Modern, yet timeless. If you had to sum up Larry g(EE)’s debut EP, “Weekends,” those three words would be a fine start. You can hear the echoes of classic Stax sides in the punchy horns of “Yo Mama” and feel the intense romanticism of vintage Motown singles in the piercing ballad “I’m Your Fool.” Yet, unlike so many musicians drawing inspiration from those fertile sources, Larry isn’t interested in meticulous recreation: “I’m anything but a pure traditionalist or revivalist,” he says. Indeed, in the era of Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, Larry g(EE) strives for something authentic and original, making a connection to eternal feelings through his music. Call it a proudly analog vision in a fully digital world.
The Dallas-based singer-songwriter first made waves and earned critical acclaim as the frontman of the rock band Odis, but felt the need for a creative rejuvenation, something far funkier and more soulful. In 2010, Larry struck out on his own, writing what would become “Weekends” over a summer in Brooklyn, and returning to Texas to collaborate with producer Beau Bedford (whose credits include work with the Apache 5, Dovetail and Kirby Brown).
“Weekends” showcases a strutting blend of funk, silky soul and smart pop melodies that become irresistibly lodged in your brain. Critics have called Larry’s music “finger-licking … enlivened soul music” (Pegasus News) and dared listeners “to find a single thing to hate” (Under the Gun). Larry has showcased his unique, intoxicating sound on stages from Los Angeles to New York City, with stops at South by Southwest, a stint on the Vans Warped Tour and high-profile slots opening for an array of national artists, including P.Diddy, Bootsy Collins, Ghostland Observatory, Linda Perry, Clairy Browne & the Bangin Rackettes, and Skyler Grey. He most recently made his national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Quite simply, “Weekends” heralds the arrival of a phenomenal talent, gearing up for a dynamic, exciting and artistically satisfying career, one as great and indelible as the artists he admires. The EP “Weekends” will give listeners a jolt – a burst of life-affirming, beautifully rendered music that evokes the past, even as it is firmly rooted in the present.
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Larry g(EE) Shares His Secret To Instant Fashion
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Dallas-based musician Larry g(EE) is soaking up the spotlight with high-energy appearances on Jimmy ...Dallas-based musician Larry g(EE) is soaking up the spotlight with high-energy appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and at famed Texas festivals like South By Southwest and Austin City Limits. Coupled with a recent GQ Magazine nod for his sartorial style, the soul singer-songwriter is undeniably hot right now.
Today, g(EE) confesses an obsession to DFW Style Daily that leaves him star struck. Taking a break from prepping for his upcoming show with Tim Halperin and the Boom Bachs at Big D’s GrowSouth Jams in October, he fills us in on the digital drama behind his current fashionable media fixation. Click here to read more Obsession Confessions!
Divine Fits, Larry g(EE), The Burning Hotels and others announced as first round of performers at HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival
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The first round of HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival performers were announced today and already the...The first round of HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival performers were announced today and already the schedule is scorching. Here’s the line-up so far:
Divine Fits: A Texas supergroup, of sorts, fronted by Galveston-born, Temple-raised Britt Daniel of Austin rockers Spoon. The indie rock outfit also features Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks and Alex Fischel. The Divine Fits debut CD, 2012's A Thing Called Divine Fits, turned out to be nifty mixture of indie, synthesized, arty and alt-ish rock that grabs you on first listen.
Larry g(EE): He needs no further introductions. The Dallas big band R&B-funk dynamo is all that onstage. His commanding presence, his vibrant showmanship and the excellence of his nine-piece band (with horns and percussion, baby!) punctuate his kicking songs such as “Yo Mama,” “I’m Your Fool,” “Camera Phone” and “Game,” all from his way-too-short 2011 EP, Weekends.
The inimitable Larry g(EE) will funk it up at this year's HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival. (Charlie L. Harper III/Special Contributor )
The Burning Hotels: Fort Worth duo of Chance Morgan and Matt Mooty bring a vintage new wave style to their brand of synthesized pop-dance, which has been dubbed “sex wave” by KDGE-FM’s Mark Schectman. The pair are heavily influenced by Depeche Mode, the Cure, the Clash and a few others. They released a 2011 self-titled LP and another in 2010 titled Novels.
J. Charles & the Trainrobbers: So what would happen if Johnny Cash would go toe-to-toe with the Clash? Or if Lefty Frizzell would spar with Black Flag? Dallas’ country-punk band J. Charles & the Trainrobbers, that’s what. Take a listen to the group’s debut CD, Upon Leaving, and you’ll hear exactly what I mean. Check out my piece on the band, which I wrote last year, here.
Madison King: Dallas’ blues, pop and rock band fronted by guitarist and vocalist Madison King and including bassist Jeff Dyer, lead guitarist Brent Engel and drummer John Solis.
Zhora: Dallas-based pop-electronic band formed in April 2011 and boasting the talents of vocalist Taylor Rea, drummer Ross Martinez and synthesizer wizard Taylor Cleveland.
Quiet Company: Austin’s power-pop-meets-indie-rock quintet includes members Thomas Blank, Taylor Muse, Matt Parmenter, Cody Ackors and Jef Weathers.
That’s it, so far. More bands are scheduled to be announced April 2. The fourth annual HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival takes place May 11 at Main Street Garden Park. For all the details check out my blog post on the festival’s initial announcement here. And stay tuned for more news.
SXSW: Dallas’ Larry g(EE) gets upstaged by Diddy during truncated set at Emo’s
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By Mario Tarradell AUSTIN – The nine-piece band kicked it into soulful gear. The brass was blazin...By Mario Tarradell
AUSTIN – The nine-piece band kicked it into soulful gear. The brass was blazing. The drums and congas were pounding. The keyboards, guitar and bass were mixing. Dallas’ Larry g(EE) was at the microphone pumping the crowd with the big band R&B magic. Saturday evening at Emo’s was going to be all about the hearty, old-school funk groove.
He was on from the get-go, though, and got his chance to finish the set later. (Charlie L. Harper III/Special Contributor)
He opened with “Game,” one of the slamming tracks from 2011's EP Weekends. I was digging Beau Bedford, Larry’s record producer on keyboards. The band was tight. Next up an unrecorded song, “Oh BB,” that whet my appetite for more. I was ready to hear “Yo Mama,” “I’m Your Fool,” “Camera Phone” and whatever else Larry wanted to throw at me.
But without warning, in complete abrupt mode, Larry bid the crowd adieu. What? Huh? Why? Blame Diddy. You see, Larry and his rhythmic entourage were performing as part of the R2RLive showcase hosted by lofty rapper Diddy. Diddy’s star attraction was Skylar Grey, the singer-songwriter who worked with him on the 2010 Diddy Dirty Money single “Coming Home.” Diddy wanted to introduce her – now – so that he could leave. That meant Larry and company had to stop the set two songs in.
I had another show to catch immediately following Larry’s concert so I couldn’t stick around. But Larry’s Dallas-based publicist Amber LaFrance told me that about an hour later Larry and the big band got the chance to get back on the platform and continue what was interrupted. Sigh. Sorry I couldn’t see that. One learns after covering so many SXSW music festivals that nothing ever goes as planned.
UTG LIST: 5 Must-See Artists At SXSW 2013
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Every year we do whatever we can to bring the craziness of SXSW to you at home, and this year is no ...Every year we do whatever we can to bring the craziness of SXSW to you at home, and this year is no different. Starting today, Editor James Shotwell is hitting the streets of Austin, TX to bring you the very best South By Southwest 2013 has to offer. We will be posting numerous updates and media from the festival throughout the week on the site, but you gain constant access to all the madness by following James on Twitter.
We already told you a bit about how to survive at SXSW, so today I am going to share with you five artists you need to watch this week if at all possible. If you’re reading this from somewhere other than Austin, you may be able to see some of these performers online through live streaming events, but if not you can always learn about the artists and groups by hopping on YouTube and doing a bit of research.
If you read our list and feel we missed someone you think we should cover this week, comment below and let us know! There are over 1500 artists performing in the coming week and I would never claim to know every great name worth seeing. These artists, however, are guaranteed to entertain (not to mention become huge in the months ahead) just about everyone who is truly passionate about up and coming talent.
1. Larry g(EE)
Coming off a successful run on Van’s Warped Tour last year, Texas native Larry g(EE) spent the last half of 2012 working on new material and refining his modern twist on soul music. Larry returns to SXSW this year with new material, not to mention more energy than ever before, and he’s sure to make anyone in attendance desire to dance. His music is pure rock meets funk and soul, with just enough pop sprinkled on top to grab you with a single line.
