Hardscrabble Road formed in the fall of 2015, when Larry and Katie met and began singing duets. Jim Nordstrom soon hopped on the wagon and the band headed down the road to rockin' paradise. Hardscrabble Road has been entertaining audiences, both listening and dancing, throughout the Santa Cruz Valley ever since. With Bill Foraker (Sweet Ole Bill) on percussion and Jim White wailing the lead guitar riffs, the band has become one of the most popular in the South Tucson/Green Valley area. HSR provides music appropriate for any occasion from weddings to cocktail parties to rocking, swinging, shuffling dance parties. Artists covered include Bill Haley, Eric Clapton, the Everly Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, George Strait, and many more.
the band members
Larry Worster has been rocking his socks off for 60 years. He has discovered many of the the great truths of life. For example, one cannot have too many guitars. He has recently added keyboards to his obsessions. In his former lives, Larry was a Ph.D. Professor of Music, a gourmet chef, a PGA Golf Professional, and a goatherd. He still does all of these jobs at times!
Katie Sayre has been singing most of her life in choruses and choirs, but always dreamed of singing in a band. Since she grew up in a musical family, she loves all kinds of music including oldies from the 30s/40s, musicals, country and rock. When not singing, she and her husband, Ray, own and run Casa Paloma B&B in Tumacacori, AZ.
Bryan Savage has built a strong following across the country as a solo artist on the National Smooth Jazz radio charts, with the #1 most played tune on national smooth jazz radio from his CD "Cat Food", as well as doing solo performances featuring tunes from his 7 international CD releases plus other popular tunes .Additional credits include a gold record for his sax work on the number one-selling Steve Martin hit single "King Tut."
Jim Nordstrom is a recent arrival in Green Valley from the studios and clubs in the "Big Apple." Jim's bass playing is second to none.
Bill Foraker’s diverse background includes tournament-level foosball, piano mover, pawn shop employee, Bally School of Pinball and Electronic Game Repair graduate. He has been in 17 bands that he can remember, and has played on 3 CD's. His claim to fame is his induction into the Wabash Valley Musicians' Hall of Fame. He currently works ground and air operations at air shows and gives tours at the Pima Air and Space Museum. And plays pickleball.
Jim White comes to Hardscrabble Road via the Chicago and Central Illinois Music Scene. Playing in bands for over 40 years, he started seriously gigging while still in High School, playing Chicago’s club scene and college fraternity parties. After college Jim moved to Peoria, Illinois where he made music a full-time job. Jim’s style is informed by the music of his youth: Beatles, Stones, Clapton, etc. His eclectic style works well with Hardscrabble Road. It’s clear that he is now having the time of his life.