Born from the rhythmic heart of Johannesburg, Ross Harding is not just another musician. This blues-rock powerhouse has fast become a name that resonates with raw emotion, versatility, and unparalleled guitar mastery. For fans of classic rock, grunge, and blues, Harding serves as a nostalgic yet refreshing reminder of those iconic musical eras.
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A Sound from the Past, A Voice for the Future
Simon Black, a critic from the United Kingdom, aptly encapsulated Harding's unique blend of old and new. He remarked on the striking depth in Harding’s music, drawing parallels to the mood and tone of Soundgarden's "Superunknown" era. Indeed, Harding's track 'Black Sun Blues' conjures memories of Chris Cornell’s hauntingly evocative voice.
Noteworthy Collaborations and Events
Over the years, Harding has collaborated with some of the most prominent names in the South African music scene. The "House of Blues" show in 2018, co-hosted with Hughes, saw a full house and showcased talents like Andre Kriel, Pepi Dimevski, and Richard Bruyns. Not just limited to South Africa, Harding has also made waves internationally with performances in Italy and at significant festivals such as the Drakensberg’s White Mountain Festival and Ramfest.
Discography that Speaks Volumes
His debut solo album, "Rest & Resurrection," which dropped in early 2022, has already received widespread acclaim both locally and globally. Fans were eagerly awaiting his next EP, "Chapter II," which was released on 4th November 2022, featuring a music video sponsored by MTN.
Harding on ‘Love & Time’
Harding's passion, dedication, and love for rock music are evident in his recent single ‘Love & Time.’ Serving as a preview to his "Chapter II" EP, the track has been crafted with meticulous attention to the depth of blues and rock. With Audio Nebula Studios' assistance and producer Byron Muller, the song brings forward the raw emotions reminiscent of the classic rock legends.
In Conversation with the Artist
When asked about his endless drive and energy, Harding remarked on his lifelong passion for rock music and his undying dream of sharing his work with the world. For newcomers to his music, he recommends the track 'Love & Time,' believing it speaks to a wide range of listeners.
As for his live performances, the thrill of playing on massive festival stages gives him an adrenaline rush unlike any other. Ross, ever so mysterious, also teased hidden "signatures" in his lyrics, challenging fans to discover them.
A Journey Just Beginning
For Ross Harding, the journey is just beginning. With a slew of upcoming shows, this blues rock maestro from Johannesburg is destined for even greater heights. The world of rock awaits his next move eagerly.