Big band R&B isn’t dead, it’s alive and healthy in Dallas' Larry g(EE)
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Larry g(EE) is timeless. He’s got a perennially youthful gleam in his eyes. He relishes the music he...Larry g(EE) is timeless. He’s got a perennially youthful gleam in his eyes. He relishes the music he makes, a vintage yet thoroughly modern, big-band brand of R&B that readily appeals to all ages. He is a singer-songwriter with a soulful heart.
“There are certain things in music that are meant to be preserved,” says the man born Larry Gayao 37 years ago in Abilene. “Bring it back … funk and a groove. Being onstage is the ultimate for me.”
His music defines who he is. But he endured five years as the lead singer for now-defunct local rock group Odis to get here. He calls his experience with Odis rewarding, but he never felt he truly belonged in that mold. He just wasn’t a rocker. In 2010, he had his epiphany during a soul-searching summer in Brooklyn where Larry Gayao was reborn as Larry g(EE). His true identity emerged in the four songs that would fill his 2011 EP Weekends.
Larry, who is of Filipino descent, does not use his birth name professionally. It was his brother’s idea to stylize that first initial as g(EE) to differentiate himself from pop saxophonist Kenny G. Weekends, featuring songs co-written and produced by Beau Bedford, is an explosion of rhythms, horns, keyboards, guitars, basses, drums and Larry’s passionate vocals. When he performs live, he usually has a 10-piece band backing him up.
“I wanted it to be big, a nod to the old but where R&B should be going,” he said while sitting on the couch of Dallas’ Modern Electric Sound Recorders. “Visually we have an eclectic look. When the show begins it becomes one. When the crowd drinks the Kool-Aid they will get it.”
Larry has certainly gotten an incredible amount of mileage out of only four songs. He’s got a batch of about 15 more originals that still need to be recorded, but Weekends has made a lasting impression. He made his television debut last month on Los Angeles’ Jimmy Kimmel Live performing “Yo Mama,” the lead track from Weekends, backed by nine musicians. It was an R&B party on the small screen.
“I woke up the day after the show feeling emotional,” he says of the Jimmy Kimmel Live experience. “It wasn’t the icing on the cake, but it was a huge step. It was the ‘I told you so’ moment. I knew what I was doing.”
There are no doubts that he is home. Larry, who lives in Dallas, immediately rattles off Sly & the Family Stone, Rufus & Chaka Khan, the Beatles’ Let It Be and Abbey Road, and the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds as influences. He grew up on gospel, Stax Records, Shuggie Otis. This soul sound is running through his arteries.
“We needed horns, we needed background vocals,” says producer Bedford. “It is all real instruments and it is real people playing. The biggest thing is serving the song and serving Larry as an artist. We kept trying to find a home base for his voice.”
The future of that voice holds a lot of promise. The Jimmy Kimmel Live performance sparked interest from national booking agencies. It put Larry in front of industry bigwigs that wouldn’t have otherwise seen him perform live. He plans on recording a full-length album toward the end of this year for release in 2014. He’s ready for more, but doesn’t want to rush the creative process. There are no shortcuts with real rhythm & blues.
“Music is only as powerful as what you put into it,” he says. “We are doing something organic so that it doesn’t disappear tomorrow.”
Weekends In The City.
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By Pete Freedman The scene wasn't quite that of a homecoming at the Prophet Bar on Saturday nigh...By Pete Freedman
The scene wasn't quite that of a homecoming at the Prophet Bar on Saturday night -- no, Larry g(EE) and Co. haven't performed much in the past month, but they have been in town -- but things still felt celebratory nonetheless. And rightfully so: This soul-focused bill also featuring Austin's Soul Track Mind served as Larry g(EE)'s first hometown performance since bringing the house down on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last month.
And, just as they had in front of a national television audience on Monday, December 10, g(EE) and his band of merry soul pranksters again impressed at this affair, once again proving themselves an infectious and enjoyable outfit as they ran through the a set that mixed songs from their Weekends EP with new and older--but-still-not-yet-released cuts. There were guests aplenty, too: rapper Leon The Professional, singer-songwriter Kirby Brown (vacationing back in his hometown since leaving Dallas for New York a couple months ago) and members of rap outfit The Weekend Hustler were among the guests g(EE) welcomed alongside his band onstage.
Soul music, like soul food, is a comforting thing when done right. And throughout the night -- from Soul Track Mind's set, which both original material and faithful covers of soul standards, to g(EE) and his band's offering of some updated takes on the genre -- this affair indeed comforted.
Very much so.
Watch This: Larry g(EE) on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
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By Preston Jones Posted 10:25am on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 Tuesday, Dec. 11, ...By Preston Jones
Posted 10:25am on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012
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In case you weren't glued to your TV last night a little before midnight, Dallas singer-songwriter Larry g(EE) made his national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, thanks to the continued support of OurStage.com (an online entity which also helped g(EE) land on this year's Vans Warped Tour).
He brought along his scorching single Yo Mama, and if he was nervous, it doesn't show. He's not the only North Texan on Kimmel this week: Sarah Jaffe will also grace the show's stage tonight, performing Mannequin Woman from her latest LP, The Body Wins.
Larry g(EE) and Sarah Jaffe Dominate Jimmy Kimmel Live! This Week
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We in North Texas know how amazing our local music scene is and, as of late, Jimmy Kimmel too has ta...We in North Texas know how amazing our local music scene is and, as of late, Jimmy Kimmel too has taken notice. Tune in to Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night at 11 p.m. to see Dallas Larry G(ee) perform their hit “Yo Mamma.” But that’s not all. Sarah Jaffe will be rocking out Tuesday night, same time.
Check out an article I collaborated on for PegasusNews for more info on both bands. If you miss the live performances, check back with dfDubReport Tuesday and Wednesday, as we’ll be publishing the videos. And I’d say that’s two in the win column for local music!
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By Pete Freedman As promised, local crooner Larry Gayao and his backing band made their national ...By Pete Freedman
As promised, local crooner Larry Gayao and his backing band made their national television debut last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing the songs "Yo Mama" and "Camera Phone" for the in-studio audience.
Gotta say, we're pretty proud of the dude. To think, just a few months back, he was playing our Yacht Rock party at Dada.
Anyway, check out both performances below. Then remember to tune back into Kimmel tonight as the ABC late night host's informal Dallas music mania week continues with a performance from Sarah Jaffe.
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By Pete Freedman Your late-night TV schedule has already been jam-packed with local musicians of ...By Pete Freedman
Your late-night TV schedule has already been jam-packed with local musicians of late -- but a new announcement now makes that landscape even more cluttered.
Late last night, local pop soul crooner Larry g(EE) announced that, after having won a user-voted competition on OurStage.com, his band has been selected to perform on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show on Monday, December 10.
Interestingly, this means that Kimmel will be playing host to Dallas-based musicians on back-to-back nights of his show next week, as local indie folk pop darling Sarah Jaffe has long been confirmed to be performing on the show on Tuesday, December 11.
Also of note: Earlier this week, you may recall, The Polyphonic Spree played Leno. So that's three local performers on the late-night circuit in the span of a nine-day period. Not bad.
Here's the big questions at this point: Will Sundown at Granada now be hosting a watching party for Larry g(EE)'s Monday night performance, just as they plan to do for Jaffe on Tuesday? Only time will tell, I guess.
D-FW's Sarah Jaffe and Larry g(EE) perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday and Tuesday
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By TINEY RICCIARDI, BRENNA RUSHING TINEY RICCIARDI, BRENNA RUSHING The Dallas Morning News Pegas...By TINEY RICCIARDI, BRENNA RUSHING
TINEY RICCIARDI, BRENNA RUSHING The Dallas Morning News
Published: 07 December 2012 01:48 PM
Photos: Sarah Jaffe and the Triple Play perform at Dallas City Performance Hall
See local artist Sarah Jaffe through the years
Sarah Jaffe and the Triple Play brilliantly break in new Dallas City Performance Hall with robust concerts
Many North Texas residents boast of the great local music scene in DFW, and Jimmy Kimmel's camp seems to have taken notice. Tune in on Monday and Tuesday night to see Dallas’ Larry g(EE) and Denton’s Sarah Jaffe perform onJimmy Kimmel Live at 11 p.m.
Monday on Kimmel: Larry g(EE) is a local funk collective named for its front man, whose Elvis-like swagger and inherent charisma bring out the dancing fool in every listener. Larry g(EE) emphatically writes a sultry '70s saga over a whirlwind of saxophone, trumpet, electric guitar, and keys. His backup vocalists fill in the gaps with high-pitched melodies, and when all pieces come together, the end result is like a big band Soul Train, complete with hair whipping and booty bouncing.
Though Larry g(EE) released just one EP (Weekends, 2011), the band has made a name at festivals like SXSW and Homegrown. The band is continually pushing the boundaries of a classic style in a modern way and maintaining an ever-growing fan base along the way. As one of Dallas’ up and coming, the Jimmy Kimmel performance couldn’t come at a better time. For those who will be witnessing Larry g(EE) for the first time Monday on television, you'll see what the funk is all about.
