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Mike Hart

St. Augustine, FL [Rock & Roll, Blues, Jazz]

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Hart - Oct '07
Mike Hart is a seasoned professional with enormous talent on the guitar and a romantic singing voice. He is a master of blues, funk, jazz and rock, at ease with nuances as well as the harder edge. He's a versatile and engaging performer with sophisticated talent and broad appeal. His approach to music betrays a fine art background. Most people take "seasoned professional" as a euphemism for "doesn't take chances anymore'. In Hart's case, not so. To Mike, it means having learned the elements of music to express oneself better. "I once heard a story about Howlin' Wolf shinnying up a stage curtain at 55", he says, "I wanna be like that!"

Mike, a prodigious songwriter, produced three critically acclaimed compact discs of original songs; The Bluesy "SHOWDOWN" album, and the more progressive "EVERYBODY"S HUMAN", and more recently, TOO MANY SECRETS.

Under the name of DECOY, he released two albums of original compositions; "Target Area", and "On the Level". Mike Hart has opened for Buddy Guy and Junior Wells.
"Shared the stage with...", sounds a little like "shared the highway with George Washington, Elvis and God", he says, but he's played the Jacksonville Jazz Festival three times along side many excellent musicians including; Tuck and Patti, Ramsey Lewis, Pat Metheny, Harry Connick Jr., Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Brecker Brothers, Dizzie Gillespie, George Benson, Richard Elliot, and others. Hart has also played in back-up bands for Percy Sledge, the Coasters, and the Platters.

Hart has had many bands, including "VILANO" and "ANIMAL WISDOM", which played, for lack of a better phrase, "my own brand of Jazz-Rock fusion", knowing that the word "fusion" has lousy connotations for a lot of people. "Weather Report was the only fusion band that lived up to its potential", he says. "ANIMAL WISDOM" played only the music of Mike Hart, and was pretty experimental. Some other bands were, "FIREFLIES", "DECOY" and "MIKE HART and the BONETONES."

Mike Hart offers a large and varied repertoire of songs from the 1,000 or so he's written, to the many interesting tunes he's chosen to cover; always an unexpected treat.
Called a cross between Freddie King, Bob Dylan and Miles Davis, he's not quite like anything you've ever heard, but once you do, you'll become a lifetime fan.


"A real physical power and yet a subtle sophistication at the same time"
- Allen Hood, Skylight Magazine

"compelling hooks and intelligent changes"
- Rick Grant, Southeast Entertainer

"Mike's songs say a lot. He is a master storyteller."
- Carol Elliot, St. Augustine Record

"Mike has a great voice for the Blues, rather rough hewn, like the music itself" - The Audiophile Voice

"Always a tough singer and a white-hot guitarist"
- Arvid Smith, Folio Weekly Magazine

"Honest slices of quirky life pie from the man with a Hart FULL 'o' soul, served up with a side of killin' turquoise 335 & the best mutton chops in the biz..."
- J.D. Foster, played bass for Dwight Yoakam and Patti Griffin, and produced both Marc Ribot & Los Cubanos Postizos albums (among many other projects)


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{ 03-24-2011 08:47 }
Great showcase, amazing vocals. A worthy hi 5, good luck. Lynn
TSClark says:
{ 03-21-2011 09:37 }
Nice stuff..unique.If the 'FIREFLIES' is the group I an album. Bela Fleck one of my faves too. Funny, I was the band leader and guitarist for the Coasters. Have a CD of us. Keep on keepin' on. I am too...TSClark
Seija says:
{ 03-13-2011 22:02 }
Truly great songs. -DJseija from Portugal
Parsipini says:
{ 03-11-2011 21:37 }
nice showcase! ♥ la SOPA (=
Jim O
{ 02-04-2008 07:09 }
Sweet guitar playing on those tracks....especially Drivin' Thing.....thats one cool funky track.I'm giving you a well deserved 5. Best of luck in the future. Jim
JammyBen says:
{ 02-04-2008 05:57 }
Excellent music which flows very nicely. I enjoyed listening to it. I've rated you a 5. Keep the good work going ... Respect
{ 11-16-2007 14:05 }
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Alligator Cowboys
{ 09-30-2007 10:51 }
Mike and I have been friends for over twenty years and like a good whiskey he just gets better with age. I have had the good fortune to work with Mike on projects through the years. always raw fun. keep rockin till ya drop, stay cool Rev.P
No says:
{ 09-28-2007 00:26 }
Love Drivin` thing... you've been around the block! great music.. 55555ss all the way! cheers!!
STEVEN J (ChicaGo)
{ 09-26-2007 22:47 }
just comin by to show RESPECT, real musik has no boundaries, got my support, 5, h i t b a k
moondoggie says:
{ 09-18-2007 20:50 }
One of the best guitar players in north Florida! See ya soon in the so-called real world.
Vail says:
{ 09-17-2007 16:56 }
Very cool , I dig the saxmans sound. Check out my "rip off set at joking" for a great local tenorman here in B.C. All the best , keep on doin' it !
just me
just me says:
{ 09-16-2007 16:56 }
Great guitar work really catchy. gave you a 5 keep bringing music. your a natural. Let me know as you bring out more stuff. ill keep listening. Cheers Craig (ps, come over and have alisten to me and rate me too. if you feel like a visit. cheers)
J.D. Pleasant
{ 09-13-2007 14:13 }
Mike Hart and his variously reconfigured bands are legendary around North Florida and always delight crowds with Mike's spicy and very musical originals. Great talent lives forever. Peace anf good health, picstogo
Robert Stefan
{ 09-13-2007 08:26 }
Nice work Mike.I love the band on the video you guys really cook,nice playing over all.Nice 335 is that the original finish?It looks and sounds ultra cool,a hi 5 for u.Please visit me and leave a comment,all the best ,Robert Stefan
Ghost Black
{ 09-11-2007 16:39 }
wow! your a great musician, keep jamming man peace
{ 09-10-2007 05:00 }
Nice music. I love the music very much , I will give my attention to your music all the times. Juliana Please visit my sites: