"Larson obviously has a lot on his mind, and he's able to express
it in literate, lyrical ways that require repeated listening."
-- Performing Songwriter
Jeff Larson San Francisco, CA based singer/songwriter. A veteran
of the bay area music scene who had performed locally and abroad over the
years playing the usual assortment of coffeehouse gigs, cafe's, festivals,
and as an opener for various acts. After a stint of three recordings
and tours with a small European label, DayFaze-Musicnet, in the mid-90s,
Larson focused mainly on recording projects in Los Angeles based studios
with a close circle of friends at the close of the decade.
From these sessions, a flurry of activity and a deal with JVC Japan resulted
in the release of several projects, including Fragile Sunrise (2002),
Sepia (2004), and Swimming in the Make Believe (2006) all
produced by Hank Linderman (America, Eagles). These releases contained an
elevated view of the past, present, and future of what is sometimes known
as the California sound. These releases also contained contributions
from some of the originators of that sound - Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell
of the band America, Timothy B Schmit (Eagles), Steuart Smith (Shawn Colvin,
Eagles), Jeff Foskett (Brian Wilson band) and Robert Lamm (Chicago). |
"Larson's melodies sparkle, rise, and fall, not a note wasted or a
phrase out of place A classic combination of sound and sensibilities,
and Larson gives it his own contemporary spin -- Wood & Steel
In 2006 a return to a more stripped down, acoustic based, singer/songwriter
project was sought which came to fruition in the 2006 EP Two Part Confessional.
From the release notes: There is no doubt a need was felt to try and
grow a new branch and since I had been tracking for five years non-stop,
I needed to carve out something different and start to grow in another genre.
I also felt the music needed a visual make-over so I enlisted bay area graphic
designer Jason Munn (Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, others) to help on that
end. Two Part was a project mostly originated in my home studio and
then beefed up in L.A. I needed to get away somewhat from the more
breezy cycle that I seemed to settle in with the JVC Japan releases so I
took the advance money and bought some (home) studio gear and was off.
In 2007, the album New Antiques, was released. This was a re-connect
to older songs, misfits and new material to further the direction
started with Two Part Confessional. Reviews have been strong in both U.S.
and UK in noted music publications such as Rock'n'Reel, Acoustic, Performing
Songwriter, CBS Watch Magazine, among others....
If there was any justice in this world, Jeff Larson would be a
radio constant. Never mind that members of Chicago and America are
among his cohorts, Larson does just fine on his own, thank you, via songs
imbued with richly textured arrangements and instantly embracing melodies.
As its title implies, New Antiques provides classic pop perfection with
echoes of an earlier era. 'From morning until noon, I hear a great
song,' he sings. So do we." CBS Watch Magazine, Dec
2007 (The Best Music Almost No Ones Ever Heard)
Writing and recording continues towards a new release in late 2008 with
live dates in support.