Tuesday on Kimmel: Sarah Jaffe, one of Dallas’ best-known singer-songwriters, will most likely be performing tracks from her newest record, The Body Wins, on Kimmel. Her style has shifted since her debut full-lengthSuburban Nature, stepping away from whispered, acoustically-driven tracks into the bigger shoes of blues-inspired, orchestral melodies.
If you want to want to watch the performance with other local music fans, head to Sundown at Granada Tuesday night, where they will be hosting a viewing party.
North Texas' Top 5 Albums of 2012
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Larry g(EE) - Weekends by Jessica Harp, Brenna Rushing With as much soul as a gospel choir on S...Larry g(EE) - Weekends
by Jessica Harp, Brenna Rushing
With as much soul as a gospel choir on Sunday morning, Larry g(EE) swoons his way through his debut EP Weekends with doo-wop gusto. Even though Weekends came out in December of 2011, we had to add it to this year’s list because it was just too good to miss. The singer is paired with a 10+ member band, including a spirited horn section that gives the record the full-body taste soul music demands. He just made headlines for an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live that will undoubtedly expand his fanbase. His swag and infectious attitude show that this 4-track EP is just the beginning.
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Gee Wiz. After Simmering Through The Warped Tour, Larry g(EE) Comes Home. By Pete on Thursday Au...
After Simmering Through The Warped Tour, Larry g(EE) Comes Home.
By Pete on Thursday August 9 2012 at 4:12 PM
Earlier this summer, there came a little bit of a surprise out of the Larry g(EE) camp.
Seemingly out of nowhere, the area soul-funk outfit from the minds of vocalist Larry Gayao (formerly of Odis) and producer Beau Bedford (formerly of Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights) announced that they had won a contest to tour as part of the Warped Tour.
Immediately, it seemed like an odd pairing.
And there were plenty of questions.
How would the soul-funk of Larry g(EE) fit in amongst the largely emo, screamo and punk offerings of the Warped Tour? And how would this outfit, which had traveled previously from Dallas to such locales as New York, New Orleans and Nashville for one-off gigs but never really toured, handle the grueling schedule?
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Interview with Larry Gee at Warped Tour
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I had the great pleasure of meeting and speaking with a very unique band from Dallas, Texas called “...I had the great pleasure of meeting and speaking with a very unique band from Dallas, Texas called “Larry G(ee)” in Noblesville, Indiana at the Warped Tour. I had not heard of this band prior to Warped Tour and was lucky enough to meet them in the press trailer. These guys are some of the nicest people I have met, they have a strong passion about what they do, and they love to talk to fans. I got to speak with Larry and Beau and here is how that conversation went.
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Josh: Hey guys, how’s it going? Obviously I don’t know much about you guys, so tell me a little about yourself.
Larry: We are based out of Dallas, Texas. We are a soul-funk band, along the lines of Sly And The Family Stone, Otis Redding, and Curtis Mayfield. Really funk, like homegrown stank, it’s really just a good fun time.
Larry G(ee) at the Noblesville, Indiana stop of the Warped Tour
Larry G(ee) at the Noblesville, Indiana stop of the Warped Tour
Yo Mama by Larry G(ee)
Video: Yo Mama by Larry G(ee)
Josh: Awesome, so it sounds like you guys are really just about fun and enjoying the music and not the commercialization of it.
Larry: No not at all. I mean as you can tell, from the beginning he (pointing over to Beau) always told me “You be you”.
Beau: (Laughs) He’s preaching, I’m leading the choir.
Larry: It has seriously been one of the best experiences ever.
Josh: Definitely, any time something comes that organically it has awesome results. How long have you guys been on the Warped Tour?
Larry: We have been on the tour since July the 6th in Detroit, Michigan. We won a competition through OurStage.com we were chosen to go on 22 dates. We have never done anything like this.
Josh: What kind of reactions have you guys been getting so far?
Beau: It’s been incredible. We are such an outliner on the tour and the stuff we do is easy to listen to and it’s really infectious. It is so different, I mean we have horns on stage, an organ, background vocals, and you don’t really find that in any of these bands. We have a lot of people stopping and checking us out, and we have made a lot of new fans already.
Larry: And we have made a lot of new friends in bands that heard about us from kids at the shows.
Beau: A lot of the metal-core bands. (Laughs)
Josh: They are use to being the outsiders so I’m not really surprised with that.
Beau: Yeah and they are like some of the most incredible musicians.
Larry: And I come from a blues background and they get that, and like understand it. It’s just cool to see our worlds collide.
Josh: So with the tour so far, like you said you’ve never been on it or anything like it really, how hard has it been for you guys?
Beau: We have long workdays, like 12 and 13-hour workdays, but we get to travel the country in a bus. And like the stage is getting set up for us everyday and things like that so there are a lot of perks to it. This could be really difficult but we just have to suffer through some heat every once and awhile.
Larry: And I’ve been a part of projects where like everyone started to hate each other and this would be really hard if it ever got to be like that.
Beau: This is like 30 days of South By Southwest.
Josh: That was actually going to be one of my questions. Being from that area have you gotten to perform on SXSW?
Beau: Oh yeah, we’ve done SXSW.
Larry: We actually opened up SXSW and did a show at ACL live.
Josh: So on this 4 track EP that you’ve got here, obviously you are selling it everyday. How much are these going for?
Beau: 5 bucks or whatever you have in your pocket.
Larry: We just want to get the music out there.
Beau: I mean if we weren’t getting music out there then what’s the point. We are just trying to meet new people and new friends and fans.
Josh: What stage are you guys playing on for this tour?
Larry: You can find us on the OurStage.com stage. It gets confusing cause some people are just like “They are playing on our stage” so I make sure that I throw out the .com stage.
Josh: Awesome. For the people that don’t know much or anything about you guys what do you want to tell them that is going to bring them out to check you out and see your sets?
Beau: I would say …(Pauses) Oh man what a simple and great question but I am so dumbfounded by it. We love what we are doing and we are super passionate about it and it comes through in our stage show.
Larry: We are all about having a good time, and the message is all-positive. It is all about the party for us.
Josh: Awesome, thanks a lot guys.
Larry: Thank you for taking the time.
Interview | Larry g(EE) | Warped Tour
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July 29, 2012 By: Megan Washington & Callie Rawls Video Interview: CLICK HERE To purchase Weekend...July 29, 2012
By: Megan Washington & Callie Rawls
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Warped Tour offers a vast array of musical talents each year as it stops in cities throughout the US and Canada. This year, fans were able to find music from Larry g(EE)–something that’s completely different and unique to Warped-goers. The band radiates fun during their performance and we recommend that you check them out. Who else did you see out there this summer that performed covers from Genuine and Frank Sinatra?!
You guys have been on Warped Tour since July 6th. Were you doing anything prior to that to prevent you from playing the whole tour?
Larry: We were actually–the whole reason we got on Warped Tour was through OurStage.com where we were chosen out of 1,600 artists and would go for twenty-two dates. It started July 6th in Detroit, Michigan, we’re here in beautiful St. Petersburg, and we’ll be on it until the 31st in Cincinnati, Ohio. So, it’s been one heck of a ride.
Are you guys from Detroit?
Larry: We’re actually from Dallas, Texas.
Gotcha. Tell me about your current release.
Larry: Our release that we just finished was in December of this past year, and it’s a four song EP. We’re really excited about the response that it’s gotten and for us to be on the Warped Tour and we feel good.
That’s awesome. As far as dynamics go, do you guys like performing outside more or do you like being inside with all of the fancy lights?
Beau: We don’t really care. I mean, we’re happy to be playing a show. We just love what we’re doing so it actually doesn’t really matter where we’re doing it. Just the fact that we’re doing it is like, I mean, it’s the biggest kicker for us. Like, we get to play soul music for a living? Are you kidding me? That’s like the best. That’s the best.
Have you guys gotten to write any new material while on tour?
Beau: It’s impossible to write when you’re on the road.
When you’re having fun.
Beau: Well, we’re trying to have as much fun. Warped Tour is a grind. Everyday up at 7-8AM in the morning.
Larry: It’s work.
Beau: You work til 9-10PM at night. So, it’s tough to stop and try to write a song.
Larry: We work hard every day except for today, when we’re in St. Petersburg. We told ourselves we were going to take the day off. We didn’t set up the tent to sell merch.
Are you going to that nice little beach over there?
Larry: We are going to go out over there and lay out.
What is the most random thing that people would be able to find in your bus or van, right now?
Larry: That’s a good question.
Beau: I think our bus is pretty dis-interesting. I’m trying to think–I’m sure we have some kind of crazy whatever.
