The Warren G. Hardings are a high-energy stringband from Seattle, Washington. Heavily influenced by America’s roots, folk and bluegrass heritage, they belong to a generation of young musicians that continues to evolve and adapt these acoustic traditions for the 21st century. The band has a deep affinity for the music of legendary bluegrass pioneers such as Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, as well as the countless artists following in their footsteps who have helped progress the genre to the rich and diverse art form it is today. The Warren G’s draw on this legacy and contemporary influences, ranging from pop to punk, to create a live show experience that promises a foot-stomping party atmosphere and a good time for all. Whether ripping through old standards or performing original songs, the band strives to provide an infectious energy that gets the crowd moving.
The members of the Warren G. Hardings arrived in the Pacific Northwest by way of California, Utah, Ohio, Maryland, Colorado, New York, Michigan and Arizona, and have called Seattle home since forming in early 2011. The Warren G. Hardings are:
Lee Callender – Fiddle
Lee plays the fiddle and has done so for 15 years. He lets his music do the talking.
Andrew Knapp – Bass
Andrew started playing bass in elementary school because it was big and low. After a love affair with jazz in college, he met bluegrass in the heart of Cascadia and hasn't looked back.
Gabriel Marowitz – Mandolin
Gabriel was first inspired to pick up a mandolin after accidentally stumbling into a Yonder Mountain String Band show in Boulder, Colorado. This started a journey down the bluegrass rabbit hole leading further and further into the past, until he reemerged with a beard, heavily calloused fingers and many new friends.
Steve Werner – Banjo
Steve Werner's journey with bluegrass and the banjo began four years ago, when he left the Arizona desert for the mountains and forests of the Great Northwest. Someday he might return from whence he came, but probably not.
Dave Zelonka – Guitar
Dave has been playing music and writing songs since he was 14 years old. He grew up on punk rock but started playing bluegrass when he moved into an apartment that didn't allow drums.