Larry Kolker plays American roots music with an edge. His songs cross folk, blues, pop, rock, soul, and jam-band, harmonized by his distinctive voice. His music has been called the "urban country east-coast white-boy blues". A recent reviewer noted his "sensual bluesy feel."
"[I]magine a concert with Dylan headlining, Loudon Wainwright III second on the bill and John Prine third, let’s say it wouldn’t seem at all strange if Larry Kolker opened the evening’s entertainment. 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..." -Leicester Bangs Music Blog
Larry is available solo, with a drummer, or with a full-out blues/rock band.
Larry is based in the Lower Hudson Valley and has performed in venues throughout the Northeast. He played the 2015 KAABOO festival in San Diego, opened for folk icon David Massengill on January 19, 2014 at the Borderline Folk concert series. He played at the 2103 Huntington Folk Festival, the 2013, 2014 & 2015 Borderline Folk festivals, the 2012 & 2013 Montauk Music Festivals, the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA, and the Bob Dylan Festivals at the Warwick Valley Winery.
Other shows since Spring 2012 include: Christopher Street Coffeehouse featured songwriter June 2017, New Morning Singer Songwriter Series, the Upstream Gallery, the BeanRunner Cafe, Tribes Hill/Common Ground Winter Solstice Concert, John Street Jam @ the Dutch Arms Chapel, Vista on the Hill Concert Series, Gizzi's Restaurant, Tarrytown Farmers' Market, Trail's End Restaurant, Coffee Labs Roasters, Boathouse Restaurant, Black Cat Cafe, Peekskill Coffeehouse, Greenpoint Gallery, Beacon Theatre (in Beacon; Hope Machine Hootennany), Irvington's Got Music benefit, Terry Doyle Tribute, Crafts @ Lyndhurst, John Jay Homestead Farm Market, Sullivan Hall, Eleven 11 Grille & Spirits, MTK Tavern, Acoustic Thursdays at the High Falls Cafe, the Starving Artist Cafe, the Grand Victory, and the Folk Music Society of Huntington's Hard Luck Cafe.
He has performed live on various cable and radio shows and co-organized grass-roots music events such as the Homerecording Jamfest and the Children’s Rights benefits.
Larry's recent CD, 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. The songs have received airplay on numerous independent stations.
Awful Smart Man IS NOW AVAILABLE on CDBABY (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/larrykolker2), or download at http://larrykolker.bandcamp.com, or discounted FOR DIRECT PURCHASE (send $10 via paypal to Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your mailing address in the message)!
CDs by Larry Kolker
|Awful Smart Man 2012|
Singer-Songwriter, Blues, and Roots Music
Postmodern roots music, harmonizing blues, folk, rock, and funk in songs ranging from spare, initimate acoustic arrangements to full-out blues numbers, with ironic and insightful lyrics.
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