Hard Bargain

Hard Bargain Hard Bargain performs classic R&B, blues and soul from the 60's and beyond. Artist we cover include Otis Redding, Robert Cray, Clarence Carter, Johnnie Taylor, Rufus Thomas, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Tyrone Davis and even the Rolling Stones, among others.

Lead singer, King Arthur Canady is often compared to Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Hard Bargain has released 2 CD's which have received sales and airplay worldwide in radio, films and TV. The group includes horn section, keys, bass, 2 guitarists and lead singer, and background vocals.


Hard Bargain has been performing a wide range of blues and soul, with the fat R&B grooves of the ‘60s and beyond. Soulful lead singer “King Arthur” Canady is often compared to Sam Cooke, Robert Cray and Otis Redding.

Canady and Hard Bargain have been active on the New York blues scene, performing at the Bitter End, Le Bar Bat, The Roxy, the famous Cotton Club, Stanhope House and many other venues throughout the NY-NJ area. In 2002, after releasing their debut CD, Hard Bargain played for a packed Blues 2000&2 Festival in the Catskills.

Hard Bargain’s music includes originals and remakes from such artists as Bobby Bland, Freddie King, Little Milton, Johnnie Taylor, Rufus Thomas and others.

The group began in the mid '90s as Natural Causes, founded by guitarist Alan Grossinger. Next came Arthur Canady on lead vocals; then new millenium brought the addition of bassist Michael Cohen and saxophonist Rafik Cezanne. In 2000, the name was changed to Hard Bargain.

Veteran drummer/vocalist Ron Duncan soon came aboard followed by Dave Falcone, a blues guitar master. Today, with Alec Higgins on keyboards, Eric Williams on trumpet, and Irvin Karan on trombone, Hard Bargain is an 9-piece powerhouse, described by many as “the real deal," and one of NYC's finest R&B bands.

The band’s debut CD has sold in 19 countries and across 38 states, and is still available at CD Baby and iTunes.

Hard Bargain’s latest release, “More Than You Bargained For,” includes new originals by the group as well as Grammy nominees Jon & Sally Tiven, who have written and produced for Robert Cray, B.B. King, and the late Little Milton and Wilson Pickett. The new CD is available at CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and other online retailers. You can hear samples at iTunes and www.cdbaby.com/all/hardbargain
Location: Bronx, NY
Founded: 1999
Number Members: 8
Will travel: 300 miles
Gigs how often: unspecified
Rates: $500 - $1000 per hour for the full band, depending on travel and venue requirements.
Genre(s): Blues, Funk, Motown, Oldies, Soul / R&B
Venue(s): Clubs, Festivals / Street Fairs, Weddings, Corporate Events, Holiday parties, Private parties, Special Occasions, Church / Charity Events  
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