Steve Hardin

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Steve Hardin
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Background information
Birth name Steve Hardin
Born (1946-10-27) 27 October 1946 (age 67)
Origin Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA
Genres Country, Rock, Blues, Reggae
Instruments Keyboards, Harmonica, Clavinet
Associated acts Point Blank, Steppenwolf, Glen Campbell

Steve Hardin is an American songwriter, keyboardist, and harmonica and clavinet player. He is probably best known as the writer of top-ten country hits "I Love My Truck" (#10, Glen Campbell) and "Breakin' Down" (#10, Waylon Jennings), although his diverse career has included performing tours with Point Blank, Glen Campbell and Steppenwolf; a seven-year gig in a south Florida Reggae band; and a solo CD with backup vocals by Gretchen Wilson.


Steve played in bands in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa in the late 60's and early 70's before joining Point Blank as a keyboard man in 1977. The band's next album release, Airplay, including Steve's composition "Mean to Your Queenie", which would become the band's trademark concert theme song. To this day, Point Blank performs the hard-driving rock piece in every performance.

Hardin met John Kay when Steppenwolf was opening for Point Blank in a venue in west Texas, and Kay offered Steve a keyboard job with Steppenwolf. Steve accepted, and spent the rest of the year touring with the band.

While back in L.A. with Steppenwolf, Hardin learned that Glen Campbell was wanting to hire a full-time writer for his records, tours, and T.V. performances. He interviewed, got the job, and spent the next five years working with Glen writing songs (using the name Joe Rainey), touring, and performing on The Glen Campbell Music Show.

After working with Glen, Steve started hanging out at Nashville's Hall of Fame Club, and he met and married Tulsa country music singer Gus Hardin. He stayed with Gus and her band for about a year before striking out for south Florida, where he spent the next seven years playing Reggae.

From there he moved on to Nashville's The Bourbon Street Club, and helped to form the house band for the venue, Blues-U-Can-Use. Shaun Murhpey, from Bob Segars band sings on the album, not Gretchen Wilson. However, Steve did pay Gretchen $25.00 to sing one of his demos.He met her while she was tending bar in Nashville.


Original Songs[edit]

Not by any means a comprehensive list, here are some highlights:

Year Song Artist/Group Chart Positions Album
US Country[1] US[1] CAN Country[2][3]
1979 "Mean To Your Queenie" Point Blank Airplay
"Shine On"
"Danger Zone"
1980 "Somebody Trying to Tell You Something" Tanya Tucker Dreamlovers
"My Song"
1981 "Rollin'" (Joe Rainey, Jack Tempchin) Glen Campbell It's the World Gone Crazy
"It's Your World"
"I Love My Truck" 10 94 39 The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia soundtrack
"Heartache #3" Tanya Tucker Should I Do It
"Rodeo Girls" (Joe Rainey, Tanya Tucker) 83
1982 "Hang On Baby (Ease My Mind)" (Joe Rainey, Dan Rogers) Glen Campbell Old Home Town
"A Few Good Men"
1983 "Breakin' Down" Waylon Jennings 10 4 It's Only Rock + Roll
1991 "A Few Good Men" Glen Campbell Show Me Your Way


  • The Current ( - Vol. 7, No. 8, August 2010
  • Nashville Music Networking - Issue 11, August 1996