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Larry Kolker plays American roots music with an edge. His songs cross folk, blues, soul, rock, pop and alt country, harmonized by his distinctive voice. His music has been called the "urban country east-coast white-boy blues"; a recent reviewer noted its "sensual bluesy feel". Another reviewer stated: He’s certainly an all-round talent. He’s a distinctive vocalist with songwriting chops to match; an accomplished guitarist and an in demand blues-harpist..." Larry performs solo, with a percussionist, with other singer-songwriters, and with a rockin' trio or quartet. Besides his original music he performs eclectic, and often surprising, covers of songs from the 20's through the teens.
Larry has performed in numerous venues throughout the Lower Hudson Valley and beyond. Festival appearances include the 2015 KAABOO festival in San Diego, the 2014 Tribes Hill Music Festival at John Jay Homestead, the 2013-2015 Borderline Folk festivals, the 2013 Huntington Folk Festival, the 2012 & 2013 Montauk Music Festivals, the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA, and the Bob Dylan Festivals at the Warwick Valley Winery. For current and other past shows please see the "shows" page of this website. For reviews, visit the "reviews" page.
As a performing songwriter, Larry is all about engaging with his listeners and revealing truths by looking at things in a different light. His songs can be touching and funny. Grass roots music is also about community -- Larry is an active member of the Tribes Hill musical community and organized the Tribes Hill Music Festival at John Jay Homestead; organized two benefit concerts for Children's Rights; co-founded "Shma Na Na", a progressive Jewish music group from Croton-on-Hudson; has served as a board member of Tribes Hill and of the Borderline Folk Music Club; has run numerous open mics and song/jam circles (including the 2015 Clearwater Festival and 2016 Take Me to the River Festival jam circles); and has performed at numerous benefits and tributes.
Larry has released two CD's, "Long Island Slim" (2002) and "Awful Smart Man" (2012), and is at work on another. Awful Smart Man was co-produced with Fred Gillen Jr. at Woody’s House studio, and includes guest performances by pop folk trio the YaYas. It has received airplay on independent and community stations throughout the United States. Larry was featured in the "Hudson Valley Artist Spotlight" with Kathy Millar on WHUD-FM. The "story behind the song" of "Don't Tempt Irene", from "Awful Smart Man", is in Round Magazine.
For free streams and youtube links, please go to Larry's ReverbNation page.
Contact Larry: email@example.com