John Swann - Guitar and Vocals
Vocals & GuitarJohn has been a member of Hardwater since its inception in 2001. In 2013 he reformed the band and happily embraced the position of band leader. In the mid-70s John sang and played guitar in the "The Rentals" - a folk/rock band, led by Glen McClughan based in Victoria B.C. John’s biggest musical heroes growing up in the '60s were Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin and Frank Zappa. Following a long hiatus from performing, John has been active on the Davis music scene in the 21st century. In addition to playing with and leading Hardwater, he has performed at various times with folk artists Katie Henry, Ray Frank, and Laura Sandage of Mudlark, and has also collaborated with guitarist / vocalist Andrew Corbett. John has added occasional song-writing and bass playing to his musical endeavors. His current musical aspiration is to learn to sing harmony well.
Guitar, Harmonica & VocalsRichard began playing with Hardwater in 2010. Richard has been playing guitar and harmonica in and around Davis since the early '90's. "Raised" primarily in the blues, he enjoys playing many styles of music. In the early to mid '90's, he gigged mostly with Dave Nachmanoff’s band, Dave & the Generators. For over a decade Richard could be heard gigging weekly with the Gary Lee Yoder band playing southern rock, country, folk, blues & Motown. Richard was also a frequent guest of local favorite Bill Scholer Blues band. In recent years, Richard turned his attention more towards jazz, performing live monthly with FJC (modern jazz) and the Bob Ratcliff Little Big Band (contemporary modern jazz). Not content to play one of style of music, these last few years Richard could also be found playing modern bluegrass harmonica with the West Nile Ramblers, jazzy guitar with Yolo Mambo (jazz, world music) and blues harp with various local blues bands.
DrumsBrad Henderson is a fifth-generation Davis local. His great-great-grandfather Henry “Hartman” Hamel was one of Davis’ original pioneer settlers and Brad’s Hamel relatives still operate ranches/farms on the outskirts of town. On the Henderson side, Brad is a third-generation UC Davis faculty member. His father Jerry and granddad Milton were both Aggie engineering professors. Brad teaches specialized writing classes for engineers and scientists. Henderson started playing drums when he was in the 4th grade. As a teen in the 70s, he played rock, funk, and jazz in a variety of bands, and once performed at a private disco party for Governor Jerry Brown and singer/songwriter, Linda Ronstadt (during Brown’s first term). In his twenties, Henderson moved to San Luis Obispo and played with the 80s nightclub band “Newcastle”--an experience upon which he based his Phi Kappa Phi award winning Drums: a Novel. During the 1990s, he worked for Hewlett-Packard Inkjet in Corvallis, Oregon, and played drums in musical theatre, as well as in "The Love Handles," an electric-blues power trio. Brad has continued to play drums whenever he gets a chance and has been a proud member of Hardwater since 2016.
Kyle is the newest addition to the band. Originally from San Diego, he completed his undergraduate work at UC Davis in 2013 and has stuck around since. He is now working on getting his PhD in Ecology at UC Davis. Kyle became passionate about nature and its conservation at a very young age while hiking the deserts of Southern California with his father. He took an interest in rock and roll and heavy metal in his early high school years and picked up guitar in 2003. He soon picked up other instruments such as keys, accordion, and bass. His tastes have since evolved to include classic rock, folk, bluegrass, new wave, punk, funk, Rn'B, electronic, and hip hop (really anything with a groove). He has played in bands ranging from hardcore to electronic to folk rock. His preferred ax is electric bass. When not canoeing through local marshes to study small crustaceans or tackling the throes of grad school, Kyle likes tinkering on his old Volkswagen and rocking out with Hardwater!