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Article from Creative Loafing by Jeff O’Kelly
Ghosts of the past … Dave Hardin performing at Painted Fish Gallery in Dunedin
by Jeff O’Kelley
In a listing of my all-time favorite albums, Dave Hardin’s Nine Years Alone has a permanent home. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, Dave Hardin was a staple of the local Tampa Bay area music scene for many years, churning out tons of great roots-rock tunes and building a loyal fan following. Then, in Eddie and The Cruisers-like fashion, Dave simply vanished from the scene. Although I had performed with Dave on several occasions and considered him a casual friend, I was as stunned by his disappearance as the next guy. Nine Years Alone is still on my iPod.
While working on website updates for a friend recently, I was completely taken aback by one of the new calendar listings for June: Dave Hardin in concert. After reading the announcement and checking the attached website link, I was left as surprised as if I had caught a glimpse of Sasquatch or a UFO. Luckily, this event is a bit more substantial than an extraterrestrial sighting and should be a lot more fun than alien probing. Fans of Dave, as well as anyone who loves great roots/folk rock, should make plans to catch Dave’s only Florida show.
“Dave has a beautiful voice and is truly a very talented songwriter. I’m looking forward to writing again with Dave”
Robert Reynolds, The Mavericks
“Dave is the real thing. He should move to Nashville as soon as possible where they should welcome his talent with open arms.”
Phil Palmer, Session guitarist and producer for Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, George Michael, etc….
“I really liked this CD. You can definitely use my name to promote Dave.”
Steve Ferrone, Session drummer with Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, etc….
“Dave has independently released an album that surpasses most anything you’ll hear from more established singer/songwriters…”
Eric Snider, Tampa Bay’s Weekly Planet
“…he is a tremendous talent that definitely needs to be seen by as many people as possible.”
Patti Petow, The Octagon, Clearwater, Florida
“It’s one of the privileges of writing for Revolutions that every so often a release like this pops through the letterbox. Dave Hardin can expect the attention of major labels once word of this self released CD gets out.”
John Lonergan, Revolutions UK
“Hardin knows how to craft a song and others recognize that…Nine Years Alone is top-quality folk and roots rock with awesome arrangements. Hardin’s sandpapery voice and nuanced, charming delivery in a Kentucky drawl make [his songs] beautiful.”
Gina Vivinetto, St. Petersburg Times
“His voice is striking – craggy and weathered, just right for the lyrical scenarios of small towns, lonely highways, and rural routes…his songs have an earthy elegance that warms the soul.”
(*** out of ****) Curtis Ross, Tampa Tribune
“His voice, like his songs, resonates deeply…[he] caresses and attacks the strings with a verve and panache… Hardin is the complete package, well worth your time and entertainment dollar.”
Mark Warren, Focus
“Hardin’s Nine Years Alone is a refreshing effort that about 99 percent of today’s “young country” acts would do well to review.”
(**** out of *****) Mark Murley, Higher and Higher
Reviews for Nine Years Alone
DAVE HARDIN, NINE YEARS ALONE.
Hardin knows how to craft a song and others recognize that; Hardin was twice awarded Best Songwriter honors by the Weekly Planet. Nine Years Alone is top-quality folk and roots rock with awesome
arrangements. Hardin’s sandpapery voice and nuanced, charming delivery in a Kentucky drawl make songs such as Between Us beautiful. Nu Varnes, with its big bright chorus and gorgeous harmonies is an instant forget-me-not. With buddy Patrick Bettison fleshing out tunes with harmonica, piano and slide guitar, Nine Years Alone would sound at home on VH1, in Borders, even on your car stereo.
by: Gina Vivinetto
Dave Hardin, Nine Years Alone *** (out of ****)
Dave Hardin proves on this disc why he is one of the Bay area’s more popular singer-songwriters. His voice is striking – craggy and weathered, just right for the lyrical scenarios of small towns, lonely highways and rural routes. Relating to Hardin’s lyrics doesn’t require having grown up with an “IGA downtown,” as he sings about in “Nu Varres,” but it doesn’t hurt at all. Hardin’s own acoustic guitar forms the musical basis for these songs. Gary Ashton’s drums provide the pulse on most numbers, while Patrick Bettison adds most everything else – bass, guitars, keyboards, percussion and harmonica. Bettison also handled the album’s production, which has a crispness and presence that’s rare. Hardin’s songs have a rustic feel but that doesn’t mean he can’t cough up a good pop song – “Can’t Believe My Eyes” has the major hallmark of a hit: It sounds great while you’re driving.
BY: Curtis Ross