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Larry Griffith


Larry Griffith has been on a musical and geographic journey southward, and his fifth album, Bonafide, is the next step. Like any good blues, it was born of some hardship. Larry recorded it while going through a breakup, and had to halt production for two months to undergo throat surgery. Though the process was trying (because it was trying), the result is an honest and vivid reflection of the road Larry has traveled and the things he’s picked up and carried with him along the way. As songs like “Had Enough,” “It Ain’t What They Call You,” and “I’m Free” attest, Larry was down but never out.

Larry has been based in Atlanta since 1990, which turned out to be an ancestral home for him. Though he didn’t know it until after she died, his mother was born and raised just 24 miles east in Conyers, GA. He also experienced a musical homecoming in Atlanta, where the thriving and multi-faceted blues scene provided the big tent under which Larry could place all the influences he had taken in and all the music he wanted to put out. Coming of age in Cincinnati’s Walnut Hill neighborhood, Larry lived just steps from King Records where he frequently saw and heard the likes of Freddie King, Bill Doggett, and James Brown. The city surrounded him with the sounds of local heroes like The Isley Brothers, The Ohio Players, and Hank Ballard’s Midnighters. Music from beyond the Ohio atmosphere was also reaching him, and he still counts Bob Dylan, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, and Billy Strayhorn as some of his heaviest influences. After coming to Atlanta, he began to absorb more pure blues from household names such as Taj Mahal, but also lesser-known saints of the southern blues canon like Atlanta’s own Frank Edwards, Piedmont guitar master Cootie Stark, and Eddie Tigner of Inkspots fame. These influences and Larry’s own experiences culminate in songs and sounds that depict the view from where he sits, or as he puts it, “looking out my mind’s window.”



Track Listing:

1: Hoodoo Hannah
2: Always Going To Be Something With You
3: It Ain't What They Call You
4: I Know
5: I Do, I Did, I'm Done
6: Slow Grind
7: Had Enough
8: I'm Free
9: Mama Tried

Shake It Loose

Track Listing:

1: Keep Ridin
2: Every King Needs a Queen
3: All I Really Wanna Do
4: Our Love Is In Good Hands
5: Aint Puttin Up
6: Shake It Loose

You Can't Turn a Hoochie Into a Housewife

Track Listing:

1: You Can't Turn a Hoochie Into a Housewife

Get Up

Track Listing:

1: My Jack Is Jumpin'
2: Get Up, Get Out
3: Can't Go Back
4: I'm Tired
5: Why, Baby?

High Wire Walkin'

Track Listing:

1: Better Man
2: Oh, My Lawd!
3: You Ain't Walkin Out That Door
4: Out of My Reach
5: One of Us Got's to Go
6: Without Annette
7: Lunatic On the Line
8: Head Over Heels
9: Tell Her
10: This Love of Ours
11: You're the One
12: Rethinkin My Thoughts

Hard As It Gets

Track Listing:

1: Drivin Me Away
2: Blues Is Callin' My Name
3: Damn If It Didn't Rain
4: Hard As It Gets
5: I'll Specialize
6: Somebody Better Call Somebody
7: It's Time
8: Don't Wanna Be Here
9: Cora Lee
10: Keep Ridin'
11: Let Yourself Slide
12: One Good Woman

I Want A Big Legged Woman

Track Listing:

1: I Want a Big Legged Woman (With Good Credit)


Booking Info

Larry is available for festivals, clubs, private parties and other events.


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\"Larry Griffith\'s \"Bonafide\" is just indispensable, addictive and enjoyable. It\'s up to you to enjoy it with friends! Let\'s hope that European festivals will start to take an interest in this huge artist and that we will have the pleasure of seeing him on European stages very soon.\"

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Larry returns to The Couch to talk about all that has been going on in his world since his last visit and the creation of his latest release, Bonafide.

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Barn Owl Blues ReviewJune 12, 2019

Songs that deserve a special mention to me are the blues-like \\\"Always Going To Be Something With You\\\", with leading roles for trumpet and harmonica, and \\\"I Do, I Did, I\\\'m Done\\\" with beautiful guitar playing by the aforementioned Richman . A great CD, recommended.

Eric Campfrens

Zicazac Review June 12, 2019

Its hard to stick a label on an album of such quality and diversity, and we are not the ones who will complain because the Larry Griffith Projects wide range of action allows us not to we tire a single second listening to this masterpiece. Essential

Fred Delforge

Music In Belgium ReviewJune 12, 2019

Here\'s a great blues album built by a professional musician accompanied by a fine team. Blues... Blues... Blues!

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Larry Griffith - Shake It Loose reviewApril 25, 2017

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CD Review - Blues Blast MagazineApril 9, 2017

Many thanks to Marty Gunther and Blues Blast Magazine for the review of Shake It Loose!

Marty Gunther

Review - Shake It LooseFebruary 6, 2017

Eric Campfens from Barn Owl Blues reviews Shake It Loose

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Hot Off The Press - Shake It Loose!!!January 5, 2017

Larrys latest release Shake It Loose is out on the airways world wide and available for sale on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.

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WRFG Interview with Stagga LeeJanuary 5, 2017

Had a blast with Stagga Lee on his Blues Therapy Show on WRFG in Atlanta! Click the picture and listen in!!

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BLUES STOTTS: A REVIEW -NOV 12, 2016November 17, 2016

Thanks to Rhetta Akamatsu for the great review of Saturday\'s Blues Stotts Festival and to Sandra Richardson for the awesome pics!!

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Blue Mountain Review - Interview with LarrySeptember 3, 2016

.....what I do know is that I do not want to leave this plane of existence with one song left inside of me...Larry Griffith

Kaleb Garrett

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From the syncopated rhythm of My Jack Is Jumpin to the sexy harmonica in I\'m Tired, Larry Griffith dazzles and delights in Get Up, each song more bewitching than the next

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Check out these videos from the 2015 European Tour

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Thanks to all the photographers for the amazing pictures of the tour!

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Honored to be included in this great movie bridging the gap between old and new school blues. Cool seeing myself in this trailer and will be even cooler to see it on the big screen!

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Living Blues Reviews October 1, 2014

The all original playlist kicks off with a pair of hard-driving modern blues that show Griffith at his best. Damn If It Didn't Rain, however, changes directions as Delta Jon Harris's slashing slide guitar licks lead the way & a vocal trio lends a gospel feel. Next up is the title track, a lyrical & musical relative of Why I Sing the Blues, followed by the deep soul ballad I'll Specialize. Somebody Better Call Somebody & It's Time take things back up tempo & Jeff Baker's harmonica joins Harris's slide to go railroading on Don't Wanna Be Here. Cora Lee is a jazzy strut with backing vocals, & Griffith's drums drive Keep Ridin', while his vocal sounds uncannily like Smokehouse's Anthony Thompson. Let Yourself Slide takes us to the dance floor, & One Good Woman closes the proceedings with a funky beat & a piece of good advice. Griffith is one of a growing cadre of bluesmen who should be better known outside their local scene & this album should move him closer to that goal

- Jim DeKoster, Living Blues

Rootstime Reviews September 16, 2014

Larry Griffith, steeped in the blues tradition, reminds us of the roots of the blues and soul music, by combining the honesty his entertaining lyrics and his wide range of styles "Hard As It Gets" is an album of a musician worth discovering!

- Eric Shuurmans, Rootstime

Get Up

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High Wire Walkin'

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Hard As It Gets

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Big Legged Woman

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