Rock and roll's preeminent sister duo Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson were the guests of honor at An Evening With Heart at the GRAMMY Museum's newly christened Clive Davis Theater on May 24. Before a standing-room-only house, the Wilsons discussed their impressive three-decade career as the primary creative force behind Heart and their upcoming new album, Red Velvet Car. Joined by guitarist Craig Bartok, they also performed a brief acoustic set, including a trio of new songs sprinkled around Heart classics "Crazy On You" and "Barracuda."
GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli moderated a discussion touching upon topics such as the sisters' musical influences, balancing careers with parenting, the Seattle music scene, touring, songwriting and the creative process, and more.
The Wilsons exhibited enthusiasm in discussing Red Velvet Car, Heart's first studio album since 2004's Jupiter's Darling. When asked about the lyrical theme regarding the album's title track, Ann Wilson said, "[It's] about that night when maybe you've hit bottom or you're stuck some place out in the rain, and you have no recourse but to get on the phone and call your best friend and say, 'Help! Come get me!'" Nancy Wilson described another new song, "Hey You," as a romantic love letter to her husband, Oscar winner Cameron Crowe, and how the song idea had lingered for years only to finally come together in the studio in a moment of spirited collaboration with producer Ben Mink.
On the strength of the Wilson sisters, Heart stormed the '70s with hits such as "Crazy On You," "Magic Man," "Barracuda," "Dog & Butterfly," and "Straight On." The group continued topping the charts throughout the '80s and into the '90s with songs such as the GRAMMY-nominated "Alone," "These Dreams," "What About Love?," "Never," "Stranded," and a string of other hits that showcased the Wilsons' abundant musical talents. Red Velvet Car will be released via Legacy Recordings on Aug. 31 and Heart is scheduled to tour the United States this summer, including select dates on the Lilith Fair tour.
All proceeds from An Evening With Heart will go to the GRAMMY Museum and MusiCares. Upcoming events at the Museum include Great Guitars: Jonny Lang (June 1), The Drop: Exile On Main Street with producer Don Was (June 3) and An Evening With Herbie Hancock (June 7).
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