Larry: I think it’s the blow up doll in the back of the bus.
Does she have a name?
Larry: If she does, I don’t know. I try to stay out of it.
Beau: We have a little voodoo kitty. We took it on a barter at our merch table. We traded a CD for a voodoo kitty. That’s a pretty odd thing that we have. We don’t practice voodoo. We haven’t tried to harm anyone.
Okay, last question. People can tell you all they want about what your music means to them, but what does your music mean to you?
Beau: It’s an expression of joy and our love for it. We’re getting up on stage with a big smile on our faces. We want to convey that joy with soul music, with funk music; that party, that celebration of life. We want to portray that in our music every single time we get up on stage. I don’t know, what do you want to add to that?
Larry: You took the words right out of my mouth.
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Interview: Larry g(EE) | Warped Tour
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Infectious Magazine had the pleasure of sitting down with Larry and Beau of the Larry g(EE) band at ...Infectious Magazine had the pleasure of sitting down with Larry and Beau of the Larry g(EE) band at the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. Enticingly original music, combined with the humbling, passionate personalities of these two made for one incredible interview. Check it out below and support the band by checking them out on their official website, Facebook and the all their social networks.
IM: What do you feel that, both on a personal as well as a band level you bring to the industry?
Beau: Well I met Larry a number of years ago, but my very first thing when we started working on this project together, Larry has a voice that is like the premier, American, iconic voice. Something that everybody can listen to, it’s like a tone that comes out that speaks to everyone, so as far as what we bring to the industry I think that what Larry is doing vocally is really next level. What I’m trying to do is put some great music behind it that gets people moving around and dancing.
Larry: Just good songs. You know, I think feel good music, that’s what we aim to do, for the most part.
Beau: No, he’s really, really good. He has the kindest heart, he is the most amazing singer in the world, but seriously, you’ll hear it on the record. The only thing we put out is a 4 song EP called Weekends and we tracked it in 1 day. Larry showed up at the end of the day and in 1 take went through every song so what you’re hearing is his first take through it and it’s mind blowing. It really is, it’s completely mind altering to hear what he does vocally.
IM: [To Larry] That’s quite a bit of support you’ve got there.
Larry: It’s amazing.
Beau: Well, I believe it. I think the thing for me too is I had a hard time trusting people, song writing wise and he was the first person that I was like, I’m going to co song write with. I went to the studio and his ideas, you know, he took the music that I had and just brought it to this level and was like, we need to work together. And that’s kind of where we’re at right now, so.
Larry: 6 months later we’re at Warped Tour.
IM: Amazing right?!
Beau: Yeah it happens quick when it’s right.
IM: Now what have you learned from touring with some of the other bands on this tour?
Larry: One thing that someone told me was that you have to have a gimmick on stage. And I was like why and he was like because no one knows who you are. Not that we did this on purpose or anything, but Beau, he usually wears a dashiki on stage so I was like you need to pull the dashiki out and he did. And it really brought kind of attention for people to come out the stage. The other thing was be ready to do anything, have no preferences, just go with the flow and some days, you know, you go without showering.
IM: I keep hearing that.
Larry: I took a shower outside in the rain yesterday just because I was like, well I haven’t showered in 2 days, I need a shower so.
IM: Water is water, right?
Beau: Water is water, yes. Sorry, I just said that, but I mean it was fun.
Larry: No, you’re good.
IM: What is your first musical memory growing up?
Larry: I think my uncle used to sit us out, listen to albums when I was younger and I think listening to some Curtis Mayfield and Sly and the Family Stone, I was young, I had no idea but I was really drawn to it immediately. You know, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, but really Curtis Mayfield and Otis Redding was one of those good influences for me. I mean, I’ve been listening to soul ever since.
Beau: My first one was my parents had these little mixed tapes from the Shell gas station that they would make these classic songs. It was the first time I ever heard Elvis Presley and it’s always stuck with me but “Hound Dog” was the most amazing musical moments captured ever. I mean to me it’s still, “I ain’t nothing but a hound dog”, it’s the most mind blowing thing, it’s so rock n roll. And all he had was drums, and upright bass, piano and a clean electric guitar and it’s the most intense thing. And I knew from that moment on, I was like okay, this is what I want to do. I want to do music.
IM: That’s a great story. I like that.
Beau: Thank you Shell gas station.
IM: Yeah, write a little promo for Shell there.
Larry: So if you want to sponsor, Shell…
IM: What makes your set one of the best at Warped Tour?
Beau: We stand out and we’re completely unlike every other group here. We don’t have a guitar on stage, we sometimes play it on one song but we have an organ, we have horns, we have lots of background vocals and we’re a soul funk band from Texas.
Larry: With no apologies. We just go for it.
Beau: It doesn’t even make sense.
IM: That’s what makes it work, right?
Beau: Yeah, that’s why we feel very privileged to be here. We know we’re a complete out wire on the tour. We’re an unknown band and we’re playing music that none of these kids listen to yet we’re very fortunate in that Warped Tour likes that. They like having the odd ball there. And these kids, I hope we’re getting to show them some really new things and expose them to some new kinds of music. Because they’re already loving all these great bands and we just have a different heritage and it’s great to get to share that with them.
IM: If you could give yourself, 10 years ago, any piece of advice, what would it be?
Beau (sings): I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger. 10 years ago?
Larry: 10 years ago.
Beau: You know, Larry and I, I think we’re, I mean, I hope this isn’t too personally revealing, I’ll do it for myself. Let me say just me, I’ve been a people pleaser my whole life and it wasn’t until about 2-3 years ago that I really started truly believing in myself and other people and it opened up the doors. Nobody is ever going to believe in you unless you really believe in what you’re doing and your value. And so that was kind of the biggest thing was figuring that out and keeping the open mind, with that mentality. Just being really honest with your yes and your no.
Larry: Saying I do. No, I’m just kidding, that’s a little too personal. Yeah, whatever he said.
Beau: Haha, no, we’re very similar.
Larry: We’ve been like the nice guys in the band.
Beau: Yeah we have been.
IM: That’s not a bad thing.
Beau: Me very much so. Like I said, he came to me with so much confidence of like, ‘I believe you can do this’, that he brought me to kind of bring out some of the songs that I wrote and took those songs and we really created something I think is really special. You know, it was just an EP and for us to get on air is really great. You know, we entered this contest with Ourstage.com and out of 1600 bands entered they gave us the top national act spot so July 6th we started in Detroit and we’ve just been trucking along, learning the ropes.
Beau and Larry: Thanks.
IM: And then lastly, is there anything else you’d like to add?
Larry: Check out the website, www.larry-gee.com
IM: Thank you very much.
Larry g(EE) To Join OurStage On The 2012 Vans Warped Tour
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This summer, we’re leaving the office life in favor of a bitchin’ tour bus and some much needed rock...This summer, we’re leaving the office life in favor of a bitchin’ tour bus and some much needed rock ‘n’ roll. OurStage is hitting twenty-two stops on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour, and we’re taking one lucky act along for the ride: Larry g(EE). The Dallas native beat out over 1500 other acts with “Yo Mama” for the ultimate Warped Tour experience. He’ll perform all stops on the tour—riding in style to each destination in a custom tour bus and chronicling the experience for all to see on OurStage.com/warped. For more from Larry g(EE), check out his OurStage profile. We’ll see you on the road, friends.
Larry Gee wins slot on this year's Warped Tour
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By Preston Jones Posted 5:16pm on Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2012 Larry Gee's summer just got a lot...
By Preston Jones
Posted 5:16pm on Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2012
Larry Gee's summer just got a lot more hectic. It was announced today that the former front-man for Odis won the Ourstage.com Warped National competition, and his prize is a spot on 22 dates during this year's Warped Tour. On the strength of his insanely catchy Yo Mama, Gee will perform on the OurStage.com Stage (paging the Department of Redundancy Department) starting July 6 in Michigan, and wrapping up July 31 in Cincinnati (the Warped Tour hits Dallas on July 3).
According to OurStage.com, over 1,600 musicians vied for the slot, with more than 112,000 "battle rounds" used to determine the eventual winner. My favorite detail from the press release? "He will be living like a major artist on tour, traveling from city to city in a private tour bus provided by OurStage." I've reached out to the singer-songwriter and will update when I hear from him.
UPDATE: Just heard back from the man born Larry Gayao, who says he's "really excited" about his impending cross-country jaunt.
"I realize we're nothing like any of the bands playing [Warped Tour], but in a way, I'm kind of glad we aren't," he says via email. "Regardless, I feel like it's a great opportunity I can't pass up. I did the whole touring thing in a van before, so to do a whole month of touring in a bus is something I'm really looking forward to. Plus, just being able to perform every day in a different city -- I mean, that's all I want to do.
