“Sung with great soul, Larry Kolker offers a refreshing addition to the great singer-songwriter tradition with the powerful ‘Dog Year’. With a great ear for melody the arrangements feel positively energetic… The stylistic gamut runs from a western twang to elements of indie rock, folk with even a hint of reggae coming into the mix. A sense of humor and playfulness ties the entirety of the album together… [He also] incorporates a little bit of funk and jazz fusion… ‘Dog Year’ shows off Larry Kolker’s undeniable chops, creating a sound that feels timeless and infinitely tasteful.” –Skope Magazine
"[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 available solo, with a drummer, a trio, or with a full-out blues/rock band.
Larry is based in the Lower Hudson Valley and has performed in venues throughout the Northeast. He played the 2015 KAABOO festival in San Diego, opened for folk icon David Massengill on January 19, 2014 at the Borderline Folk concert series. He played at the 2103 Huntington Folk Festival, the 2013, 2014 & 2015 Borderline Folk festivals, the 2012 & 2013 Montauk Music Festivals, the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA, and the Bob Dylan Festivals at the Warwick Valley Winery.
Other notable shows since Spring 2012 include: Bitter End (March 15, 2018), People's Voice Cafe (Dec 2017), Christopher Street Coffeehouse featured songwriter June 2017, New Morning Singer Songwriter Series, the Upstream Gallery, the BeanRunner Cafe, Tribes Hill/Common Ground Winter Solstice Concert, John Street Jam @ the Dutch Arms Chapel, Vista on the Hill Concert Series, Gizzi's Restaurant, Tarrytown Farmers' Market, Trail's End Restaurant, Coffee Labs Roasters, Boathouse Restaurant, Black Cat Cafe, Peekskill Coffeehouse, Greenpoint Gallery, Beacon Theatre (in Beacon; Hope Machine Hootennany), Irvington's Got Music benefit, Terry Doyle Tribute, Crafts @ Lyndhurst, John Jay Homestead Farm Market, Sullivan Hall, Eleven 11 Grille & Spirits, MTK Tavern, Acoustic Thursdays at the High Falls Cafe, the Starving Artist Cafe, the Grand Victory, and the Folk Music Society of Huntington's Hard Luck Cafe.
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.
Larry has released three CDs. "Dog Year", his new album (the triumphant record release show was Nov. 1, 2017, Triad Theater NYC) is a full-band indie rock album drawing on roots and pop, featuring songs about love, loss, longing, and other small challenges. It was recorded at Mark Dann studios, with Mark on bass, Peter Calo on guitar, Lara Herscovitch on harmonies, Paul Leschen on keys, and Jeremy Kolker on drums. His prior albums, "Awful Smart Man" (2012) and "Long Island Slim" (2002) are also available on the various online distribution sites.
CDs by Larry Kolker
|Dog Year 2017|
Singer-Songwriter, Rock (modern), and Roots Music
“Sung with great soul, Larry Kolker offers a refreshing addition to the great singer-songwriter tradition with the powerful ‘Dog Year’."
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