In a relatively short time, Roddy Hart has established himself as an emerging talent on the Scottish musical scene. At only 26, and with his eyes fixed firmly on re-igniting the merits of classic songwriting, his already prolific work has generated a substantial fan base.
Roddy began exercising his own creative ambitions with a series of home recorded demos, culminating in the 2004 independent Adorno Records release Home Tapes, which was awarded much radio and press attention. He was personally invited to open for Kris Kristofferson on his UK tour, and followed this with an appearance at Austin’s South by Southwest festival. Soon after he completed a successful five-week tour of America, and has recently returned from a short Japanese tour (in support of the Trashcan Sinatras). Having opened for a number of other artists such as Ray LaMontagne, John Prine, Teddy Thompson, Roddy Frame and Kelly Joe Phelps, and strengthening his status at his solo headline shows, he continues to build on his growing reputation as an exciting and eclectic songwriter and musician.
Bookmarks is a wonderful album that flows well from beginning to end. There are shades of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, & Ryan Adams, to name a few, both in the lyrics & the music, but with Roddy’s own style glazed nicely over the top.
His guitar, piano and harmonica-driven lyrical reflections impact on all who hear them and have subsequently earned him much respect from fans and critics alike. The album features guest performances from Kris Kristofferson, Eddi Reader and The Trashcan Sinatras.