Of Hart’s debut release Spiral, the Great American Song Contest wrote “This is impressive songwriting! The melodic aspects perfectly capture the emotional tone of the songs. The classic alt country/R&B musical aspects are brilliant. It’s a genuine pleasure to review this exceptionally high level of songwriting.“
With a voice that floats with soulful warmth and honesty, Rick Hart is a storyteller, whose words and melodies weave through all the dynamics and extremes of human emotions and relationships. A tapestry of melody soaked simplicity and thoughtful imagery, influenced by the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Gram Parsons, CCR, The Band, Big Star and Springsteen.
This multi award winning songwriter (2014 Songwriter of the Year, Australian Songwriters Association awards), delivers songs, often simple in nature, yet endearing in ways that will stay with you.
"Hart is a refreshing counterpart to the plethora of male singers who have gone awry of country tradition. Hart is a perfect antidote to whatever bro-hangover looms over us", said For The Country Record in their review of Hart's "Levon Helm" release.
Hart seamlessly transcends genre, weaving country, rock’n’roll, soul, southern roots, folk and blues, to create a sound all his own.
His debut EP Spiral, released in mid 2014, was warmly received, culminating in him winning the prestigious “Songwriter of the Year” award at the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) awards. Spiral also took home the Best Ballad Category.
The Americana leanings of the beautiful, yet tragic "Levon Helm" (the first single from Hart's debut album 'Let Me In'), showcased Hart's affinity with traditional country and roots music. Cheekily using the name of one his own musical heroes as the song''s title, it highlighted his innate ability to marry melody driven simplicity with heartfelt stories of love, sorrow and loss.
Supporting and playing alongside the likes of Bill Chambers, Things Of Stone and Wood, the Teskey Brothers and Claymore, whether it be with a full band behind him or in more intimate surrounds, Hart's songs and stories resonate.
Australian country music icon, Bill Chambers, said of Hart, "Having worked with Rick Hart, he's a superb songwriter! Rick's music is a unique combination of roots and country."
In late 2017, Hart released his much anticipated first album 'Let Me In', which was accompanied by several sold out shows on his album tour, including a successful first trip to the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The last twelve months has seen Hart further establish himself on the Australian music landscape.