in 2000 Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts were formed. The band has since become one of the leading Blues bands in New England and Ryan is considered one of the premier harmonica players in the region.
 
Though he will always be rooted in the traditional West Coast Blues he learned in California, Ryan expands his sound with soul, proto-rock & roll and even ska. Songwriting is something he takes as seriously as his harmonica playing. Over the three Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts releases Ryan’s songwriting has progressed and his recent release “Call My Name” demonstrates a huge leap forward, with topics ranging from depression to choosing music over a relationship to the grind of a gigging blues band all punctuated by his “modern traditional” approach to the harmonica.

Testimonials

“Hartt’s a stunning harp player with crazy chops and some of Bill Clarke’s dramatic flair.” – Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine
 
“The honking harmonica on “Love at First Sight” is just awesome, and has to be heard to be believed.” – Rex Bartholomew, Blues Blast Magazine
 
“Has to be regarded as a serious competitor to established bands like the Mighty Flyers” – Detlev Hoegen, Crosscut Records

 “Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts are among the East Coast’s best and provide ample proof with Call My Name.” – Thomas J. Cullen III – Blue Revue Magazine

Albums

Ryan Hartt & The Blue Hearts
Call My Name on Far-Tone Records
Yeah Man on Far-Tone Records
Empty Wallet on Far-Tone Records
 
Johnny Carlevale
That Ain't No Way To Spend A Friday Night! on JC Records
 
Various Artists
Boston Blues Works Vol. 1
The Connecticut Blues Society Presents: Blue State Blues
The Connecticut Blues Society Presents: Local Flavor

Band

Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts