Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts
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Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts


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"Blues Revue Magazine - August/September 2003"

“Connecticut’s Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts are young East Coast masters of the jumping West Coast sound. Hartt’s a stunning harp player with crazy chops and some of Bill Clarke’s dramatic flair. His band (Nick Toscano on drums and Steve Combs on bass) swings hard, and guitarist Eric Ducoff has just the right tone and dictionary of preposterous phrases and quotations to make this kind of music cook. Each cut shifts shape with every listen-it sounds as if the Blue Hearts logged a ton of bandstand time with these songs before recording “Empty Wallet” in two days’ time. Having Rick Holmstrom produce couldn’t hurt; he contributes guitar to a few tracks, as do Troy Gonyea and Nick Adams. Highlights abound: There’s the Little Walterish “On My Mind,” the Jimmy Reed-style shuffle “New Love, Old Love,” the nasty “I’d Be a Fool,” and the devastating closer, “North of Franklin.” - Tom Hyslop

"Senior writer for Blues Revue Magazine"

”It ain’t only the guys on the West coast who can jump the blues. This is one CD guaranteed to turn any room in the house into a swinging, Friday night juke.” - Art Tipaldi

"“Sunday Night Blues” - WCCC 106.9 - Hartford, CT"

”With approximately 30 newly received CDs on my desk, most won’t ever make it to one of my play lists. Often an entire cd won’t last 30 seconds after the needle drops. I need to hear a couple of hits on a record before I’ll even consider it for air play. The latest CD by Ryan Hartt & The Blue Hearts, “Yeah Man!” is chock full of hits. Go get it, play it and jump around the room!” - Beef Stew

"“The Pine Grove Blues” - WWUH 91.3 - W. Hartford, CT"

“Yeah Man!” is probably the best recording ever by a CT band, and stands with the best recordings from the rest of the country, too.” - Peter Rost

"“The Blues Bus” - WHUS 91.7 - Storrs, CT"

”Just about everywhere you go, there’s a “local guy” completely unknown outside his turf who’s a very, very good guitar player, as good or better than some of those touring the country. On this disc, Eric Ducoff shows he’s one of those guys.” - Dave Carpenter

"Legendary blues engineer - founder of pacificblues.com"

”Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts have put their own stamp on their blues, playing with feeling and ‘heart’ just as the blues should be. Every generation of artists looks to the younger generation to carry on the traditions. With their debut CD, Ryan Hartt and the Blue Hearts join this group of artists taking the blues into the future.” - Jerry Hall

"Dallas Blues Society Records"

“This is one fine release. You better check the small print on your rearview mirror; The print that reads, 'Rising young blues stars may be approaching faster than they appear...' - Chuck Nevitt

"Crosscut Records - Germany"

With this latest release, the band will become established amongst the best American blues bands. The Connecticut-based combo has to be regarded as a serious competitor to establsihed bands like the Mighty Flyers. Hartt and Ducoff (who also produced) are excellent, tasteful musicians. A superb album. - Detlev Hoegen

"“The Blues Disease” KUCI 88.9 FM - Irvine, California"

The Blue Hearts round out their trademark West Coast sound by venturing into new territory featuring tracks with organ jazz, lowdown Chicago Blues, Louisiana swamp grooves and even a little taste of south of the border. Add to the mix special guest Junior Watson and you have one hell of a dynamite release that cannot miss. But even without the enlisted talents of the legendary Junior Watson, this is a solid group effort that marks the beginning of what will hopefully be a long and successful career. - Jeff Scott

"Blindman Blues"

If you thought West Coast-styled blues only came from the well-known names many are familiar with, dig into Ryan Hartt & The Blue Hearts' "Yeah Man!" and find out what you've been missing. A masterful follow-up from a relatively new band to be reckoned with as they continue on their path of tearin' it up! - Craig Ruskey


"Empty Wallet" - Released 1/03 on Far-Tone Records
"Yeah Man!" - Released 3/05 on Far-Tone Records
International distribution of both releases by Hep Cat Records



Dubbed “young East Coast masters of the jumpin’ West Coast sound” by Blues Revue magazine, Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts are a mainstay at the forefront of the New England blues scene. The band was formed in 2000 when lifelong friends Ryan Hartt (vocals/harmonica) and Eric Ducoff (guitar) melded their passions for the classic sounds of 40s, 50s and early 60s blues stylings. Along the way they recruited the veteran rhythm section of Nick Toscano (drums) and Tom Latawiec (bass) to round out the quartet. The band has released two critically acclaimed albums on their own Far-Tone Records label, including “Empty Wallet” (2003) and “Yeah Man!” (2005), the later of which was a top eight finalist in the International Blues Foundation’s 2006 “Best Self-produced CD” contest. The impressive cast of guest artists joining the Blue Hearts across both recordings includes Rick Holmstrom, Junior Watson and Troy Gonyea among others. Additional accolades include two-time winners of the CT Blues Challenge (2003/2006) and two-time finalists in the Boston Blues Society Challenge (2003/2004).

"With this latest release, Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts will become established amongst the best American blues bands. The Connecticut-based combo has to be regarded as a serious competitor to establsihed bands like the Mighty Flyers. Hartt and Ducoff (who also produced) are excellent, tasteful musicians. A superb album."
- Detlev Hoegen - Crosscut Records - Germany

Recent venues and highlights...
- 2006 CT Blues Challenge Winners
- Write-up in Blues Revue Magazine - Dec/Jan '06
- Latest release one of EIGHT finalists in Int'l Blues Foundations "2006 Best Self-Produced CD Contest"
- Winners of CT Blues Society Challenge 2003
- Boston Blues Society Challenge 2003 & 2004 Finalists
- Voted "BEST BLUES BAND OF 2005" by the readers in Hartford Advocate's "Grand Band Slam" poll
- Album review in Blues Revue Magazine - Aug/Sept 2003
- 1/03 Release of debut CD “Empty Wallet” on Far-Tone Records
- 3/05 Release of second CD “Yeah Man!” on Far-Tone Records
- Blues 'N Brews Festival - Westford, MA - 8/06
- B.B. King’s Blues Club - New York, NY
- B.B. King’s Blues Club - Mashantucket, CT
- Feature Cover Story - American Harmonica Magazine- 4/03
- Blues, Brews & BBQs Festival '03 - Six Flags - Springfield, MA
- Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival 2003 & 2005 - Red Bank, NJ
- Black-Eyed Sally’s- Hartford, CT
- Black-Eyed & Blues Festival 2004 - Hartford, CT
- The Boxcar Cafe - Southport, CT
- Theodore’s - Springfield, MA
- Harry’s - Hyannis, MA
- Harpin’ Help Festival - Belmar, NJ
- Blues 2000 & 1 Festival - Ellenville, NY
- Block Island Music Festival - Block Island, RI
- Foxwoods Resort & Casino - Mashantucket, CT
- Bally’s - Las Vegas, NV