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Larry Garner

Folks in Europe were hip to Larry Garner long before most blues fans in the states. The Baton Rouge guitarist had already toured extensively overseas, with two British albums to his credit, before Verve issued his stunning domestic debut, You Need to Live a Little, in 1995. Rooted in the swamp blues tradition indigenous to his Baton Rouge environs, Garner brings a laudable contemporary sensibility and witty composing skills to his craft.

Inspired by local swamp bluesmen Silas Hogan and Clarence Edwards, Garner learned how to play guitar from his uncle and a couple of gospel-playing elders. After completing his military service in Korea, he returned to Baton Rouge and embarked on a part-time musical career (he worked at a Dow chemical plant for almost two decades until his recent retirement).

The British JSP label released Garner's first two albums: Double Dues and Too Blues (the latter an ironic slap at an unidentified tin-eared U.S. blues label boss who deemed Garner's demo tape "too blues"). For You Need to Live a Little, Garner delivers creative originals detailing the difficulty of keeping "Four Cars Running" and the universal pain of suffering through "Another Bad Day." He is poised for 21st century blues stardom. Subsequent efforts include 1998's Standing Room Only, 1999's Baton Rouge, and 2000's Once Upon the Blues. ~ Bill Dahl
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Oh my goodness, I love this song right here...You have me smiling from ear to ear cause this is downhome music!
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chunkiep
Music to my sweet ears! Hurt yourself!
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A new and now dedicated fan love me some Larry Garner!
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bluesboy1018
This is my home boy! I'm right hear in Baton Rouge , Larry is one of the best storytellers of the blues
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Yes great music if u t blues lover
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Larry is the prophet of my generation, he speaks my language.
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Becky wonderful Blues music. This is real uplifting instruments and the lyrics are true to life.
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I never heard of L G. but l like his music. I hope he comes to the Gulfcoast soon
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Just found Larry today....but really enjoying his BLUES.
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kellerwood9
I first heard one of his songs on WBRH
a local Baton Rouge high school radio station one Saturday morning while I was working in my cabinet shop.
This was back in the 90's

It was "If you want to hear the blues you gotta go to Baton Rouge."

I told my wife about it n couldn't find his record anywhere.
She knew he was playing in a couple of months at Phil Brady's a local live music club in Baton Rouge.

She sent a letter to the club with his name in it.
Long story short he shows up at my s
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Met Larry at my neighbors home, was impressed even before I heard his blues.Been listening to his blues for years now.
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brendasstar
my heart
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poppa_bear49
have mercy....hav e mercy
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boogiespeed
play da blues! this chillen, ...is da' 'real deal'
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Never heard of this artic but I no him now love his music
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HOWDY!!
Larry is the Real Deal! Super intelligent cat w/ an incredible sense of humor... Oh by the way-great damn blues man!
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My kind of sound. Great mix of guitar harmonica & organ. THis is real music
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rnipper18
If you like blues, check out Larry Garner. I thank the man who introduced me to his music. . .makes me feel good when I listen to it.
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awesome blues guitar player. I thought it was BB until I looked and saw it was this dude.
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Not Familiar with but guitar is almost surgical
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Heard Larry live at Chico Hot Springs in Montana this past Sunday night and it was an awesome evening. Did not know he was going to be there and had a real treat.
Larry Garner has a new fan.
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happydog2
Love ya, Larry. Where is that great drummer that used to play and tour with you? Floyd Saizon? : )
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weesieboo
Great song..play more of Larry Garner!
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rcampbell
Wow...great stuff.
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please play more larry garner!!!!!!
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whats up ? are you going to play a larry garner song on the larry garner station?

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