About Stefani Scamardo:
To say Stefani Scamardo wears multiple hats is an indisputable understatement. She’s the founder of both Hard Head Management and Evil Teen Records, whose roster includes Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, Tyler Ramsey and DJ Logic among others. She hosts her own Sirius XM show, “Jam On With Stefani Scamardo” and she even oversees the acclaimed festival Mountain Jam, now in its 12th year, and the Christmas Jam, one of the most celebrated and longest-running live benefit concerts in the U.S., now in its 28th year.
Upon graduating from George Washington University, the D.C. native moved to New York City and enrolled in an Audio Engineering class at the New School for Research. After meeting a rep from Island Records, an assistant job at the label eventually morphed into an A&R position. By 1996, she would become manager for the enduring, globally revered group Gov’t Mule and its founder, Grammy Award-winner and guitar legend Warren Haynes—who also happens to be her husband.
Under Scamardo’s guidance, Gov’t Mule solidified itself as one of the most influential blues rock jam bands, developed a robust touring regiment, and showcased its virtuosity over the course of 15 studio and live albums, millions of album and track sales and thousands of performances, recently celebrating their 20th Anniversary. Simultaneously, she has overseen Warren’s impressive balance of Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead, his solo career, and more. She even got behind the board to produce Phil Lesh’s solo offering There and Back Again and managed The Dead’s historic 2009 reunion tour.
Stefani is also the driving force behind Warren’s annual, always sold-out benefit concert Christmas Jam in his hometown of Asheville, NC. Seventeen years ago, she expanded the Jam’s charity and goodwill by orchestrating a lasting partnership that would benefit the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. In 2014 alone a half-million dollars in Christmas Jam proceeds were donated, marking one of the largest contributions to the organization to date. Each year the Jam offers local events around town and an incredible bill of world-class artists, surprise collaborations, rare appearances, and musical sets that rock into the wee hours of the morning at the 7,600 capacity U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville.