Alvin Youngblood Hart
Gregory E. Hart
b March 2, 1963 - Oakland, CA
Grammy Award (47th 2-14-2005) Best Traditional Folk Album
W.C. Handy Award in 1997.
Although born in California Greg frequented Carrollton, MS to
visit his grandparents. His uncle played guitar and talked of Charley
Patton while his Grandmother played the piano. He received his nickname
"Alvin" from the TV cartoon character Alvin of The Chipmunks.
Alvin began playing the guitar in his teens and after his parents moved to
Illinois, started visiting Maxwell street and met all the regular musicians on
the street. After another move to southern California, Alvin began playing
acoustic blues by himself. While in the Coast Guard, Alvin was stationed
in Natchez, MS and played the local scene when he was off duty. While back
in California, Alvin opened for Taj Mahal and was signed to a contract and ended
up with Okeh-Epic Records. Alvin's debut recording was "Big Mama's
Door", and was well received. In 1997 Alvin received a record five
nominations for the W C Handy awards. When Alvin is not out solo or
touring with his Mighty Muscle Theory Band, he works with his wife in her
Memphis, TN guitar repair shop. If Alvin is playing in your area and you
don't make it, you didn't do yourself a favor!
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