"I'm really excited and still kind of surprised about the whole thing. I joined OurStage some time last year and randomly entered the competition a few months ago. When I got the call about it, I thought it was a joke, but when I realized it was real -- that's when the excitement set in."
"My hope is that this opportunity opens other doors and avenues to get us on other tours and music festivals," Gayao says. "I'm definitely going to make the most of this but enjoy it at the same time."
Nothing but a G(ee) thang: Larry g(ee) DeFY. New York Interview 2011
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Larry Gayao, better know by his stage name Larry g(EE) is an American singer-songwriter from Dallas,...Larry Gayao, better know by his stage name Larry g(EE) is an American singer-songwriter from Dallas, TX. Raised by strict religious, yet musical parents, g(EE) began writing music at an early age. Influenced by mavericks like Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson, he is most closely associated with Soul music but considers himself a musical free spirit.
DeFY. New York recently caught up with Larry.
Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to sit with us Larry.
DeFY: What does the (EE) in “Larry g(EE) stand for?
L: Actually the name was created because of a few things. 1) my last name is Gayao, which isn’t an easy name to pronounce (for some). 2) I didn’t want to go with the easy Larry ‘G’ moniker (Kenny G. claimed that years ago). I wanted to go with something that was different that would get attention (hence: g(EE)). So far it’s worked. Good or bad people can’t help but notice it.
DeFY: You were raised by strict religious parents, did your upbringing influence your music?
L: Definitely. I was brought up singing in the church at a very young age. Without that education and discipline I don’t think I’d be doing music today. I may not have ended up doing gospel music, but there’s great deal of respect I have for it. I used gospel music to teach myself how to sing. I really learned how to feel songs, and really feel what I was singing.
DeFY: You say your a music freespirit, does that mean we will hear you making music across a broad spectrum of genres (Rap, R&B, Synth Pop etc.)?
L: Yes. I hope so. Right now I’m in a good lane musically with this project, but my door is always open to collab with artists of various genres. The music field is wide open today with so many artist’s coming together from different spaces creating good music. Its a beautiful thing. As long as it makes sense and it sounds good, I’m down with it.
DeFY: I’ve read that your upcoming debut EP titled “Weekends” is influenced by sounds of the 60's/70's era group harmonies. Who are some of your favorite artists from that time period and why?
L: Sam and Dave, Otis Redding, Leroy Hutson, Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone & the Family Stone. I was introduced to this music at an early age. It just felt natural for me to connect with. I would however like to add that while the EP is influenced by those sounds, I’m not trying to replicate that sound entirely. Yes the music draws from that period, but I’m not going to adhere to the exact form.
DeFY: Where was the video for “Yo Mama” filmed? Who’s idea was it?
L: The video was filmed at a lounge in Dallas that is no longer in business. My friend owned the place and allowed me to use it for the shoot. The idea of the video was a collective concept developed by the director Mark Hanson and my friends Andres Cordova, Ric, Bowden, and Vicky Sanz. They along with video’s producer Joshua Wethington of Broken Peanut Media, did a great job of matching sight and sound to the song. We only had one day to shoot and they made sure we got it done.
DeFY: Is there ever a time you feel discouraged as an artist?
If so, what keeps you motivated?
L: As far as being discouraged as an artist, I haven’t felt that way in while (I’ll explain with the next question). With the music industry changing and the vast amount of resources available to independent artists it’s easy stay motivated. It’s just a strong mindset.
DeFY: You and your band broke up after 5 years. How did that unfold and what advice can you give to others?
L: The band had some great moments of local and regional success, which only fueled my desire to land a record deal. Fast forward 5 years later and we found ourselves in the same place which was very frustrating for a band that worked as hard as we did. I think we just hit a wall and knew it was time for a change. As far as advice goes, I’d say make sure your focused with your goals, but don’t stress about the journey.
DeFY: How do you prepare yourself for a performance?
L: I try to get a lot of rest (which never happens), vocal exercises, and lots of ‘Throat Coat’ tea with honey. I also do this thing where I visualize the entire set in my head before I even set foot on stage. If I can do that I’m good to go.
DeFY: Sneaker culture is huge now and DeFY. is a sneaker heavy site. We always ask everyone we interview, whats your favorite sneaker/brand and why?
L: Nike Air Force 1's, now unfortunately I don’t rock sneakers that often anymore (usually I’m on stage in suit with dress shoes), but growing up I was all about them. I used to have an orange and white pair that I loved to rock (thanks to Derrick Coleman and the Syracuse Orange Men). But really anything Nike is good with me. I’m also into Adidas, Converse (Jack Purcell), and PF Flyers.
DeFY: Who would you like to work with going forward?
L: Man the wish list is crazy but I’d love to work with Salaam Remi, Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow), and Pharrell Williams. Just to name a few…
DeFY: Has anyone from the industry reached out to yet?
L: I’ve met with a few labels and management teams, but nothing other than just a brief introduction. With the EP finished we’ll see what happens. It’s all about the hustle at this point. While I am open to signing with management and booking I refuse to sign with just any label. I’d hold out until I found the right one. There’s a ceiling with independent music where you can only go so high where the help of a label wouldn’t hurt. I’m just getting started with this project so I’m not even worried nor thinking about that just yet.
DeFY: Any upcoming performances?
L: Yes I’m playing a big NYE show with Eric McFadden of the famed P’funk All-Stars at The Prophet Bar in Dallas. He’s an amazing artist and the Prophet Bar is a great venue Next year we look to hit up both coasts with some small runs in to the big markets. I’m really excited with that the most.
DeFY: Whats the five year plan?
L: First things first, with the EP I’m going to get out and do some independent touring. Establish the booking and management end and hopefully release a full-length album. I’m really just trying to grow a strong following that artist’s get through people discovering them on their own. Right now its just about getting the EP some exposure, getting in front of people and just playing as many shows possible. Like I said I love to perform. If I could play 87 percent of the year and make a decent living from it, I’d be set for life.
DeFY: Where can everyone go to follow everything Larry g(EE)?
L: They can go to my website at www.larry-gee.com but honestly the fun stuff can be found on my facebook page www.facebook.com/larrygeemusic
The New Retro Soul: Our Interview With Larry g(EE)
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Last week, we reviewed Larry g(EE)'s debut EP, Weekends, which will be released on December 9th, 201...Last week, we reviewed Larry g(EE)'s debut EP, Weekends, which will be released on December 9th, 2011. Today, we've got an interview with the man behind that awesome album. He sat down with us and talked about his unusual name, Weekends, his musical influences, his live show, and Tony Romo.
Thanks for speaking with us. How's it going today?
Doing great man. Had a great Thanksgiving weekend with family but I'm still recovering from all the food inhaled.
First things first: tell me about your name. I'm assuming it's pronounced Larry G?
So what's the deal with the parentheses and the capitalization?
A couple reasons. The G had already been taken with Kenny G. and I wanted to do something that would catch the eye, for better or for worse in regards to reaction. I graduated with a degree in Corporate Communications/PR so I'm always trying to think of ways to stay on top of promoting this project. I guess the g(EE) is a form of branding?
Let's talk about Weekends, your debut EP. What's the reason behind the name?
I choose the title Weekends because a lot of the inspiration behind the songs were based off of random weekend nights in Brooklyn, NY. I spent a summer there in 2010 and started writing what would become this EP Weekends.
I love the album. How long did it take you to record and master it?
All together this project has taken eight months. Factor the writing however and I'd say about a year. I realize that it is just four songs however I truly believe it represents who I am and where I'm going musically.
There are a lot of things going on in the songs: horns, many backup singers. How did you track down all those people?
The producer of the album and good friend, Beau Bedford, works with a number of musicians in town. As soon as we laid down the scratch tracks he knew exactly who to reach out to. He's got a great circle of musicians that he works with but it's totally attributed to how talented Beau really is. I'm blessed to have worked with him. Some of the other artists on this album are friends who donated their free time to help out. It's been a beautiful experience.
Who are your musical influences?
The Beatles, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and Amy Winehouse. There's more but those are my tops.
First album, tape, or CD you bought with your own money?
Michael Jackson's Bad cassette tape. My uncle introduced to me his Thriller album so I was ready to purchase anything of his after that.
Are you planning on touring to support Weekends?
Yes that is definitely in the 2012 game plan. NYC, LA, Chicago and other major US cities and hopefully outside of the US. I'm excited to get this EP and the show out there to as many people possible. I wanna see the world.
What are your live shows like? How big is the band that backs you?
The shows are like a crazy dance party. I try my best to take people away from whatever they had going on before they walked into the venue. The size of the band can go anywhere from six to thirteen. Either size is always a good time because they're so talented and fun to play with. I'm very lucky.
Do you throw a lot of covers into the mix?
