Interview with Atlanta Blues Man – Larry Griffith

As a musician, Larry delivers the soul of sound and rhythm to the eternal child, like a universal ice cream man who knows your favorite flavor.  For me, it is his slow, sensual version of “The Personal Manager” by Albert King – a song that made Larry Griffith my best friend and greatest teacher.

 If this interview sounds less than technical, it is.  While Larry is a skilled musician, talented songwriter and a performer who will always be on time and ready to give his audience what they came for, he is, above all else, on a mission to show us our favorite flavor.  In very innocent ways, I have sat on Santa’s lap and tasted the sweetest ice cream this world has to offer.  Days later I found the gift.  It was a box containing something I didn’t think I’d ever receive – a personal manager whose name is Kim.

Larry once poignantly asked me:  “It’s really all about choices, isn’t it?”

I’m sitting outside Crystal’s on Marietta Square, waiting for Larry who has just recently returned from a tour of Canada with Big Bill Morganfield.  This is my first artist interview and I really have no clue how to get started, but I know this man as well as I know myself and I feel like everything is going to be fine.

KIM: So, how old were you when you first realized that you were going to be a musician?

LARRY: I guess I was in third grade and I thought, either I’m going to be a backup singer or a cab driver. Those were my two big ambitions because no one had validated me and told me whether I had any talent. Both of them were basically taking people on a ride, you know?

KIM: And you’re driving!

LARRY: Yeah, and that’s what music does. It takes you on a ride. My mother said, “I noticed you’re in front of the television all the time. Which instrument do you want?” I said, “I’d like a guitar.” So, she went to the pawn shop – we had an open account – and she said, “The guitar is too expensive. I can get you a microphone and drums or I can get you a guitar and no mic.” So, I said, “I’ll take the mic and the drums.” So, from Day One, I had a microphone. I got them from the B & B Loan Company for $80. My mother didn’t have a car and there were 10 of us in the family, so she got out of the cab and said, “Come get these things!”

KIM: You wanted to be heard!

LARRY: Yeah, but I had no idea that you needed an amplifier. I was like, “What’s wrong with this damn thing?” I keep singing into it, but I’m not any louder! You know, I thought you could just sing into it and all of a sudden it would magically amplify you. So to be heard above the drums, I had to sing really, really loud.  That’s how I learned to project, you know? Can’t be shy when you don’t have any amplification!

Read Full Interview.  By Kim Frazier, Gophertunes.com

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