Folk ~ Freestyle Guitar ~ Progressive Roots Music
I’m a freestyle artist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. My musical style is what I call progressive roots music.
My musical heritage goes back four generations and maybe longer. I’ve crossed over several eras of music: Rockabilly~Folk~Jug Band~Blues~Psychedelic~String-band~Jazz Rock Fusion~New Age
I consider myself a pioneer of freestyle solo guitar (spontaneous composition) and shorty will have a book out called “Freestyle Guitar”.
My current objective is to compose and record scores for independent film makers. I still like to perform on occasions, mostly sitting in with bands in the area. Maybe I’ll see you around… thanks
Featuring Kalin Capra on Bass and Caleb Horne on Mandolin.
Last year I won 90 minutes of recording time at the Eau Claire Music School. Shawn Smetz is the owner and director who engineered the recording. Rather than shoot for perfection by doing multiple takes of the same song, I opted to use the time to record a jam session. With Kalin (my son) on bass, along with a very talented mandolin player, Caleb Horne.
We had never played together as a group and with only an hour to warm up, we just let the tapes roll (figuratively) and played music. I threw songs at these young guys that we never rehearsed, and they pulled it off pretty damn good. It was my pleasure to play with such fine talent.
The recordings were done just before Thanksgiving. So, I decided to just call the session “Turkey Tracks.” One of the tunes we did was and original instrumental called “Kickin’ the Dawg” — reminiscent of David Grisman’s ”Dawg Music.”
Kickin’ the Dawg
Winterbloom String Band
This was the Winterbloom String Band at a St. Patrick’s Day party in 1986. On
this particular night, the group consisted of Bruce O’Brien on banjo, Tom
McCausland on guitar, T (Moose)Nyhus on mandolin and myself, Larry Capra, on
hammer dulcimer. At that time, they were one of the first groups to introduce
Celtic music to northern Wisconsin. What they, may or may not have, lacked in
virtuosity, they made up for it with enthusiasm and fun.
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