Larry Murante’s beautifully woven stories about every day folks, set to song combine compassionate, socially conscious lyrics and an upbeat, joyful, energetic folk/rock style. Jackson Brown, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum and Michael McDonald are all reflected in his music. Larry is known for his soaring, mellifluous, tenor, a strong rhythmic guitar style and an engaging stage presence. With his fourth CD release, Patch of Sky, has garnered critical acclaim and radio airplay from all over the country and parts of Europe. In the past 10 years, he has won no fewer than 18 awards in songwriting and performance competitions around the country, the most notable being the Grand Prize Winner of the international John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Larry also recently won the West Coast Songwriters Song Contest and the Great American Song Contest and was a two time finalist at the Kerrville Grassy Hill Newfolk Contest as well as a showcase artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Larry was also a showcase artist at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis and was thrice selected as a featured showcase artist at Far-West Regional Folk Alliance Conference. Larry tours nationally, performing at folk concerts, festivals, radio interviews and house concerts.
Larry plays a high energy mix of originals (from my four CD releases) and cover songs from Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, John Hiatt, Neil Young, Elton John, Cindy Lauper, Rod Stewart, Amos Lee, Van Morrison and many more. L performs about 130 shows a year and has performed at many house concerts, pubs, wine bars, restaurants, festivals, etc., all across the northwest and in several parts of the country.