- American Idol
- Country Folk
- Southern Country
- Southern Rock
Laine Hardy was destined for a life in music. It was always in the ether growing up in the musically sacred state of Louisiana. The…Full Bio
Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Presents: Laine Hardy At The Vogue
Thu Oct 28, 2021 - with special guests Chris Bandi, Wyatt McCubbin, and Kylie Frey Buy Tickets
Laine Hardy was destined for a life in music. It was always in the ether growing up in the musically sacred state of Louisiana. The official soundtrack for family road trips along the state’s Highway 63 was a steady stream of Elvis Presley, classic rock and blues. Live, regional swamp pop, a combination of country and New Orleans-style R&B, was inescapable at several local restaurants the family frequented.
Childhood in his hometown of Livingston, La. was getting lost in the woods around his family’s property either racing extended family barefooted or riding ATVs. The bottoms of his feet would always have calluses from traversing the native limestone. Hunting, fishing or frogging along the bayous near Lake Maurepas was a way of life and shaped his deep appreciation of nature and solitude.
As a member of a generation of musicians who grew up teaching themselves how to play music through YouTube, Hardy spent his spare time in his formative years researching his idol, Presley, and the way he captivated a crowd. Guitar lessons at Jody’s Music, the local music shop, helped him master his instrument. By the time he turned eight years old, his mother, Cindy Hardy, had bought him his first guitar from Wal-Mart. By the age of 14, he was playing in The Band Hardy, the family group that featured his older brother Kyle Hardy on lead vocals.
Prior to winning the 17th season of American Idol in 2019, Laine cut his teeth winning over an audience performing with The Band Hardy, who would perform for whoever would hire them. “We played birthday parties, bars, restaurants, fairs and festivals,”Hardy recalls.“We played from9 p.m.to 1 a.m. and sometimes longer if they wanted us to keep playing. But when we first started, my brother sang most of the set, and I would play guitar in the background and do solos.”
Laine’s activities outside his first loves of music and nature revolved around playing on local baseball and football teams. But by the time he entered high school, he chose to pursue music exclusively for its power to help him express his interpretations of life as an observant, self-identifying introvert. He was shy growing up and definitely the only one among his friends with tastes for Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Lightning Hopkins, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Muddy Waters.
“When I first picked up an instrument, I was just doing it for fun because I thought it was the coolest thing ever as a kid,” Hardy says. “It was either going to be baseball, football or music. When I got into junior high, I started thinking, ‘I’m going to have to pick one and be happy with it.’”
28 with special guests Chris Bandi, Wyatt McCubbin, and Kylie Frey
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