Steve Nardella is a blues guitarist. He played in the 1972 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival and recorded on the Blind Pig Records label. His bands have included the Silvertones (with George Bedard), the Steve Nardella Band (with Bedard and pianist Mr. B), and the Steve Nardella Trio.


He's been playing 50s rock, R&B, and blues guitar and harmonica in Ann Arbor since he came here from the East Coast in 1970. (He started performing in his teens, after watching Muddy Waters and his band at the Cafe au Go Go in Greenwich Village.) Nardella bought his trademark 1956 Gibson decades ago from jazz guitarist Joe Summers, who still lives and plays guitar in Ypsilanti. "If you wanted a nice guitar, he was the guy to see," Nardella remembers. "I told him I wanted a big fat Gibson."