WANT TO GO?
The Amy Hart Band
WHERE: The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St.
WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday
INFO: 304-345-3914 or www.emptyglass.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In November, the Amy Hart Blues Band, which plays Saturday at The Empty Glass, will be going to the Himalayas.
"It's blues at the top of the world," the Nashville-based blues singer said. "We'll be traveling to the Himalayas Blues Fest in Nepal."
The far-flung festival is a far cry from Hart's beginnings. In a weird twist of fate, she might not be playing the event were it not for an oil spill.
In 2010, Hart was just a blues performer and single mom living and working in Florida.
"The music scene in Florida is great," she said. "I worked from Panama City to Pensacola, and the great thing about Florida is, as a musician, you can really live very well."
Hart said she and her daughter had been in Florida for about 10 years when BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling unit exploded and, for months, continuously released millions of gallons of oil into the ocean. The spill damaged coastal industries, including fisheries and tourism.
"The oil spill hit and knocked everybody down," she said. "A lot of people were out of work."
People stopped coming to the restaurants and beach clubs where Hart played, and like a lot of people, she found herself without an income -- just as she was getting ready to send her daughter off to college.
BP, Hart said, reacted pretty quickly to the concerns of the people affected by the spill, at least at first.