Happy with the blues

A Cambridge-based musician is hoping the initial success of his first single Raven Blues on all streaming platforms earlier this month gives his Extended Play (EP) album a boost when it is released next week.

And the 63-year-old who quit his job in architecture to pursue a career in music three years ago has found the whole experience of releasing music “mind blowing.”

Keb Hart is a singer/songwriter who describes himself as a musical storyteller from an early age when he took up the guitar as a teenager and then went on to play in numerous pub bands.

Keb Hart describes himself as a musical storyteller. Photo: Supplied.

Come the pandemic, Hart like so many others changed, and he examined his “less than happy” life, left his wife, resigned from his job and moved from Auckland to Cambridge.

He has since recorded 10 music tracks and worked with some of the best music industry professionals.

“The whole experience has been mind-blowing and continues to amaze me that I’ve been able to become what I set out to be nearly 50 years ago.”

His first four-track EP Under the Influence was released last year and his second New Blue comes out next week.

“As you’ve probably guessed, they’re blues tracks and they’re all different styles,” he tells The News.

It differs from the first EP as it was recorded with a band, live in the studio!

“No overdubs or clever electronic vocal adjustments – what you hear is just good, old-fashioned musicianship,” said Hart.

He has also produced a video for You Tube.

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