Larry S


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As I can not send a note to you via this system, please write to me using the phonetic sounding of "Lawrence111 at hawt-mail dot calm".

I would first like to be a Mentor to younger folks seeking an experienced musician/businessman who would play in the band and give honest advice and direction. I try to "pay it forward".


I see myself comparable with several different scenarios:

- As an Old School "General Business" Guitarist/Bassist, I would be a good fit with steady, reliable, drug-free musicians who can "fake" without sheet music the styles referred to as Big Band Jazz, Latin, swing (examples below) and own a tuxedo (or if a lady, a ball-gown) in order to do semi-formal events.

- I would be happy to play in a duo (with harmonies), or as an alternate soloist (two musicians who alternate sets), where the styles called upon are 50's (Elvis, Dell Shannon, other "boy-singers", harmony groups - "In the Still Of The Night", one hit wonders), or 60's (Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Ventures, lots of instrumentals, one hit wonders). Finally ... "Season with Springsteen."

Max Weinberg, where are you??

I am musician (Vocalist/Bassist/Guitarist). I am not a bass player who plays guitar, nor am I a guitar player who plays bass. Rather I am a musician as outlined above who is well versed in a genuinely wide variety of music for most audiences:

- Elegant music from the 1940's Big Band Swing (In The Mood, Moonlight Serenade), Latin (cha cha, rhumba, bossa nova) in the style that used to be referred to as "General Business". (Mostly on bass)

- Vocalist from Frank Sinatra to Elvis, Beatles, Stones and Bruce Springsteen (as well as blues artists such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf).

I have been described as having "a good ear", and I expect others to as well.

Screen name:
Larry S
Member since:
Jun 10 2012
Active within 1 month
Level of commitment:
Moderately Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:


Influences? Start in the 1930s and move forward.

Only three genres of music are allowed to be checked off here. So, if I could, then I would select select Blues, Classic rock, Acoustic, R&B, Big Band, Jazz, Latin, Cover/Tribute (1960s especially), Reggae.

Instrument experience:

Acoustic Guitar:
Rhythm Guitar:
Vocalist - Baritone:
Bass Guitar:
Lead Guitar:


I have excellent guitar and bass equipment including two Fender basses (one an amplified "Dreadnaught" Electric/Acoustic for a reasonable replication of an Upright Bass sound, if desired), running through a Gallien-Krueger 400RB Bass Amp and/or a MesaBoogie amp head pushing two MojoTone custom cabinets (1X15 and 2X12) for a great 'Wall-Of-Sound" sound :). Also a kicking' "Leslie 60" (all original) Fender Strat/Fender ROLAND/Fender Tele, Ovation and Martin guitars, I have a PolyTone MiniBrute ("cube") that's good for a variety of smaller gigs including the studio, or can be lined-out through a PA or extension cabinet.

I don't have to use *everything* but I am pleased that I have access to a variety of sounds, depending upon the gig.

I also have excellent transportation (late model Jeep Wrangler, I can get to just about anywhere) to squeeze some of that stuff into.

"Have Tuxedo, Will Travel." (Or… I have more casual attire, including leather, cocktail-suitable-clothing, etc.)

To answer the question "How many gigs have you played?" please multiply an average of 3 engagements per weekend (mostly Wedding Receptions, Confirmation Parties, Corporate Events) by 13 years, which is what I did at my peak. Then add another 500 or so, and you'll have an idea. I've been playing since the early 1960's :)

As to "How many nights a week can you gig?" I'd prefer a couple of nights a week staying close to home (Wilkesboro, NC) but... I would discuss other opportunities depending upon how much travel is involved, how much assistance I'd have with moving equipment, and what the financial bottom line would be.