I'm chris hardy. musician, songwriter, goofball. i live in Augusta, Georgia with my amazing Novelist wife Victoria. used to live in Burlington, NC. went to school in Melrose, MA. was born in Maine & lived there briefly.

currently, i record my own music by myself under the name "chris hardy world" (among other similar names) and i perform solo with my piccolo bass guitar as "chris hardy & his 4-stringed little friend", playing original songs and oddball classic rock songs from Chicago, Queen, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel and more...

here's a recent performance of mine at Augusta Magazine's "Best Of Augusta" bash (i won "Best Male Vocalist" for the second year in a row):



i arrived in Augusta, GA in 1983 as a member of the US Army Signal Corps Band and remained there until i exited the Army in 1988. from there, i played drums with local soul band Acchord and later helped to form what would become a wildly popular local band "The Deadbolts" with former members of Mr. Funn.

when The Deadbolts broke up, i finally formed my own band "Sylvia's Advice", a trio that performed all over the area with alarming frequency. sometimes we'd set up 2 drumsets and i would do a drum battle with our drummer!

in 1994, i managed to book a couple of shows in legendary Atlanta clubs "The Point" and the "Midtown Music Hall". problem was, i had no band at the time! i was messing about with a jazz combo and the guitarist Marcus Barfield agreed to do the shows while my brother Dave elected to help out on drums. the shows were amazing, so we kept it going - at first we called the band "Toast", but later changed the name to "Nervous Boy" in honor of my tendency to show up to gigs ridiculously early.

Nervous Boy went until about 2000. we'd performed at the Philadelphia Music Conference in 1996 and had a bit of interest from a couple of guys with Hollywood Records. sadly, it fizzled and so did Nervous Boy. but i did manage to win the Lokal Loudness award for "favorite bassist" so many consecutive times that they named it "The Chris Hardy Award".

between 2001 and 2012, i lived in New Hampshire, Maine and North Carolina (the 3 feet up years). my wife Victoria & i formed a duo called "3 feet up". i played guitar & sang and she played drums - while standing up! we released 4 cds, played over 300 shows between 2004 and 2010 and were featured on the CBS Early Show for the first week of July in 2006.

upon our return to Augusta in 2012, i fell back into the local music scene as a solo performer, playing a highly unusual instrument - my acoustic piccolo bass. as of now, i've released 5 solo albums and most recently, a 5-song "concept EP" about coffee! i was voted best male vocalist by the readers of Augusta Magazine in 2014 and 2015, was featured on WJBF's "The Dish" show, was a finalist in the Augusta Chronicle's songwriting contest "AMPED" in 2013, and released 100 happy songs in 2014.

i'm sure i've forgotten something important... ah well.

i play steinberger, alvarez, Hondo II (Matsumoku era) & fender basses, tama, yamaha & rocket shells drums, fender guitars and a korg monotron pocket synthesizer. i record on either my little 8-track tascam dp-008, dp-32sd 32-track recorder or my fostex 80 reel to reel recorder.