Interview with Brandon Hardesty of Bumpin Uglies - Mid-Atlantic Dub
Formed in 2008 by lead singer and guitarist Brandon Hardesty, Bumpin Uglies is a powerhouse reggae-rock band hailing from Annapolis, Maryland. Consisting of 5 members, Brandon is joined by bassist and vocalist Dave Wolf, drummer TJ Haslett, horn and keyboardist Ethan Lichtenberger, and saxophone and guitarist Will Lopez.Drawing influence from popular ska-punk and reggae bands such as Sublime, Bad Religion, Reel Big Fish, and Goldfinger, Bumpin Uglies has been bringing melody driven free spirited music for over a decade.
Starting out modestly performing at local open mic nights and backyard parties the group has proven themselves as a standout act leading to an ever-growing fan base and sold out shows and festivals.
In an over the phone interview Brandon talks with us about life on the road, the similarities between being a touring musician and running a small business, the impact of COVID, and fatherhood.