Beth Hart Says She Didn’t Want To Be Disrespectful To Led Zeppelin While Recording Its Tribute Album
Beth Hart recently joined Face Culture for an interview during which she talked about her Led Zeppelin tribute album. Hart said that her intention wasn’t disrespecting Led Zeppelin while working on the record during the conversation.
On February 25, 2022, Beth Hart released her ‘A Tribute To Led Zeppelin’ album. The record debuted at number one in the Netherlands and the UK following the release. Moreover, the album became her highest-charting solo record in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany as well.
The album features famous Led Zeppelin hits like ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ ‘Kashmir,’ ‘Stairway To Heaven,’ ‘Black Dog,’ and ‘When The Levee Breaks.’ Although some critics believed this album offered nothing new to the original Zeppelin classics, it contributed significantly to Beth’s musical success.
In an interview with Face Culture, Beth Hart talked about her challenges while recording her ‘A Tribute To Led Zeppelin’ album. She stated that she saw herself as a woman who tried to engage with a total man’s world at the beginning because hard rock music was a male-dominant genre.
Moreover, Hart said that she realized she needed to learn what Robert Plant did and find a way to create her sound without disrespecting Led Zeppelin or their fans. The rocker then stated that she could achieve this by thinking about how she would write the songs herself and who or what they would be written about, eliminating their initial intention.
During the interview, Beth Hart said the following:
“What worked against me was I was a woman doing a total man’s world. Especially then, women didn’t belong in hard rock; it was all male-dominant. I was dealing with the total hallowed ground. I mean, Zeppelin is the hallowed ground. So, that was very tricky.
It was like, ‘Alright, I gotta learn exactly what Plant did verbatim, and then I’ve got to try and find a way to make it my own without being disrespectful to the way it was done and to the massive fans of Zeppelin.’ The only way I could figure out how to make it my own carefully was by thinking, ‘If I had to write that song, who and what would it be written about?’ That was the only way.”
You can watch the rest of the interview and listen to the album below.