Featured Artist of
January 27, 2019
Hardy is not your typical singer/songwriter. For starters,
his instrument of choice is the rarely-seen “acoustic
piccolo bass guitar”, which he refers to as his “4-stringed
little friend”. It's an Alvarez MSB1 travel bass that's been
strung as a piccolo bass. And the subject matter of his
songs these days is more about happiness and seeing the
bright side of things because, as Chris puts it, “there are
already enough miserable songs out there.”
A member of the Augusta, Georgia music scene since he left
the 434th Army Band at Fort Gordon in the 80s, Chris has
achieved a few interesting things.
Some noteworthy accomplishments are: His duo “3 feet up”
with his wife & drummer Victoria, was featured on the CBS
Early Show in 2006. And in 2014, Chris was voted “Best Of
Augusta” by the readers of Augusta Magazine in the “Best
Male Vocalist” category. Local music magazine/blog “Lokal
named an award after him because he won it so many times in
a row (with his band “Nervous Boy”) in the 90s. Then after
moving back to Augusta, he won the award for favorite solo
artist in 2014 and a year later, he won his own award (the
“Chris Hardy Award for favorite lokal bassist”), also
winning the award for 2015 best local album as well.
Chris’ music is often hard to describe in words, but he
likens it to “the sound you would hear if Beck jumped
onstage with Steely Dan and played a Cake song”.
Rock, pop, indie, jazz and lounge styles all make
appearances in his songs.
He’s released 8 full length CDs since 2012 (as well as
playing all the instruments on all of them), has just
started a weekly youtube series “The Song Lounge”, and has
no plans for slowing down, much like his musical hero,
British solo artist Robyn Hitchcock.
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