Elsie May Larson-Kunkel
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Elsie May Larson-Kunkel

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter

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ELSIE MAY LARSON-KUNKEL

Elsie May is a true backstage baby if there ever was one! Born July 24, 1990 to acclaimed drummer Russ Kunkel and renowned singer Nicolette Larson, Elsie was blessed with a gift from the beginning. When Nicolette released her lullaby album, Sleep Baby Sleep, in 1994, Elsie was already an inspiration for one of the songs and a travelling companion for her mother on the road. She also continued to accompany her dad on a number of tours with everyone from James Taylor to Lyle Lovett and on her 18th birthday she found herself opening for Lyle at the 5000 seat Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, Canada. Elsie soon decided this was a family business worth going into!

Elsie honed her guitar playing and songwriting skills throughout her high school years while playing in a band called “Something from Nothing.” As high school came to an end and the band faded away Elsie continued working at her craft and soon had a full set of original material and the urge to go out on her own.

Lucy’s El Adobe in LA, one of Elsie’s late mother’s hangouts, hosted the first of many Elsie May nights and she grew her fan base from there. Shortly thereafter, Mark Islam hosted the first Lotta Love Tribute concert honoring Nicolette and Elsie’s performing career continued to expand, later performing in a number of Grassroots Acoustica shows and then at the Lotta Love Second Edition concert.

Elsie recently put The Elsie May Band together and in the past year has played around LA at venues such as the Viper Room, the Universal Bar and Grill, The House of Blues and The Canyon Club in Agoura. The band’s blues-surf-rock sound blossoms with every performance while Elsie continues to perform solo at singer/songwriter venues such as The Key West Songwriter’s Festival.

Her solid acoustic guitar playing, creative musical arrangements, expressive voice and insightful lyrics might startle you coming from this petite 20 year old figure on the stage. However, with her pedigree and upbringing, why should we be surprised!