Larry is originally from Minnesota. He was exposed to music at a very young age since his mother used to sing in a Lutheran choir and play the piano. He began to play the trumpet in band in the sixth grade, and he continued to play it all the way through college. However, he didn't become completely fascinated with music until he was about 12 years old. He was at his Uncle Buster's house one day. His uncle pulled his electric guitar out and began to play it. Larry describes his reaction as being like "getting hit with a brick". Then his uncle brought another guitar out of the closet, gave it to Larry, and began to show him some chords. It was the beginning of something wonderful.
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According to Larry, the most difficult part about being a touring musician is being on the road all the time. It can sometimes get lonely on the road, so it is important that a camaraderie is established among those traveling together. It is hard to put together a show so quickly in each venue because every venue is different. In fact, it can sometimes take 48 hours to put together a two-hour show. This is because there is the time traveling to and from the venues, rehearsal times, sound checks, setup, tear down, lighting rehearsal, and much more work that goes into each performance on the road. It can be extremely tiring. Furthermore, for Larry, traveling all the time means that he does not get to see his wife, three kids, and granddaughter as much as he would like. It also means there is little time for his hobbies, which include golfing, playing the piano for hours at home, walking, and visiting his kids. These are factors that all musicians need to understand and take into consideration before becoming a touring musician.
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Larry believes that all of his previous experiences have been tied together now that he is playing for The Texas Tenors. He noted that he found it interesting that two of the songs that led to their success on America's Got Talent included Alabama's Mountain Music and The Righteous Brothers' Unchained Melody, two groups that were major components of his life. He is looking forward to seeing where the future as a member of The Texas Tenors' band takes him. One of his biggest goals is to earn a Grammy in songwriting. As Larry put it, you have to make your own breaks in life. Never dream too high, and always be on a path and have established goals. You never know where your path may lead you, so enjoy the journey.