Michael Hardie grew up in Sealy, Texas (USA) near
Houston. His first music experience was piano lessons from the local
nuns. At 13 he began singing, playing bass, guitar and writing songs.
At 19 Michael became a professional musician in Houston and started
playing blues. He opened for Lightnin’ Hopkins in 1977. He moved to Los
Angeles for the next 10 years where he met Jesse Ed Davis (John Lennon’s
favorite guitar player; he also played with George Harrison and
Taj Mahal). Michael recorded his first
vinyl record (a four song EP) in 1982 on his own label Punch Records
with Jesse Ed Davis. He opened for Buddy Guy
and Jr. Wells in Long Beach, California
In 1988, blues great Phillip Walker
recorded Michael’s song, “Sometime Girl” on his “Blues” (Hightone)
His first CD, “Houston Blues” (Punch Records, 1991), was recorded in
Austin, Texas with Milton Hopkins, the cousin of
Lightnin’ Hopkins. Milton played
with B.B. King and
Gary Primich also appeared on
“Houston Blues” led Michael to Berlin, Germany for an independent music
conference. He spent several years touring, writing and living there. In
1996 Michael recorded “The Berlin Demos” (Punch Records) in Berlin with
Michael then moved to Nashville, Tennessee and continued writing. On
Memorial Day week-end 2006 a 3-day visit from his daughter, Myla, and
his son-in-law, Duda Guedes started his latest band, The Myla Hardie
Family Band. The Family Band made it’s initial 7 week tour of Brazil in
Jan./Feb. of 2007.
Michael Hardie has re-united with Milton Hopkins and is currently
finishing his new CD, “Waiting for Perfection” (Worldhaus Records), with
Milton Hopkins, The Myla Hardie Family Band and Chuck Rainey (played
with Aretha Franklin and Steely Dan).
Michael is planning to go on a tour of Brazil with The Myla Hardie
Family Band in April, 2008 and expects to play some blues gigs with
Milton Hopkins in Texas in the near future.