With the style of music I do, yes. Right now we've had great success with Sly & The Family Stone's "I Want To Take You Higher", Rufus's "Tell Me Something Good", and Bill Withers's "Use Me".
You're a Cowboys fan, right? What are your honest thoughts on Romo?
It's really so-so for me. I was spoiled with Troy Aikman during his time with Dallas. Winning consistently in the playoffs goes so much further with me. Romo has to win and win big this year in my eyes.
I'm actually really a fan of the Aussie punter of the Cowboys, Mat Mcbriar. Best Cowboy punter of all-time. The guy has been solid for years. Little secret: I run a fan page dedicated to him on Facebook. Also I'm friends with both he and his wife Erin so I guess that's why. My goal is to get him to the Pro Bowl every year.
Ok. It's time for The CB3, the three questions we ask every guest here at Culture Brats. Tiffany or Debbie Gibson?
Debbie Gibson's "Electric Youth" was my jam. Shhh.
Pretty In Pink or Sixteen Candles?
Pretty In Pink hands down!
Thriller or Purple Rain?
Love MJ but I gotta say Purple Rain. Apollonia that's all I can say.
Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today. And I hope everyone loves Weekends as much as I do!
Thanks so much for the interview. Have a great week.
Take Five: Local Songs for Your Week
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By Hunter Hauk November 21st, 2011 12:14pm Larry g(EE), “Yo Mama” (watch/download) – Lar... By Hunter Hauk
November 21st, 2011 12:14pm
Larry g(EE), “Yo Mama” (watch/download) – Larry (pictured) first showed his vocal prowess locally as the lead singer of the soulful Dallas band Odis. But the group’s no more, and the guy’s made the best decision of his career thus far by jumping into soul, for real. It’s obvious he’s found his proper lane with “Yo Mama,” a sassy, choir-assisted romantic threat that serves as the first single to his upcoming EP The Weekend. He’s offering the song as a free download, but after you grab that, check out the video. Fun stuff. Larry will debut the new EP live on Dec. 9 at Prophet Bar.
Larry g(EE)’s Weekend: A Promising EP
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Singer songwriter Larry g(EE) recently debuted his EP, entitled Weekends. Released on December 10, W...Singer songwriter Larry g(EE) recently debuted his EP, entitled Weekends. Released on December 10, Weekends showcases four unique songs from Larry g(EE) that highlight his strengths as a singer and his creativity as a songwriter. This Texas native brings a soulful charm to his music, along with a powerful band full of drums, piano, guitar, and a unique brass section that takes his songs to new heights.
His single entitled “Yo Mama” is a great introduction into Larry g(EE)’s signature style. This upbeat tempo track tells a story of a woman who has caught his attention. The powerful soul in his voice is something that’s not easy to produce, but he does it brilliantly. Backed by a talented band, this song is heavy with brass instruments which brings a musical element not normally heard in current mainstream music.
Aside from the musicality of the song, Larry g(EE)’s lyrics are well written and the hook is easy to sing along to. The catchy bridge is a playful take off of Kelis’ popular hip hop song “Milkshake”, as he sings “Your milkshake may bring boys to the yard but that’s not how I’m playing these cards.”
The music video for “Yo Mama” highlights the distinct style and nature of the music. Dressed in suits, Larry and his band bring a retro flavor into the mix as he strays away from the often overdone melodies in current pop music. The natural soul in his voice comes out when he sings throughout the hook of “Yo Mama” and his individual sound helps him stand out from other current singer songwriters.
“I’m Your Fool” is another song that continues to show the promise in Larry g(EE)’s music. Starting off with a piano intro that builds up and continues throughout the song, “I’m Your Fool” brings an air of style heard from decades ago. Like his other songs, there is a presence of horns that is something special, and not widely heard in music today. He sings of past relationship regrets in this track.
“Now I know I’ve done a million things to push you away, and I can’t take back the games you never wanted to play.” The harmonies in this song help Larry’s voice shine as background singers pay homage to soul music of the past. “I’m Your Fool” is a more emotional song that shows the artist’s creativity. His voice is a bit more subdued than in other songs, but doesn’t take away from his special blend of talent.
Weekends continues on with “Camera Phone,” a fun song that depicts a man trying to pick up a girl that has caught his eye. “And my mind’s still buzzing from the night before,” Larry g(EE) sings, as he sees the woman he is fixated on. The retro feel of the song mixes with the contemporary vibe of the camera phone, while his playful lyrics are heard throughout.
“I’m thinking you and me tonight, tell your friends they can come on by, it’ll be alright,” he sings. It’s an energizing song that shows the singer’s versatility in his vocal strengths, as he goes from soft tones in the verses to the more soulful and powerful hook.
“Game” rounds out the group of distinct songs on Weekends. This fast paced song brings forward emotions of stepping away from a relationship where games are being played. His voice is continues to shine soulfully as he sings of his fed up attitude. A strong piano accompaniment is heard throughout and marries wonderfully with the horn section. The song ends off solely with instrumental music and highlights how talented his band is.
Larry g(EE)’s signature blend of contemporary lyrics and soul inspired music heard throughout Weekends is both creatively and expertly done. What he has uniquely done with music makes him hard to compare to other current artists, because his talent helps him positively stand away from the crowd.
Track Listing for Weekends – have a look at Larry g(EE) facebook as well for updates:
I’m Your Fool
Listen: Larry g(EE) – Yo Mama – Bit of Milkshake mixed with some Retro-Blues!
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Please welcome Larry Gee aka Larry g(EE) to popledge! We get quite a few music submissions for t... Please welcome Larry Gee aka Larry g(EE) to popledge!
We get quite a few music submissions for the site but this was one that truly made us smile so we wanted to share it with you all!
This track is Yo Mama from Larry’s debut EP entitled Weekends.
Think Bruno Mars but more classy and way more authentic, Larry serves up a cool slice of fresh and modern soul and blues. Imagine this track on in a super cool live music venue with a cocktail in your hand and you’ve got a little slice of heaven!
Oh the Milkshake bit, well you’ll have to listen to the song……
#UnsignedSunday Larry g(EE) – Yo Mama[Music Video]/Weekend[EP]
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His voice, the band, the vibe, it just feels like something out of an 80's movie. The soulful singer...His voice, the band, the vibe, it just feels like something out of an 80's movie. The soulful singer/song writer from Dallas, Texas is bringing some funk to TheTapeDeck with this one. If his Weekend EP is anything like the first single, i’ll personally be giving it a listen. Even if it isn’t hip-hop, good music will always have a place here.
Larry g(EE) - Yo Mama
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I don't care if you ignore everything else that comes out of my mouth today, stop what you're doing ...I don't care if you ignore everything else that comes out of my mouth today, stop what you're doing and give this a spin!
From 2011, here's Larry g(EE) with "Yo Mama.
GET TO KNOW: Larry g(EE)
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Here's another Pinoy Pride! US-based Fil-Am musician Laurence Gayao II aka Larry g(EE) joins the ret...Here's another Pinoy Pride! US-based Fil-Am musician Laurence Gayao II aka Larry g(EE) joins the retro-soul movement with his funky sound and an amazing EP waiting to croon its way to everyone's playlist. I got an advance listen to his debut EP Weekends and loved it so much. I'm a big fan of nostalgic-pop or soul revivalism or whatever you call it. I like how Larry gives a little modern twist to the soul, Motown sound instead of recreating it. His first single, Yo Mama, is a perfect example of that ingenuity.
I did a short interview with Larry and found out about his Filipino roots, musical influences and his love for Amy Winehouse...
BON: Can you tell us something about your Filipino roots?
Larry g(EE): Both of my parents are from Mindanao. They moved to America in the early 70's and have been in America ever since. I was born in America and have only been to visit the Philippines once way back in the early 80's. I barely remember anything from that visit except for the chicken adobo and the beautiful beaches there. I was really young (like 9 or 10).
BON: Is your family musical?
Larry g(EE): Definitely. My mother and her brother (my uncle) use to perform as a gospel duo back in the late 70's/ early 80's and my father owned a recording studio around that time as well. I used to sit in during those sessions and just soak it all up. My siblings and I (I am 2nd oldest of 4 (2 sisters and 1 brother)) were always around music growing up (church choir, piano lessons, and guitar lessons).
BON: Who are your musical influences?
Larry g(EE): Here's my top 5 --->1) My uncle was a big influence growing up. He taught me a lot about music growing up. 2) Elvis 2) The Beatles 3) Michael Jackson 4) Stevie Wonder 5) Hall & Oates
BON: You were part of a band called Odis. What has been your biggest challenge as a solo artist in writing/making your solo debut EP Weekends?
