Incredible Adventures of Back Porch Buddha
Bryan Masters & Dennis Hardin have performed around the state since 1993, opening shows for Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry, and Robert Earl Keen among others. Apart from their long residency at Wichita's storied Artichoke Sandwich Bar, they have also appeared regularly on stages at the Walnut Valley Festival, the Orpheum Theatre and the Wichita River Festival. 'Masters and Hardin take the listener on a journey through the peaks and valleys of the human experience,' writes Wichita City Paper's Jedd Beaudoin. 'In Masters' world, we are one, joined by both our shared and singular experiences,' he continues. 'Hardin's flavorful guitar licks ... lend a sense of lyricism and soul akin to David Lindley's work with Jackson Browne.' Bryan Masters is a fixture in Wichita's vivid songwriting scene. Founder and host of the Artichoke Songwriter Circle since 2000, Bryan has ended up in the winners' circle at the Kaw Valley Songwriting competition, PrairieFest and the Walnut Valley New Songs Showcase. Formerly with Shoobachs, Stick Men and Howdy, Bryan has found his home as half of the Buddha. Dennis Hardin's fretwork is the stuff of legend 'round these parts. Famed for his fire-breathing repertoire on a 1932 National resonator guitar, he is also a skilled mandolin player and vocalist. Formerly with newgrass pioneers Cause for Concern and Stick Men, Dennis also built a multi-instrumental reputation with Matfield Cafe and the folk duet Hamlin and Hardin.