// michael hardie
Michael Hardie is first and foremost a writer with a global view who always lets his Texas roots shine through his music. The story of Texas native, Michael Hardie, began in 1991 when Wolfgang Doebling, editor of the German Rolling Stone Magazine, heard his album "Houston Blues" and invited him to Berlin for the B.I.D. music conference.
Moving to the east part of Berlin in June 1992 (2 years after the Berlin Wall fell) was the beginning of a wanderlust that found him going back and forth from Texas to Berlin for the next 2 decades.
When Michael reached Berlin (where he recorded “Berlin Demos” in 1996) he had already spent 20 years defining his craft. He began in Houston, Texas in the early ‘70’s at age 19 where he opened for Blues Legend Lightnin’ Hopkins. This led to 10 years in Los Angeles where he opened for Buddy Guy and Junior Wells in 1987 at the Long Beach Blues Festival. He spent most of his time in the studio recording his songs with musicians like Jesse Ed Davis (John Lennon’s favorite guitarist).
Through the years Michael has lived in every major music capital in the U.S. (New York, Los Angeles, Nashville & Austin) and has recorded his songs with greats such as Chuck Rainey, Stephen Bruton and Milton Hopkins (cousin of Lightnin’ and former rhythm guitarist for B.B King). Milton became a lifetime friend and mentor for Michael and they would go on to record two Blues albums of Michael's original music, “Houston Blues”(1991) and “Waiting For Perfection”(2008).
After the success of his latest album “Real”(2014), which reached #26 on the top 100 albums on the Americana Roots Charts in 2014, Michael will soon release a new album, entitled “Seven Songs for Sylvia”, which will mark his 8th original album in 50 years of his professional music career.