Larry Hooper loves music. He also loves songwriting and songwriters. Since graduating high school, Hooper has become part of a close-knit network of friends who share his passion for songwriting and his respect for those songwriters who paved the way for today’s songsmiths.
Growing up in the Piney Woods of East Texas, Hooper’s exposure to quality lyric-driven music was limited to the classic country station that often played on radios in the hardware stores and meat markets of his small town. It was not until he started spending time following his cousins’ bluegrass band, The Coleman Brothers and the Lone Star Boys, that his fascination for traditional and Americana music began to really take off. In high school, Hooper began to be exposed to songwriters such as John Prine, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt. Soon he got his first guitar, and after graduating from high school began playing open mics whenever he got a chance. It was at an open mic at the famed Saengerhalle in New Braunfels, Texas that Hooper really began to hone his skills as a songwriter and performer alongside such greats as Slaid Cleaves, Jeff Plankenhorn, Ray Wiley Hubbard, and Susan Gibson. From New Braunfels, Larry moved to College Station for a brief stint at Texas A&M University where he further increased his circle of musician friends by sharing the stage with artists such as Mike Ethan Messick, Gabe Wootten, and members of the newly-formed string band, The Sidehill Gougers. This network of artists accelerated his growth as a singer-songwriter and by the time he released his debut album Rust in 2006 he had created a collection of story-songs and character tunes that give a nod to his influences while creating a sound that is inarguably all his own. From fan favorite “Background Music," to “Wild Side”, a duet with co-writer Susan Gibson that calls to mind classic parings like Prine and Dement, the album is masterfully crafted.