Larry g(EE): During my time with Odis I really learned a lot about pursing a career in music (both good and bad). We had some local and regional success and toured independently for 5 years. I think the challenges we faced earlier on and towards the end of our run made it a lot easier this time around. When I started writing this album it was only me I had to deal with and not 4 other members. The transition as a solo artist has been really positive primarily because because I really took my time and didn't rush right back into music after the break-up of the band.
BON: Speaking of Weekends, what's the usual weekend for you?
Larry g(EE): I'm either playing a show, hanging with the family, out with friends, or just staying in and writing music. I prefer the low-key weekend writing music however sometimes that isn't necessarily the case (just depends on who I'm hanging out with).
Larry g(EE) - Yo Mama
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This is new music from singer/songwriter from Dallas, TX, Larry g(EE). "Yo Mama" is the first single...This is new music from singer/songwriter from Dallas, TX, Larry g(EE). "Yo Mama" is the first single off of his debut EP Weekends. He's definitely worth checking out.
MUSIC VIDEO: Larry g(EE) – Yo Mama
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There is no place quite like Texas and hearing rising talent Larry g(EE), we are starting to believe...There is no place quite like Texas and hearing rising talent Larry g(EE), we are starting to believe there is nothing quite like the talent in Texas either.
If Bruno Mars had the Western influence only a life in Texas could give him, he would be somewhat close to the caliber of awesome that Larry g(ee) lays to tape. Part pop, part funk, part country rock and roll, we dare you to find a single thing to hate about his debut single, “Yo Mamma.” You can view the official video after the jump.
Larry g(EE) is gearing up for the release of his debut EP, Weekends. We are hoping to bring you a few exclusives from the record in coming weeks, so stay tuned for updates and more!
Larry g(EE) – Yo Mama [Audio]
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Larry g(EE) a brand new and talented musician has released a song titled “Yo Mama” of his new EP Wee...Larry g(EE) a brand new and talented musician has released a song titled “Yo Mama” of his new EP Weekends, I receive a lot of music submissions a day but this really caught my eyes and I am in love with this song, love the style, love the lyrics a truly amazing song! Go check it out below!
Larry Gee readies 'Weekends'
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By Preston Jones We've followed along this year as Larry Gee (better known as former Odis front m...By Preston Jones
We've followed along this year as Larry Gee (better known as former Odis front man Larry Gayao) has worked on his solo debut. Now, he's got a release date: Dec. 9 will see the arrival of Larry Gee's debut EP, Weekends.
"I'm really excited with the way the mixes came out," Gee says via email. "It's been a long time coming and regardless of the fact that it is only an EP, there was a lot of work and time spent on these tracks. I feel like it's a great introduction to where I'm at right now."
Get a little taste of the finished product with the teaser trailer below.
Hear This: Larry Gee, 'Yo Mama'
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By Preston Jones Larry Gayao (or Larry Gee), late of Dallas' Odis, has kept his nose to the grind...By Preston Jones
Larry Gayao (or Larry Gee), late of Dallas' Odis, has kept his nose to the grindstone these last few months, subtly reinventing himself as a retro-soul crooner of the first order. For his latest single, Yo Mama, Gayao teamed up with Beau Bedford, a former member of Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, for a musical meeting of the minds that's as bluesy as it is fresh and soulful; it's like wearing a high-end designer suit to the grimiest nightclub you can find.
Give a listen below to the first in what Gayao promises will be a string of singles over the next few weeks (you can also download Yo Mama free right here). He's also opening up for Kirby Brown at La Grange April 1.
Larry g(EE) – Yo Mama
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You never quite know what you’re going to get with a song called ‘Yo Mama.’ I have to admit, it set ...You never quite know what you’re going to get with a song called ‘Yo Mama.’ I have to admit, it set my expectations pretty low. Luckily, my initial apprehension (borne out of the assumption that was going to be a very amateur diss rap) was completely shattered in the track’s first 4 seconds.
Larry Gee–spelled in the email Larry g(EE),which didn’t help my apprhension, and simply Larry Gee in the press release–is Texan singer-songwriter and crooner-man Larry Gayao. His music falls into the retro-soul revival that’s cropped up slowly the last few years, most notably in the likes of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Aloe Blacc. It’s hard not to like if you dug anything that came out of Motown in the 1960's and early 70's and Gee fits snugly in their company.
From the first blaring horns of “Yo Mama” it’s pretty clear this track’s overflowing with energy. It’s the kind of bombastic stuff that grabs your attention and holds. The track mellows out pretty quickly as Gee, the track’s star, comes in. Gee’s vocal energy is pretty impressive, full of the attitude and spunk that defined the best of Motown’s output in the first soul era and the best of its revival. Even when the track drops into the bridge and starts copping ‘Milkshake,’ it maintains a plain-faced retro feel. The spot-on production is to thank for this, with blaring (and catchy) horns, a wealth of backup vocalists, and small improvisations that lend to a live feel.
Gee’s recording a full-length so be sure to look out for it. If “Yo Mama” is any indication, it’ll be one worth listening to.
Former Front Man Holds His Own
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Whenever I go to the House Of Blues there is always an excitement that accompanies the trip. For som...Whenever I go to the House Of Blues there is always an excitement that accompanies the trip. For some reason I always have really high expectations for the band I'm going to see there. With such an intimate set-up and such great sound I always feel like I'm already set up for success as far as my concertgoer experience is concerned. So far I haven't been disappointed.
Recently I went to hear former Odis front man Larry g(ee) perform in a showcase of Dallas's up-and-comers. I discovered Odis by accident several years ago when Club Clearview was still open. Their take on Rock n' Soul was like nothing I had ever heard and all these years later I've still never heard its equal.
His new sound hearkens back to a more traditional gospel and soul. He has a horn section and a bank of talented backup vocalists. The stock guitar, bass and drums keeps things contemporary but only borders on edgy. In many ways being backed by a rock band made him shine brighter in contrast but as his set neared the end during songs like "Camera Phone" and "Yo Momma" Larry proved that not only does he still have "it" he is prepared and able to use "it" as a weapon.
Last year Odis disbanded amicably, though an air of mystery still surrounds the circumstances. Larry told Blitz Weekly in an interview, "After the band separated my first idea was to jump into something else right away, but I soon realized that the five years with the band had somewhat taken a toll on me, physically and mentally. Also I had just ended my relationship with my girlfriend of six years. To go through that and the breakup of the band was probably more than I could handle at one time."
So, Larry traveled for a while visiting family and friends from L.A. to New York City and got his footing back as a songwriter. "Camera Phone" was written after a long night with his brother-in-law in Brooklyn and has references to the L-Train.
A native of Abilene, Larry grew up singing in church like so many of the greats before him. He says his family was instrumental in making that happen but it was his uncle, Jun, who opened the door to all that music could be. "I remember listening to old Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, and Beatles vinyl at his house for hours," he said. "I guess you can say that's where my love for music began, listening to those artists particularly."
From the standpoint of a fan it seems he's grown from his days in Odis, a coming-of-age I feel lucky to have witnessed. His intuitive understanding of his role as a performer is one that should inspire you to go out and hear what he has to offer. "Always respect the audience," he told me recently. "In the end they can make or break you as an artist."
So far the plan for his trajectory as a solo artist is simple: get his E.P. out and see where things go. "My door is wide open," he says frankly. In the meantime he's focusing on performing. "It can be in front of two people or a thousand. I just love to perform and look forward to eventually doing it on a consistent basis again"
You can check him out on the web at www.Larry-gEE.com or see him live on July 15th at Club Dada in Deep Ellum.
MUSIC: Larry g(EE) – “Yo Mama”.
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I haven’t really been on the internet much this weekend, spent the last couple days between Nashvill...I haven’t really been on the internet much this weekend, spent the last couple days between Nashville, Atlanta, and Columbia, South Carolina. During those many hours alone in the car, it would have been nice to listen to the soul stirring musical treats handed out by Dallas native, Larry g(EE).
The gospel funk infused rock and R&B style that Larry uses on his ode to “Yo Mama” had me from jump and I can’t wait to share this music with y’all (by the way, I totally made up that genre of music–I don’t know how to label Larry’s music–let’s just call it good shall we?). This is just want I need to break up the 26 combined hours of rap I listened to over the past four days. Good shit, Larry.
Larry Gee – “Yo Mama”
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We don’t typically get submissions like Larry Gee’s “Ya Mama.” Instead of the accustomed swag or smo...We don’t typically get submissions like Larry Gee’s “Ya Mama.” Instead of the accustomed swag or smoking dope references generally gracing our inboxes, the transcendent single from this potential Dallas star’s upcoming With All Due Respect EP arrives in your ears with an objective to entertain. From the opening crash and horn section and beyond, this vibrant recording sounds so perfectly delivered to audio form, it’s like standing in the middle of Larry’s studio session.
If you’re 10-60 years old and a fan of Cee-Lo, The Blue Brothers or Re-Re Franklin, this is all you.
