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Steve Nardella

Steve Nardella was born on June 26, 1948 in Providence, RI.  Steve became proficient on both guitar and harmonica by his late teens. In 1971, Steve relocated to Ann Arbor, MI.  Steve formed the band the Boogie Brothers with Sarah Brown, Johnny Nicholas and Fran Christina. They backed a variety of blues musicians who toured locally, and performed at the 1972 Ann Arbor Blues Festival. The following year, the band name had changed to the Vipers and included guitarist George Bedard.  Nardella and Bedard then formed the Silvertones, who toured across the US, and released the 1977 album, “One Chance With You.”  Steve also became a solo artist and toured and played backing to other musicians.  In 2008, Nardella, Bedard and their one time band pianist Mr. B (Mark Lincoln Braun), played a reunion concert at Ann Arbor's Firefly Club. Steve, with varying backing musicians, continues to perform live.  Steve released his “Daddy Rollin’ Stone” album in 1993. Songs featured on the album include “Daddy Rollin’ Stone” written by Otis Blackwell, and two songs previously recorded by Elvis Presley in the 1950s: “Any Place in Paradise”, written by Joe Thomas and “Trying to Get to You”, written by Rose Marie McCoy and Charles Singleton.  Steve also released the album “It’s All Rock & Roll” in 1979 and the song “It Ain’t Right”, written by Walter Jacobs.


The Silvertones started in 1973, and included George “Fun Fingers” Bedard on guitar and vocals, Carl Hildebrandt on bass, Tom McDermot on drums, and Steve Nardella on guitar, harmonica and vocals.  The Silvertones were stated to be “one of the finest Ann Arbor, MI, blues/rockabilly bands of the era.” They were a strong influence in the roots-music rival that was happening in the mid-1970s, and traveled throughout the U.S. The Silvertones released the album "One Chance With You" in 1977.  Songs featured on the LP include “Don’t Say That No More” written by Jimmy Reed,  "Linda Lou", written by Ray Sharpe (which first appeared by the Astronauts in 1964), and “Hand Clapping” written by Red Prysock, first released with Red Prysock and his Orchestra in 1955.  In 1978, Nardella reformed the band as the Steve Nardella Band, and which included George Bedard and boogie woogie pianist Mr. B (Mark Braun). The album "It's All Rock & Roll" was released by the band in the late 70's.

Biography by Kathryn Johnson

It's All Rock And Roll


Released: 1979

Label: Blind Pig Records
Country: US

Daddy Rolling Stone


Released: 1993

Label: Schoolkids Records
Country: US

The Silvertones- One Chance With You


Released: 1977

Label: Blind Pig Records
Country: US