steve smith and tim may
steve smith and hard road
desert night music

meet the members of Hard Road

Steve Smith, Chris Sanders and Hard Road

Steve Smith, Chris Sanders and Hard Road evolved into a full working group as a result of the success and chemistry of the musicians who came together to work on Steve's original live studio recording Hard Road (dn444) released in 2004. This chemistry in the studio has led to an excellent rapport onstage, on the road and in the songwriting and harmonies that have become the signature Hard Road sound. The elegance of Anne Luna’s bass anchors the Hard Road groove while her harmonies sparkle. Currently, Hard Road is privileged to welcome the immense talents of banjo player Bill Evans along with the fiddle stylings of the phenomenal Nate Lee to selected shows.

The band has been featured at the Bighorn Mountain Festival, the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, Pickin’ in the Pines, Tucson’s Bluegrass in the Desert, the Outpost Performance Space and the Swallow Hill and High Street concert series.

Featured on their latest CD, “Signs Along the Road” is Bill Evans, with guitarist Aaron McCloskey (see the May/June 2010 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), national championship fiddler Megan Lynch, veteran sideman and master bass player Bill Amatneek.

Steve Smith, Chris Sanders and Hard Road

Anne Luna

Anne Luna

Bassist Anne Luna makes her home on the shores of Lake Sumner in the cabin she inherited from her grandparents. While attending South Plains College where she received her AA in Commercial Music (2004), Anne was voted Female Instrumentalist of the Year for two consecutive years. To complement her instruction at SPC, Anne studied classical bass techniques at Texas Tech University (where she earned a degree in biology!). She has recorded with Alan Munde, Kenny Maines and Amanda Shires and performed with the Spring Creek Bluegrass Band, Doctor Skoob and the Acoustic Groove, the April Verch Band, Steve Smith and Hard Road, and Hot Foot Toby. Her playing has been described as graceful, elegant and at the same time, hard-driving. As an instructor, her energy and easy-going manner create a welcoming atmosphere for students. Catch her anchoring the groove and singing sweet harmonies with the Hard Road Trio!

Bill Evans

Bill Evans

San Francisco Bay Area musician and Virginia native Bill Evans has toured and performed with the best musicians the acoustic music world has to offer: the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Due West, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Robin and Linda Williams and their Fine Group, Peter Rowan, Suzanne Thomas, Don Rigsby and Friends, the Lynn Morris Band, and John Reischman. It the 1980s Bill was the founder/leader of the progressive bluegrass band Cloud Valley that included Steve Smith and bass player Missy Raines.  In addition to writing Banjo for Dummies, (the largest selling banjo book in the world since its release in 2007), Bill is also the co-author of Mel Bay's Parking Lot Pickers Songbook: Banjo Edition.   Each year he hosts the NashCamp Fall Banjo Retreat with Sonny Osborne west of Nashville, Tennessee.

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For booking, contact:
Maria E. Nadauld
Above the Bay Booking
510-828-6961
marianadauld@pacbell.net
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