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REVIEW OF “MAGNOLIA’

Dave Hardin (from the album Magnolia) – The stories of Dave Hardin are staged as small town lives with big values, heartbeats that pump with resolve, and a pragmatic view of life that tempers hardship. Magnolia, his recent release, picks topics that rattle chains like the Crazy-Horse style guitar attack that rails against a “Judas Tree” bursting out of Southern Rock soil, lightly taps out disdain for a lack of dreamtime in “Not Enough Morning”, picks out a mountain tune for a woman far from home in “Lexington”, and strums a sad strength for the hard work of “Hillbilly Man”. Magnolia puts its foot down on a rock’n’roll beat as a hard luck man make a one last chance call with “I Know You Don’t Want This” while Dave Hardin slowly stretches “Can’t See Nothin’” out over a growing soundscape of Americana.

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REVIEWS OF ‘NINE YEARS ALONE’

“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

(**** out of *****) Mark Murley, Higher and Higher

3/31/00
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

3/24/2000
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