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Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory

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Photo by Nikki Hedrick.

The Hub, 30A


Last month, we had a blues artist in our midst that you’ve probably heard and seen before yet didn’t realize it.


Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory closed out the Hub’s “Backyard Bourbon, BBQ & Blues” event. And the music was true soul food.


I arrived a bit early to ensure a good seat and was treated to the final couple songs of Donnie Sundal’s set. He was playing entirely solo, although you’d never know it if you shut your eyes and just enjoyed the fullness of the music he was dishing out.


Amidst a sea of happy kids running with glow sticks and music fans waiting for Hart and his band to take the stage, we knew we were lucky to enjoy the nearly two full hours of blues and country tunes ready to hit to our ears.


Hart has been featured in Martin Scorsese’s film series The Blues, appeared in Denzel Washington’s film The Great Debaters, and taught Samuel L. Jackson guitar for the movie Black Snake Moan—Hart was on the soundtrack as well. He’s won awards, been lauded by legends and has played to captivated audiences in our own backyard.


Hart and his band are all about southern music in all of its flavors. Foot-stomping, high-energy blues tunes are followed by country ballads—all electrified and an honor to be present for.

Nikki Hedrick



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