Nardella (born June 26, 1948, Providence, Rhode Island, United
States) is an American blues, rock and roll, blues rock and rockabilly
guitarist and singer. Allmusic journalist, Cub Koda, stated Nardella is a
'strong, American roots-music performer, equally adept at rockabilly and
Nardella became proficient on both guitar and harmonica by his late teens,
and by the late 1960s was in the Black Cat Blues Band with Duke Robillard,
Johnny Nicholas and Fran Christina. By 1971 Nardella, Nicholas and Christina
had all relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Nardella then instigated the
Boogie Brothers band with Sarah Brown, Nicholas and Christina. They backed a
variety of blues musicians who toured locally, and were on the bill at the
1972 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, both as backing to
Johnny Shines and
Boogie Woogie Red, plus in their
own right. Their work appeared on the Atlantic album, Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz
By the following year, the band name had changed to the Vipers and included
the guitarist George Bedard. Their single, 'Huron River Drive,' was the
first record to be released by Blind Pig. In 1974, Nardella backed
Bobo Jenkins on his album Here I Am a Fool
in Love Again. Other session musicians used included Brown and Christina.
Nardella and Bedard then formed the Silvertones, who toured across the US,
and released the 1977 album, One Chance With You, also on Blind Pig. In
addition to his harmonica playing, Nardella introduced more of his own
guitar work and singing to their output. With a change of personnel, in 1979
the renamed Steve Nardella Band issued, It's All Rock & Roll. The Steve
Nardella Band lasted from 1978 to 1984.
Nardella eventually became a solo artist and for years both toured and
played backing to other musicians. His next album, Daddy Rollin' Stone did
not appear until 1993. The same year, Nardella's trio backed Eddie Burns on
his Scandinavian tour. Nardella also led the touring backing band for Jack
In June 2008, Nardella, Bedard and their one time band pianist Mr. B (Mark
Lincoln Braun), played a reunion concert in Ann Arbor's Firefly Club.
Nardella, with varying backing musicians, continues to perform live.