Larry Garner Biography

8 July 1952, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Garner draws upon a natural talent for storytelling and music making that differentiates him from those who attempt to find a personal synthesis of prevailing styles and influences. Raised in the Baton Rouge area, Garner learned guitar from his uncle, George Lathers. By the age of 11, he was playing with a gospel group, the Stars Of Joy, broadcasting on WXOK in Zachary, Louisiana. Four years later, he joined his cousin in the Twisters, an R&B band that played in various Baton Rouge clubs, including the Black Cat Lounge and the Jackson Club. Garner served with the army in Korea, playing at every base to which he was sent. On his return, he abandoned music for 10 years to raise a family and work at a local chemical plant. In 1983, he began to sit in on open nights at Tabby’s Blues Box, owned by self-styled ‘King of Swamp Blues’, Tabby Thomas. Two years later Garner formed his own band and rapidly gained a reputation for performing his own songs. One, ‘Dog House Blues’, gained him a B.B. King Lucille Award in 1988. Two years later, he released his own cassette of original material, which led to the recording of his first proper album, Double Dues. By the time Too Blues was released, he had become a regular at festivals throughout the UK and Europe. A brief move to Verve/Gitanes and the opportunity to utilize a larger budget and guest musicians has not changed his pragmatic approach to music making. In the late 90s he settled with the European label Ruf.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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