Michael Hardie is first and foremost a writer with a global view who always lets his Texas roots shine through his music. He writes about a variety of subjects, always focusing on the underlying love that we all need in our lives. For this reason many of his songs are about personal relationships and the joy and struggle of sharing life with those we love. His new release REAL (Worldhaus Records) seeks to make the message clear once again that "True Love Never Dies." In many ways 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. This first trip to Europe sparked a creative period of songwriting that would redefine him as an artist. 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. By the time Michael reached Berlin (where he recorded “Berlin Demos” in 1996) he had already spent 20 years defining his craft. He began in Houston 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 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). Milton also appears on two tracks of the new release “Real”(2014). In between, Michael has spent extended periods of time in Austin, Nashville, New York City and Porto Alegre, Brazil. Touring in Brazil with his daughter, Myla Hardie and son-in-law, Porto Alegre native Eduardo Guedes, Michael further broadened his world perspective as can be heard in his music and writing. Myla and Eduardo both appear on Michael’s latest release, “Real”. “Real” is his fifth record of original songs and brings his almost 50 years of writing and recording full circle. This record incorporates elements of his earlier works and takes them several steps further. Michael is currently living in San Antonio where he has spent 2014 recording "Real" in Grammy-winning studio, Blue Cat Studios, with Joe Trevino. Michael returned to his home turf to record with a stellar Texas lineup: Ernie Durawa, Milton Hopkins, Freddie "Steady" Krc, Arturo "Sauce" Gonzales, Michael Martin, George Batista, Riley Osborn, Chris Alcaraz , Al Gomez, Henry Rivas and Michael Guerra. Real. That one word best describes the new CD of original songs of the same name. “REAL”. An album of songs that celebrate the promise, the struggle and the forgiveness love requires. True love never dies is the message. Michael explores this theme through a variety of human experiences. From the beginning (“Please, Don’t Call It Love”), through declarations of commitment (“True Love Never Dies”). to betrayal ("You Hurt Me, Baby"), to understanding (“A Love Like Mine"), and love living on in your dreams and desires (“Real”). Michael focuses most of the songs on intimate relationships but he expands the message in his anti-war chant, “War No More” where he makes an unimpeachable argument for Peace with the help of Myla Hardie’s passionate background vocals and Michael Martin’s stinging guitar riffs. He brings his message to a more personal level in “I Wonder What Is Waiting For Me”. And he revels in his early Southeast Texas roots with the lively Zydeco inspired “Cajun Music Saved My Life Tonight” featuring virtuoso San Antonio accordionist Michael Guerra. While the record has a strong stamp of San Antonio musical identity from native Ernie Durawa (drums, now an Austinite) to the West Side Horns and Joe Trevino’s many years of experience with the greats of South Texas music, Michael brought his world view, his blues soul and eclectic musical influences to the forefront with the help of his friend and mentor, Milton Hopkins from Houston. He and Milton recorded a tribute (“Kindhearted Woman Blues”) to the great bluesman, Robert Johnson, who recorded his first songs in San Antonio. Percussionist/Author Eduardo Guedes gives the work a subtle Brazilian percussive feel underneath the groove. “Real” is the statement of an artist that has been over 50 years in the making. It is both a personal milestone and new beginning. The quest to love and to be “real” continues. In the music. And in life.
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