A highly talented, underground group from Wheeling West Virginia, The Brett Cain Band, worked with Nardini to create some legendary music in the late 90’s that resulted in their LP, Rise. As leader of The Pittsburgh Blues Allstars, Nardini has led their performance at the Pittsburgh Blues Festival for the last 13 years, shows that have featured the best of the ‘burg Shari Richards, Billy Price, Gary Beloma, Kenny Blake Mark Stutso, and Jill West. The late great Glenn Pavone played his last show with The Allstars at the Blues Fest.
The Redemption LP, which featured new arrangements of his older tunes kept Nardini and his band busy playing week in and week out just like they always had done. Opening slots in front of acts like Johnny Winter, Peter Wolf, Pete Best, Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, Tommy Castro, and Bernard Allison, John Eddy, and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes helped to keep the Pittsburgh rocker at the top of his game.
The Nardini wrote and produced Rock My Soul LP in 2007 by singer-drummer Mark Stutso came as the result of Nardini hearing this West Virginian sing with Jimmy Thackery’s Drivers. In 2010 Stutso sang lead on the Nardini produced JJ Burner LP, Roll On that also featured monster player Warren King on lead guitar.
Bone A Fide was 2011’s Norman Nardini release that reached a new hi level for this relentless musical force. Most artist’s that have been around as long as Nardini have long since done their best work, not so in the case of Pittsburgh’s uncrowned king of rock n’ roll.
In 2012 The Nighthawks, Washington DC’s best known and longest running blues band included 3 of Nardini’s songs on their Damn Good Time Release.
As 2013 is coming to an end, Norman Nardini says that he’s just getting started. With a seemingly endless string of exciting new songs and a guitar style that gets stronger as the years roll by Nardini says, “bring out the rest n’ let me put ’em to the test n’ we’ll see who’s good rockin’ n’ who’s just talking”.Harry Bottom Bass player, Harry Bottoms is the foundation of a Norman Nardini performance. After 25 years of service, Harry’s BG vocals and bass guitar are the rock that holds it all togather. As a teenage boy Harry was cutting in a New York studio at the same time as Jimi Hendrix, Jimi asked him if he had change for a hundred dollar bill.
Mike Floccari Drummer, Mike Floccari has been with the band 2 years. As a longtime fan of Norman’s longtime drummer, Whitey Cooper, Flo had no trouble finding his place in this music after 20 years in the The Powers Run Band. Floccari also wrote and played drums on the JJ Burner LP that Norman produced back in 2010.
Larry Siefers Keyboards and tenor sax man Larry Siefers did the Love Dog tour with Norman back in 1987. He’s also played piano on most of the big doo wop shows filmed in Pittsburgh. Along with the late great Glenn Pavone he helped start up the Gene’s Blues Bar scene of the 90’s.