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Rich hardesty

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Performed in over 2000 live shows, recorded 7 indie records, sold over 50,000 CDs (#1 selling artist in IN), performed at 6 consecutive spring breaks in Jamaica, played in over 100 frat houses, made 3 music DVDs (one featuring Playboy Playmate Tiffany Taylor), has songs featured in films including: 69 the highway, The Surfer, and The Letter, and he has only just begun…


Rich Hardesty is the “Real Deal”

according to Daylle Deanna Schwartz, author of The Real Deal: How to Get Signed to a Record Label (Billboard Books). Rich is too busy to chase record deals, because he’s earning a 6-figure income by gigging and selling CDs on his own! Schwartz will be featuring him in the new edition of her book, Start & Run Your Own Record Label (Billboard Books).

Rich toured with Pepper and Slightly Stoopid in 06 on the Jagermeister Tour including sold out shows at House of Blues in Vegas and 4th and B in San Diego.

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Class Acts

Opened up for Kid Rock and Cypress Hill


Proud member of “The Parrot Head Webring”

Number One

Has the #1 played juke box song on i.u. campus (#1 party school in us)


Headlined John Mellencamp’s 50th b-day party with Moe Z of the Wallflowers (whom he performs with on a regular basis)

Hitting the Road

Toured 36 cities in six weeks on “The Jagermeister Tour” and has been voted the #1 “Jager” band 10 years running, and currently holds the record for the most Jagermeister sold in a night w/100 bottles (this broke his own record of 82)


To support one of his charitable causes, Rich conceptualized and organized a benefit concert, featuring the Rich Hardesty Band, for the Negril Coral Reef Society & Fisherman of Negril


Rich Hardesty is not only a singer/songwriter, but an entertainer who knows how to work a crowd! His reputation for “feel good” music has landed him shows on yachts, at corporate events, and at festivals!! Using his grassroots approach, Rich has developed street teams of dedicated fans in many major cities! Rich maintains a personal connection with his fans by answering all emails himself and communicating with them regularly via his website message board. The unmistakable feel good vibe of Rich Hardesty is felt internationally through his extensive travel and longing for the inspiration that he has gathered from his 40 international trips! That, my friends, is the “Real Deal” on the living legend – Rich Hardesty!!


Rich’s aggressive marketing tactics and grassroots approach to his music have landed him feature interviews in “Gig” Magazine and “Fast Forward.” He has recorded over 600 live shows, allowing fans to experience the intense energy that goes into his performances! He has creatively used his marketing degree from Indiana University to market himself and his music.


Live Shows

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