Cunning singer-songwriter playing blues-based soulful folk-pop with rhythmic fingerstyle guitar and chicken-fried harp. He's a dynamic performer of observant, touching, and often humorous songs. Larry's 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 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.
Other shows since Spring 2012 include the Folk Music Society of Huntington's Hard Luck Café, the Borderline concert series in New City NY (opened for David Massengill), Embark|Peekskill, the Upstream Gallery, New Morning Singer Songwriter Series, the BeanRunner Cafe, Vista on the Hill Concert Series, Sullivan Hall, The Grand Victory, John Street Jam @ the Dutch Arms Chapel, Acoustic Thursdays at the High Falls Cafe, the Muscoot Tavern, The Boathouse Restaurant (Ossining), Eleven 11 Grille (Fishkill), Gizzi's Restaurant, Tarrytown Farmers' Market, Trail's End Restaurant, Coffee Labs Roasters, 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, Terry Doyle Tribute, Crafts @ Lyndhurst, John Jay Homestead Farm Market, MTK Tavern, Hastings Flea, Batonnage Wine Bar, the Starving Artist Café, the Green Growler (Croton-on-Hudson and the Dogwood Bar & Restaurant. Larry organized the First Annual Tribes Hill Music Festival at John Jay Homestead and other grass roots musical events. He is a Board member of the Tribes Hill musical community.
Larry performs solo, with a percussionist, with other singer-songwriters, with a kick-ass trio or quartet, or as a sideman with other artists. Besides his original music he can perform several sets of tastefully arranged rock, pop, folk, and blues covers of songs from the 20's through the teens.
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), WVKR-FM (www.vkr.org), WEVL-FM (www.wevl.org) and www.musictogousa.com. This album reflects a journey of love, agony, discovery, acceptance and joy.
Larry was 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.
Awful Smart Man IS 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 email@example.com 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 on iTunes, etc. HIs 2002 cd, "Long Island Slim", is likewise available on cdbaby, iTunes and the usual digitial distribution media.
DOWNLOADABLE HI RES PIC: http://www.larrykolker.com/photos.php