The upcoming performance by singer-songwriters Sabra Faulk and Heather Hardy on Tuesday (Aug. 28) at 11:30 a.m. could easily be billed “Sabra & Heather Together Again at ASA” as a take-off on the title of their joint album released last year. Favorites of the Tucson music scene in their own separate bands, it is always a treat when the two play and sing together.
Arizona native, bass and guitar player and band leader, Sabra Faulk has been a mainstay of the Tucson music scene since the early 1980s. Her music is inspired by her beginnings in country, her love of funk, blues, and rock and roll. She has released four albums of original music and was the 2012 Tucson Folk Festival Headliner with her Angel Band.
With early musical training in piano and violin, Heather Hardy eventually chose the violin to study at the Manhattan School of Music. But during her student years, she began busking in the New York City subways, collaborating with blues and rock musicians and discovering a love for improvisation. Moving to Tucson in 1990, she joined the band of legendary blues man Sam Taylor, who gave her the nickname “Lil’ Mama.” Hardy eventually formed her own “Lil’ Mama” Band, and was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 2000. Currently, she tours internationally and has released five albums of original songs.
Heather and Sabra have worked together in many different collaborations over 20 years. They began performing as a duo 10 years ago, playing their individual original songs as well as developing joint interpretations of classic songs by songwriters they both love. These collaborations eventually led to their 2017 recording, “Sabra & Heather Together.”
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer