The Hardways: Album #4 “Whittle It Away” came out in 2016. You can purchase it by going to our website.
Gingher Leyendecker: Lead Vocals/Guitar
Riding in on her trusty dirt devil comes lead vocalist/songwriter, banjo picking/rhythm guitar player Gingher Leyendecker. Gingher was born in Phoenix but grew up in the desert border town of Las Cruces, New Mexico. She helped found The Hardways in 2004. Gingher is heavily influenced by the early Americana sounds but enjoys a wide-range of music. (all except that pop country sound). While music is a huge part of her life, she is also a college art professor, and an advanced paraglider pilot and president of the Arizona Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. It is through a rich multitude of experiences, mixed with a colorful upbringing and the ability to never let the truth get in the way of a good story, that has allowed her to write so many of The Hardways songs. In truth, you could say Gingher is a modern day whopping-yarn spinner by tunes.
“We have the greatest lineup we’ve ever had at this point,” Gingher says. “The songs and creativity are flowing stronger than ever. We not only have our fourth album coming out next month, we have the material for a fifth on the way this year. You can’t be in a band for this many years unless you have a passion for the people you work with and the project itself. I definitely love The Hardways, the guys, and our music!”
Daniel Bain: Guitar
From out of the red clay, across the Oklahoma fields and sing-along of a “surrey with the fringe on top” comes a guitar slinger out of Tulsa. Raised by a woman on the run, guitarist, Daniel Bain of The Hardways, spent his misspent youth in bars and desert tumbleweed breezes. Moving to the heat of Arizona around the age of 11, his educational classrooms garnered the ABC’s and 123’s in abandoned buses and private schools. An upbringing that created the only guitarist brash enough to join The Hardways in 2010 (Daniel was formerly in the band Dirty Dan and the Distributors 2007-2010) and his life hence has been the exact chord needed.
Nate Hawbaker: Drums
Nate has been playing drums for nearly 25 years now. His motto is, “I just want to bang on the drums all day!” fits him to a beat! The drummer of a band could really be said to be the bus driver on stage, as each count keeps the sound collectively driven. Nate has been with The Hardways for 4 years. According to Nate, “Collectively each band mate contributes to the writing of tunes for The Hardways, and at times, I guess you can say I am the band member who is the bullfight on acid.” When Nate isn’t busy having fun with his band mates, and fans of The Hardways, he can be found training school district’s bus mechanics and working with them on new products, as well he runs failure analysis on new schools buses. Born and raised in Phoenix, Az. When he has time, outside of buses and band playing, you can find him swimming in shark infested chum water.
Christopher Lee Lykins: Bass
Chris Lykins came into this world during his dad’s Air Force days while he was stationed at Davis Monthan in Tucson AZ. Attending the University of Arizona for his undergraduate degree he then went on to Yale University for medical school. In between those 2 degrees Chris was the lead guitarist in a thrash band called, Atrophy. Touring heavily in Europe during that time, Chris took his medical school admission test in Paris. While he was in medical school he kind of got “burned out” on guitar and began taking Jazz bass lessons, he fell in love with the instrument. Besides music, you can find Chris involved with his other passions: skiing, SCUBA and books. To sum up Chris’s take on life, you would find him quoting this movie line from Tyler Durden in Fight Club, “sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken.” We are so glad Chris decided music and medicine were a better fit, he just wouldn’t be able to pluck the chords right if he thought he really was a chicken.