"[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. As far as I can tell “Awful Smart Man” is his second album (“Long Island Slim” came out in 2002) and although his trips to the studio are far from regular, the results are well worth seeking out. Here he begins with the title track, and the simple voice / guitar arrangement sets the mood for a self-depreciating lyric, and a near-yodel. “Send Me to the 'lectric Chair” starts slow and folksy, but when the instruments kick in, in swings like an early jazz-blues standard. There really is no shortage of variety on “Awful Smart Man”. “Top Percent” grooves like a ‘70s jam band and the marvelous “Don't Tempt Irene” rocks and rolls in a most satisfying manner. Before I sign off, I should mention his collaborators; Sticks Levine keeps the beat, folk-popsters the YaYas supply backing vocals, and co-producer / engineer Fred Gillen Jr. plays bass, and provides just enough polish for Kolker to shine."
-Rob F. - Leicester Bangs Arts & Music Blog
"Nice work. You need to be down here [in Memphis], not up there! I hear Todd Snider, John Sebastian, Ms. John Hurt, and my old friend Dave Van Ronk. Will play "Awful Smart Man" on Wednesday." - Bruce Newman, host, "Bruce's Folksong Siesta", WEVL Memphis 89.9 FM
Larry is based in the Lower Hudson Valley and has performed in venues throughout the Northeast. Shows since Spring 2012 include the Montauk Music Festival (twice), Gizzi's Restaurant, Tarrytown Farmers' Market (4x), Trail's End Restaurant, Coffee Labs Roasters, BeanRunner Cafe (twice), Black Cat Cafe, Peekskill Coffeehouse, Tribes Hill/Common Ground Winter Solstice Concert, Greenpoint Gallery, Beacon Theatre (in Beacon; Hope Machine Hootennany), Irvington's Got Music benefit, Vista on the Hill Concert Series, Terry Doyle Tribute, Crafts @ Lyndhurst, John Jay Homestead Farm Market (twice), Sullivan Hall, John Street Jam @ the Dutch Arms Chapel, Huntington Folk Festival, Borderline Music Club festival, Eleven 11 Grille & Spirits, and High Falls Cafe Acoustic Thursdays.
Released: July, 2012
More about: Larry Kolker
How to buy Awful Smart Man
Purchase online here: www.cdbaby.com/cd/larrykolker2
Purchase online here: larrykolker.bandcamp.com/
directly from Larry (autographed if you ask) - send $10 via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your mailing address in the message.
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