It's an overcast Saturday afternoon in early January, and Jon Hardy is waiting outside of a nondescript pub on South Kingshighway — the kind of bar that uses an advert for Busch beer to remind its clientele that sleeveless shirts are prohibited. Tall, slim and sporting a winter beard, Hardy totes a notebook full of words that he hopes to someday turn into songs for the band he leads, Jon Hardy and the Public. While his singing voice is full-bodied and often forceful, Hardy is mostly soft-spoken and a little shy, but willing to talk openly about the process of writing his... More >>>