Grand Prize Winner - John Lennon Songwriting Contest
Winner - West Coast Songwriters Song Contest
Two Time Newfolk Finalist - Kerrville Folk Festival
...and 25 more regional, national and international awards for songwriting and performance
Larry Murante's Official Website: http://larrymurante.com/
Chuck Pyle once introduced Larry Murante as "one of the best voices in folk music." It's no surprise that he is gaining a reputation as one of the finest contemporary singer songwriters to emerge from the Northwest in recent years.
Larry's three CD releases, Point of Entry, Water's Edge, and Kiss Me One More Time, have garnered critical acclaim from all over the country and parts of Europe. In the past few years he's racked up a string of national and regional songwriting awards and honors including winning grand prize in the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest and in the singer-songwriter category of the West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest.
Larry grew up in the small rural town of Nazareth, Pennsylvania (also the home of Martin Guitars). In high school, Larry began singing in working bands of every kind. "In my late teens I was singing in a wedding band that performed a variety of styles including jazz, pop, swing, R&B and top-40," he recalls. "In those early years I was also singing in rock cover bands and playing in top 40 groups in town on the weekends. And when I wasn't doing that, I was listening to and playing acoustic folkrock music. My biggest influence from that period (and even today) were the early 70's singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, CSNY, the Eagles and Jackson Browne."
Larry's voice today is a testament not only to good pipes but to years of training — which he's done, logging over a decade of study with opera, jazz, and musical theater stylists among which was Metropolitan Opera veteran baritone, Frank Guarerra (Larry continues to lead a double life as a jazz/rock/R&B singer in his ten piece variety band, Second Wind, which has been together for over 15 years). His songs are full of the sense of how lucky and fragile our lives are (most of us): to have music, companionship, family, a roof overhead, a semblance of mental health, food on the table and the opportunity to grow — these are gifts that in Larry's songs seem tenuous, revokable, and tender.
Though his songs are cleanly structured, he rarely writes himself into a tight formal box, and you can feel his narrator 's eye moving across the landscape like a great, kindhearted novelist who stops to probe gently into each of his characters and their desires (sometimes his own) before moving on to the next scene.
Larry tours nationally, performing a mix of folk concerts, festivals, radio interviews and house concerts and has shared the stage with such artists as Peter Mulvey, Greg Greenway, Pierce Pettis, David Broza, Cosy Sheridan, Laura Love, Michael McNevin, TR Ritchie, Joanne Rand, Jane Gillman, Darcie Deaville, Jim Page, Orville Johnson, Lisa Koch, Karen Pernick, David Maloney, Heidi Muller, Annie Gallup, Dana Robinson, Janis Carper, Johnathan Kingham, Caren Armstrong, Dave Nachmanoff, and Marjorie Richards, to name a few.
11/10/17 Larry Murante ON SALE NOW
11/16/17 Peter Mulvey ON SALE NOW
w/Danielle Ate the Sandwich
11/16/17 Peter Mulvey ON SALE NOW
w/Danielle ate the Sandwich
11/29/17 "Concert For George" Screening & Song Swap - FREE by Reservation Only, Space is limited
3/20/18 David Lindley ON SALE NOW
3/30/18 Hiroya Tsukamoto
5/3/18 Mary Flower
5/25/17 Claude Bourbon
All shows at Rainshadow Recording unless otherwise noted. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.