New Music | Larry G[ee] – Yo Mama
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Larry Gayao (Larry Gee) is a Dallas based musician that just recently released a retro-soul barn bur...Larry Gayao (Larry Gee) is a Dallas based musician that just recently released a retro-soul barn burner of a track entitled Yo Mama that is totally made to be played at high volumes. This retro soul style is becoming pretty popular (thanks Raphael Saadiq, Mayer Hawthorne) and this is one of the most fun tracks I’ve heard this year. The sound is fresh, totally fun, vocally impressive and totally exciting. I’m told a full EP is in the works, and we should be hearing more from Larry Gee very soon.
Larry G(EE): “Yo Mama”
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It’s not hard to figure out why a countless number of artists have had success reviving soul music. ...It’s not hard to figure out why a countless number of artists have had success reviving soul music. The genre is built for tapping toes, dancing around and feeling alive, all while wearing a broad smile. Dallas musician Larry Gayao, aka Larry G(EE), has produced a winner with his fun-tastic retro-soul song “Yo Mama”. The track should be played at high volumes, and preferably with wide open spaces to get funky like a fool. Its charm lies in its ability to have a good time, without trying to have a good time. Full energy, but also chilled out.
You can stream “Yo Mama” below, and you can download the song for just an e-mail address at Gayao’s website. It’d be a good idea to keep this song around for when you’re feeling down.
Who The Hell Is: Larry g(EE)?
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Every now and then, something pops up in your mailbox that makes it worth digging through all the st...Every now and then, something pops up in your mailbox that makes it worth digging through all the stuff you DON’T want to feature on the site. One such reward comes in the form of Larry g(eEE)’s “Yo Mama”. Larry is a singer/songwriter from Dallas whose sound is fully in step with the live-band soul revival that’s taken place recently, bringing national attention to artists like Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears.
The good thing about this song is that it’s not just a groove. The band is definitely kickin’ on this one, but there’s also a solid lyric and a fantastic hook. Not bad for a new jack, huh? Make sure you check out Larry’s debut EP Weekends when it drops digitally in early December. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about this guy in the future.
Shout out to the folks at Culture Brats, who think this song is the bees knees also.
STREAM: Larry G(ee) – I’m Your Fool December 9th, 2011 James
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The fast-rising pop sensation behind “Yo Mamma” has graced fans with another track from his forthcom...The fast-rising pop sensation behind “Yo Mamma” has graced fans with another track from his forthcoming debut.
Released earlier today, “I’m Your Fool” is Larry G(ee)’s version of a throwback ballad. It plays like a dream, complete with sock hops and Chevy Bel-Airs, that you will never want to end. Click through to stream the song and enjoy it (again and again and again).
We have been hyping Larry G(ee) for a minute, but he needs your help if he’s going to get the level of exposure he deserves! After you listen, click here to befriend him on Facebook. You won’t regret it.
New Music: Larry g(EE)
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I rather like this. It’s soul and its so refreshing to hear because it just seems like some real gen...I rather like this. It’s soul and its so refreshing to hear because it just seems like some real genuine talent. Check out here.
Introducing Larry g(EE) – YO MAMA
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This sounds like classical soul, rhythm and blues music. This man has a great voice and one hell of ...This sounds like classical soul, rhythm and blues music. This man has a great voice and one hell of a presence. Check out there video for “Yo Mama”. And oh, did I mention that the band is absolutely kick-ass?
LARRY G(EE) – YO MAMA – WEEKENDS
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Né en Septembre soixante-quinze à Dallas, Larry g(EE), démarra sept années plus tôt sa carrière prof...Né en Septembre soixante-quinze à Dallas, Larry g(EE), démarra sept années plus tôt sa carrière professionnelle, dans un groupe de pop rock. Il fit la tournée des cabarets avant que son groupe ne finisse par se dissoudre. L'artiste entame l'année dernière un périple à New York. Destination Brooklyn. Sa carrière Solo peut commencer. Yo Mama, un premier titre. Ses influences vont de Michael Jackson, en passant par Stevie Wonder et bien entendu les Hall & Oates. London Chooser.
Larry g(EE) – Yo Mama – Produced by: Broken Peanut Media – Directed by: Mark Hanson & Joshua Wethington - Debut – Album EP "Weekends" drops 12.9.11.
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Hear This: Larry Gee, 'Yo Mama' (Hikaizo Remix)
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Larry Gee, formerly of Odis, continues to put the finishing touches on his solo debut (as we've trac...Larry Gee, formerly of Odis, continues to put the finishing touches on his solo debut (as we've tracked along the way), but today, he passed along this spiffy remix of his lead single, Yo Mama, itself a stylish piece of R&B time-travel. Please to enjoy.
The Discovery Spotlight: Larry Gayao
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Larry Gayao, better know by his stage name Larry g(EE) is an American singer-songwriter from Dallas,...Larry Gayao, better know by his stage name Larry g(EE) is an American singer-songwriter from Dallas, TX. Raised by strict religious, yet musical parents, g(EE) began writing music at an early age. Influenced by mavericks like Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson, Larry considers himself a musical free spirit, although he’s most closely associated with Soul music.
After a break-up with his band of 5 years, Larry has matured as a singer, songwriter and person while working on his upcoming debut EP, “Weekends”. He says “My first album with the band felt like boot camp and now I’m ready to progress. In many ways this feels like my first official album.”
While the sound of this project is influenced by the soul sounds of ‘60s/’70s-era group harmonies, he is not trying to replicate that sound entirely, Larry considers himself anything but a pure traditionalist or revivalist. The music draws from the Motown period, but he doesn’t adhere to the exact form.
“Weekends” is a collection of retro funk-soul songs with a contemporary twist. This album can easily go from the bedroom to the dance floor with a shake of your hips. It is fun, catchy and a damn good time.
Album Review: Larry g(EE)'s Weekends
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Weekends, the 4-track EP from Dallas funk band Larry g(EE) delivers a finger-licking portion of enli...Weekends, the 4-track EP from Dallas funk band Larry g(EE) delivers a finger-licking portion of enlivened soul music. Front man Larry g(EE) and crew spare no shortcuts with their multi-instrument approach in their colorful funk style, making every intro and conclusion just as jolting as the strongest chorus. The 10+ member group brings together the bass, multiple forms of percussion, and an always-pleasing horn section that adds sparkle to each song.
“Yo Mama,” the debut single from the EP, dives into the record with a lively beat and contagious tempo, conjuring up Fitz & the Tantrums. Larry brings the heat with confident pipes that are drenched with the necessary swag that this style of music demands. Although the lyrics falter at times, the album stays close to the message they’re trying to tell of attitude-driven love songs.
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As easy as it is to get pulled into Larry g(EE)’s world of spicy lines and eccentric melodies, it’s even easier to imagine enjoying their live rendition. “Game” instills this desire by bringing to mind a line of tambourine pounding, hip swaying background singers keeping the spirit alive.
Local fans can see the band live at Larry g(EE)’s album release show at the Prophet Bar in Dallas on December 9, the same day Weekends will be in stores.
Music Video: Larry g(EE) - Yo Mama
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He has already been compared to a more sophisticated version of Bruno Mars, and has several rave rev...He has already been compared to a more sophisticated version of Bruno Mars, and has several rave reviews on other websites. Within the first 20-seconds of the video we knew he was one that we had to post! Ladies and gentlemen.. Mr. Larry g(EE). His upcoming EP "Weekends" is coming out on Dec 9th.
Music Video: Larry g(EE) "YO MAMA"
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Larry Gayao aka Larry g(EE) is a singer-songwriter who is looking to revive soul music for the masse...Larry Gayao aka Larry g(EE) is a singer-songwriter who is looking to revive soul music for the masses. He oozes personality in the music video for new song “Yo Mama.” Directed by Mark Hanson and Joshua Wethington, the video showcases g(EE) performing with his band for a crowd of fans. There’s something insanely catchy about this song thanks to the singer’s voice paired with a horn section, a soulful chorus and a pretty killer response to Kelis’ “Milkshake.”
Granted, this is the first we’ve heard from Larry g(EE), but hoping there’s a lot more where this came from. “Yo Mama” appears on the singer’s forthcoming debut EP titled Weekends, which is available starting December 9th. Get a free MP3 download of “Yo Mama” here.
Watch the music video for “Yo Mama” after the jump.
Larry Gee Performs in The Broadcast Music Cafe
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We had Larry Gee in The Broadcast Music Cafe! He will be opening up tomorrow night for Clairy Browne...We had Larry Gee in The Broadcast Music Cafe! He will be opening up tomorrow night for Clairy Browne and the Banging Rackettes at The House of Blues.
When the Night Falls
Ain't No Thing
I'm Your Fool
I Want to Take You Higher (Sly & Family Stone cover)