JD Hardy presenting his new song, ‘Let Her Run’ off his full album Killer
Born in Bakersfield, California, JD Hardy grew up amidst the oil rigs, farms, and West Coast honky-tonks that once inspired hometown heroes like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard to create their own form of country music. For JD, the so-called “Bakersfield sound” — a mix of West Coast twang, electric guitars, and rock & roll spirit — always sounded like home.
Killer, his newest collection of muscular, modern country anthems, finds JD firmly planting his flag in the present without forgetting his roots. These are country songs for the present-day California: a soundtrack for Friday night barrooms, boot-scuffed dance floors, highway drives, and unbroken horizons, all performed by a deep-voiced Californian who isn’t afraid to blur the lines between genres. Confidently moving between blue-collar heartland rock songs, slow-burning ballads, and rootsy rave-ups, Killer positions JD Hardy as Bakersfield’s newest rule-breaker.