Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins

Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins

 Berkeley, California, USA
BandFolkAmericana

Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins sing Old American Songs in the traditional style, using the good sense NOT to over-embellish, varnish, or "arrange". Just two great voices singing eclectic harmonies together with acoustic guitar accompaniment. Hanks is a "national treasure" with 50+ years on stage!

Biography

American Songster: Larry Hanks has been delighting audiences for 50 years with deep and expressive bass
vocals, tastefully sparse guitar-playing, and masterful Jew's Harpery. Hanks' CDs offer lots of surprises in store, and many a musical "old friend", too, as Larry brings his special brand of tender bass vocals along with sensitive and sparse guitar-playing back after many decades of growth and expansion as a singer.

Deborah Robins comes from a singing family and the Chicago folk music tradition. She brings classical music
training and a background in bass clarinet and baritone saxophone performance to her harmonic sensibilities. With a keen interest in American vernacular music as cultural anthropology, she co-developed a PBS television series , "The Music of America: History Through Musical Traditions" (WETA), and it's "Word of Mouth: The Journey of American Folk Music."

Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins have soaring voices when, put together in elegant and quirky harmonies, can't help but inspire. Hanks' natural, unvarnished piece of mahogany, his "instrument", implores more than sings, and Robins' alto warms and energizes the duo on their newest eclectic collection of songs designed to engage the listener in stories of an unmistakable American experience. ("No Hiding Place", Nov. 2010).

Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins have been singing close harmonies together for several years; it just sounds like longer! They embarked on a successful "2010 Boll Weevil Tour" of Great Britain, and "No Hiding Place 2011 US Tour". Future tours are in the
works.

Listeners can expect charming explorations of Cowboy songs, loving renditions of bluesy favorites, new and intriguing tight harmony singing with Deborah Robins, and as always; an unusual, eccentric selection of labor songs, songs Larry learned from great influences like Sam Hinton, Malvina Reynolds, Utah Phillips, and the New Lost City Ramblers; Jew's Harp playing at it's finest, and heart songs a-plenty.

Discography

Larry Hanks:

Tying a Knot in the Devil's Tale (1982)

Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins:

No Hiding Place (2010)
Lonesome Pine (2011)

Larry Hanks & Mike Marker:

The Truth for Certain (2003)

Larry Hanks appears on innumerable compilation albums, and as Jew's Harp soloist and bass singer on many others, including:

"Berkeley Farms" Produced by Mike Seeger (1975)
David Grisman/Jerry Garcia "Not for Kids Only"
Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin "Songs of the Carter Family", and 4 others
Kenny Hall & the Sweet's Mill String Band
Mike Seeger "Third Annual Farewell Reunion"
National Geographic's Cowboy Songs (1976)
...and many others