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by Larry Hooper

Folk. Bluegrass. Its somwhere in the middle of those 2. Its great song-writing with some incredible musicians backing him up.
Genre: Country: Country Folk
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1. Seawall
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2. Outwork the Sun
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3. Locomotive Man
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4. Background Music
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5. Rust
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6. Josephine
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7. Bloodlines
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8. Be my Wildside
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9. Your Disguise
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10. Lost
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11. Practice Placing Blame
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12. Corsicana
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Album Notes
Larry Hooper loves music. This is evident in the passion with which he talks about music, or by simply looking at his extensive music collection. What is also evident is that he loves songwriting and songwriters. Since graduating high school, Hooper has become part of a close-knit network of friends who share his passion for songwriting and his respect for those songwriters who paved the way for today’s songsmiths.
Growing up in the Piney Woods of East Texas, Hooper’s exposure to quality lyric-driven music was limited to the classic country station that often played on radios in the hardware stores and meat markets of his small town. It was not until he started spending time following his cousins’ bluegrass band, The Coleman Brothers and the Lone Star Boys, that his fascination for traditional and Americana music began to really take off. In high school, Hooper began to be exposed to songwriters such as John Prine, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt. After hearing these masters at their craft, Hooper decided that he wanted to immerse himself further into music. He got his first guitar, and soon after graduating from high school began playing open mics whenever he got a chance. He was often joined on stage by his older brother and sometimes co-writer Jeromy for harmonies and accompaniment, a pairing that can still be seen on occasion. It was at an open mic at the famed Saengerhalle in New Braunfels, Texas that Hooper really began to hone his skills as a songwriter and performer alongside such greats as Slaid Cleaves, Jeff Plankenhorn, Ray Wiley Hubbard, and Susan Gibson. From New Braunfels, Larry moved to College Station for a brief stint at Texas A&M University where he further increased his circle of musician friends by sharing the stage with artists such as Mike Ethan Messick, Gabe Wootten, and members of the newly-formed string band, The Sidehill Gougers. This network of artists accelerated his growth as a singer-songwriter and by the time he released his debut album Rust in 2006 he had crafted a collection of story-songs and character tunes that give a nod to his influences while creating a sound that is inarguably all his own. Bluegrass, blues, folk and country all mesh fluidly from the title tracks description of a town with a bleak future after the oil bust to the fan favorite “Background Music” which laments a singer-songwriter who doesn’t mind the apathy until he sees it in the one person that he is really singing to. Another highlight of the album is “Wild Side”, a duet with co-writer Susan Gibson that calls to mind classic parings like Prine and Dement. Through several years of solo and festival shows, Larry Hooper has impressed music fans of all ages and created great anticipation for a follow-up.
Though family obligations have caused Larry Hooper to scale back his touring schedule, he will no doubt return to bring well crafted, heartfelt music to anyone with the good sense to listen.


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Ray Weaver

A taste of the Texas Tradition of great song writing
It must be the water. Larry Hooper continues that great Texas tradition of scary-good songwriting that gave us folks like Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell and countless others. From the seawalls to the backroads to the cities, Larry knows his stories, and performs them honestly and well. This is real music, written and performed by a guy that is one Tim McGraw cover away from being thought of like his fellow Texan Bruce Robison...a writer that goes his way, and still manages to top the charts.


Larry Hooper finds a home among a great lineage of Texas songwriters
Near as anyone can tell, there are three different types of songwriters: Those that don’t got "it" and never will. Those that might have “it”, but it will take time to tell, and the few songwriters that just plain got “it”- the knack for spinning a story into tune with a turn of a phrase deft enough to catch the listeners attention, yet clear enough to convey the heart of the song.

Larry Hooper’s debut “Rust” will be mentioned with the latter and undoubtedly draw favorable comparisons to a long line of acoustic based Americana songwriters. The opening track, “Seawall” takes a page from the on-the-road metaphor, and serves as an excellent setup to a journey through days of labor “Outwork the Sun”, family struggle “Bloodlines”, relationships gone good “Be My Wild Side”, performing life “Background Music”. It’s readily apparent that Larry doesn’t have to mine deep for a story, rather, lyrics tend to rise and spark like cinders from a well stoked bonfire. It’s a unique gift at a young age, the ability to marry the grit of Steve Earle with the sharp wit of John Prine and deliver a set of songs unique enough to be unmistakably his own, culminating in a release which fires on all 12 cylinders, topped with a cast of supporting musicians that would make Doc Watson grin. Highly recommended. 4-1/2 stars


i think what mr hooper has done here is just amazing! i loved the cd from beginning to end!! background music was my gave me chills!

Scott Matthews

A notch above the rest
Hoop's album impressed me because the music scene in this area is starting to all sound the same in this new "Texas Country." I was excited for the album to come out because I have always viewed Hoop as doing the music his way, all the time.

I would definitely suggest buying this album, in fact I'd by two of them in case I lost or scratched one. I love the the country feel with the heavy bluegrassy and folky overtones. He'll have to come up with something great on his sophomore effort to out-do his "rookie year." Sogwriting galore.

Vince Cooper

Simply a great CD!
This album brought me back to a simpler time, much like when I was growing up. The music envoked in me memories and emotions I thought were long gone, and for a while carried me back to the hill country. I loved the irony in "Wild side", but the tragedy of "Background Music" made this a must have. Things like love, pain, regret - they're all really simple after all. I love how Hooper can convey those feelings without turning the effort into a psychological warp cruise. Sometimes you just hurt, and there's no explaining it away. This is really a slice right out of the heart, and I recommend it highly!

Mike Ethan Messick

Gold don't rust
This is a rootsy, wise, and funny collection of songs that always pleases but never panders. It'd be nice to see more Texas music go in this direction, but until it does feel free to bask in Hoop's uniqueness.

Matthew Caudle

Good stuff!
Well I'm like everyone else I thought that background music was probley the best track, but I think seawall was a good opener..... I also really enjoyed Bloodlines, Your Disguise, Corsicana ..... not to say I didn't like them all.
This has got to be the only cd I own I'll put in and listen to front to back.....