Newsletter Jan 12, 2010 "Larry’s Feb. 6 Concert/ Newsletter"
RELEASED: the new CD Close to Home is out, and available on my website at www.larrypottsmusic.com (paypal) Cdbaby, and Itunes.
Acoustic/folk with blends to Americana, Country, Pop, Jazz and Blues.
Credits to Kevin Harris, George Merrill, and Bruce Kurnow, producers and musicians on the album, and co-writers George, Scott O’Brien, and Kevin; kudos to additional instrumentalists and vocalists Gus Garelick, (Mandolin and Fiddle) Gary Grubb and John Morton (guitar) Charlie Moller (clarinet) Michael Whitwell (flugelhorn) and backing vocals by George, Kevin, and Hilary Merrill. Graphics by Roz Merrill and Wendy Barton, layout and mastering by Rainer Gembalczyk, Sienna Digital. And behind-the-scenes appreciations to hit songwriter and teacher Steve Seskin and our merry band of Club Shred.
“Close to Home” is available in Santa Rosa at the Last Record Store on Mendocino Ave., and at various spots in Petaluma, including Tuscan Gardens, Lombardi’s Deli, The Tea Room, Petaluma Coffee Company, Mike’s Barber Shop, Copperfield’s Books
--Also-- in the South Bay--
FEB. 19 FRIDAY MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING
True Wind Acoustic Friday presents
Laura Zucker, Larry Potts, and Mike Simpson
2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara
Doors: 7:00pm; Music 7:30 pm
--And Don’t Miss--
JAN 16 SATURDAY PETALUMA ART CENTER
Petaluma Folk Concert Series presents THIS WEEKEND:
STEVE SESKIN, DON HENRY AND CRAIG CAROTHERS
7pm--doors open 6:30pm
Petaluma Arts Center 230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
(East Washington Street at Lakeville--ample parking)
Beer, wine, and snacks available for purchase.
For advance tickets and info please call 707.781.3272
Co-sponsored by the Petlauma Arts Council
These guys are all published and hit songwriters, great singers with great songs, and…they are quickly becoming a legendary threesome…and hilarious!!
IN RETROSPECT: A DECADE OF SONGWRITING AND GRATITUDE
It’s been ten years since I began writing and recording original music, and the joy of songwriting has been an ongoing and passionate pursuit. As a nation, we've endured a pretty "bad patch" so to speak, a decade of upheaval and turmoil to be sure, but on the personal level, I think there’s much to be thankful for, amid the losses.
This decade has seen the passing of both Margaret’s mother (“The Story of Your Life” and my mother, who made it all the way to the century mark. And we’ve been blessed with the addition of brand new baby grandson Ian, whose star quality charm has captivated us all. Life moves on.
Four years ago, I left a 30-year teaching career, and I’ve continued to dedicate significant time to developing my craft as a singer-songwriter. Despite struggling with a life-threatening nerve disease back in 2000, later a bout with cancer, and two total knee replacements, this new-found music career has been an exhilarating ride, and I believe that, through these years, songwriting was a powerful healing force for me. (for a chuckle or two, see “Full Body Transplant” on my first album The Shape of Things to Come.) I’ve enjoyed the challenge of pulling together three projects, including 45 songs of recorded original music; won and placed in a few International song contests; and been invited to some well-known performance competitions, to my great surprise. I was even lucky enough to share soundtracks on two compilations: on one disc with Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Roseanne Cash and David Bowie, on the other with Sara Bareilles. But by far the most satisfying has been the association with the many wonderful people I’ve been fortunate to meet on this late-life musical path.
On the way, I’ve discovered a whole barnful of talented songwriters, musicians, mentors and teachers: some have become good friends and bandmates, including a few I’ve been fortunate to write and produce with. Others I’ve shared a stage or a billing with. I’d like to thank these amazing people who are a continued inspiration to me because of their extraordinary gifts and commitment to the task of songwriting, musicianship and/or the ongoing promotion of music. Songs move us, it seems, in powerful ways, as any songwriter or serious listener will attest: “She’s the Song” (Close to Home) says, “I guess there really is a muse in music”, a mysterious force, the way I see it, which moves and guides us on the path to better songs and greater human connection. Now and then to be invited into a circle of musicians (and hopefully not blow it too bad), to share in communities where there is encouragement and support, is a deep and lasting fulfillment I could never have guessed would come my way.
As a relative beginner, what I have also come to respect is the enormous amount of work it takes to even begin to create a career in music, and I'm in awe of those who over many years have approached their craft and performance skills with neverending determination and enthusiasm. I have so much to learn from these who have been able to work so hard to write their own success stories. Indie artists have noone to do it for them, and I see cultural treasures everywhere I look in the music world; singer-songwriters who fly under the radar of the hyped-up commercial media, but who have great songs to sing and captivating stories to tell.
Needless to say, I feel such deep gratitude for my family and friends who have put up with/supported me in my obsessive-compulsive songwriting disorder!
IN THE NEWS: an article about my history as a songwriter:
#1 A feature story titled “Prescription for Healing: Writing Songs” in Neighborhood Now by Barbara Arhon. Includes some details of my path as a songwriter and the albums I’ve completed, spotlights a song on the new album entitled “The Story of Your Life” about caring for a family member with memory loss. See Neighborhood Now article.