Larry Kolker plays American roots music with a postmodern 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 its "sensual bluesy feel". Another reviewer stated: "[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 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 (6x), Trail's End Restaurant, Coffee Labs Roasters, BeanRunner Cafe (twice), Black Cat Cafe, Peekskill Coffeehouse, Tribes Hill/Common Ground Winter Solstice Concert, Greenpoint Gallery (twice), Beacon Theatre (in Beacon; Hope Machine Hootennany), Irvington's Got Music benefit, Vista on the Hill Concert Series, Terry Doyle Tribute, Crafts @ Lyndhurst (twice), John Jay Homestead Farm Market (4x), Sullivan Hall, John Street Jam @ the Dutch Arms Chapel, Huntington Folk Festival, Borderline Music Club festival, Eleven 11 Grille & Spirits, High Falls Cafe Acoustic Thursdays (2x), MTK Tavern, and the Starving Artist Cafe.
Larry opened for folk icon David Massengill on January 19, 2014 at the Borderline concert series in New City, NY. He has played at the 2013 Borderline Folk festival, 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. 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. He is a Board member of the Tribes Hill musical community.
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, among others, on WIOX-FM (www.wioxradio.org)(4 songs), WVKR-FM (www.vkr.org), WEVL-FM (www.wevl.org) and www.musictogousa.com (5 songs). This album reflects a journey of love, agony, discovery, acceptance and joy. Larry was recently featured in the "Hudson Valley Artist Spotlight" with Kathy Millar on WHUD-FM; a recording of the interview is available at www.whud.com/artist_spotlight/index.php. The "story behind the song" of "Don't Tempt Irene", from "Awful Smart Man", is in Round Magazine: http://www.roundmagazine.net/music/round-indie-music/330-larry-kolker. Sample full band performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bTYGqcgI70.
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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)! Songs from this new CD can be streamed from this website, and are also available for download. HIs 2002 cd, "Long Island Slim", is available on cdbaby, itunes and the usual digitial distribution media.