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Back Porch Buddha
Wichita, Kansas
Hardin, Dennis - Guitar
Masters, Bryan - Guitar/Vocals
Back Porch Buddha is a shape-shifting beast, a moving musical target. With Bryan Masters and Dennis Hardin at its chewy center, the Buddha is by turns rockin', twangy, jazz-infused or tuxedoed -- depending on the other players in the room. Here's Back Porch Buddha by the numbers:

Bryan and Dennis have performed around the state since 1993, opening up for Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry, 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.

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 1934 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 Café and the folk duet Kim & Him.