Guitarist, singer, and composer Lyn Hardy was born in Ann Arbor, MI, in 1947. She has been performing since the summer of 1965. She was a one-time member of 3/4 Ton Pickups, who, with a name like that, was, of course, a country band. She wrote some of the music the band used. Other tunes belonged to traditional country greats like Patsy Cline and Hank Williams. Hardy's work, ranging from folk music to rock and blues, has also been influenced by a widely assorted genre of artists like George Jones, Frank Sinatra, Bonnie Raitt, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Jay Ungar, and Diana Ross. After 3/4 Ton Pickups ended, Hardy formed an all-girl eclectic band called the Rude Girls. The band recorded two albums, Rude Awakening and Mixed Messages, both under the Flying Fish Records label. The debut album won the group a Best Independent Label String Band Record award. One of the songs Hardy wrote for the band, "Ballad of Francine Hughes," was picked to appear on a folk song album in a collection being completed by the Smithsonian Institution. Hardy has released a number of folk tunes, working with her ex-husband, Jay Ungar, on the albums Songs, Ballads, and Fiddle Tunes and Catskill Mr. Goose Chase, both for Philo Records. They also combined talents for the albums A Place to Be and Putnam String Country Band. During her career, Hardy has appeared on many other albums, working with artists like David Bromberg, Russ Barenberg, Linda Ronstadt, Molly Mason, Bonnie Raitt, and Evan Stover.
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