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Paul Larson has a style that is rare these days. His songs are very likeable, down to earth, and honest. Though his style is all his, he is sometimes reminiscent of performers such as John Denver, James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot. "Through the Window" is a wonderful CD, made up of beautiful stories of love and life. "Captain's Son," "When It Comes To Trains," "Walk with Me," "Good Time Girl," Mountain Mornings," and "Outside the Box" are brilliant and inspiring songs. While others only strive to be, Paul is an accomplished folk singer and guitarist. - Brian D. Holland


After listening to his songs I must say that I was very impressed with his style, the laid back, hometown-boy sound, not unsimilar to that of John Denver, a country folky sound. Paul's songs have an honesty that is sometimes lacking in some artists and the sincerity can be heard throughout all of his songs. I have no hesitation in playing Paul Larson on my show and also in the WHP TKO Internet Radio Room that I DJ three times a week. - Barb Berry


If the album "Through the Window" aims to reach beyond our time of contemporary pop/rock and sugar-coated teenybopper fluff, then Paul Larson has done just that. Like song-writing icons from the early '70s, ie., James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and John Denver, Paul brings forth nocturnal and earth-tone sounds of acoustic folk.

Paul begins with the ethereal saga of "Captain's Son," floating along an atmospheric rhythm of nighttime waves and ambient guitars. "California Evening" is rollicking fun, with the twang from '90s country music before recalling an early Billy Joel. In the mannered "Through the Window" Paul finishes with embracing vocals, while plucking a lonely, solo guitar. Meanwhile, it feels as if he's made himself at home , casually conversing in a comfortable chair complete with an aromatic offer of black, steaming coffee. And speaking of steaming, the whimsical "When It Comes To Trains," rolls by a reflective and bittersweet "Perfect Day."

Paul Larson's themes of comfort, solitude, and nature has a gentle and direct way of relating honest, folk music. - Cory Graham


Paul's voice is gentle and never over-extended, while the guitar playing is equally enjoyable and laid-back, but the space is vast. The music is as diverse as Utah's landscape and offers something you don't find too often in singer-songwriters in the folk roots rock genre, true genuine spirit. The musicianship is tight and the songs are well written. - Smother.net Webzine


Paul Larson's country/folk-rock album, "Through the Window," tells many positive stories of his life in the Utah mountains and canyons; through acoustical finger-picking ballads. His voice and guitar playing soars through the songs comparing life to his gloriously described outdoor environment around him. These songs and imagery remind the listener of what artists like John Denver were creating and Paul Larson's music is carrying it forward into the future. - Chris Armogida


Discography

2003: Through The Window: Self-release
2005: Songs From The Soil: Self-release, compilation
2005: Returning To Roots. Lamon Records

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A couple years ago Jerry Scheff, former bass player for Elvis and John Denver, told Paul that he "would pop" in the music world and "that it was only a matter of time." Well, that time has come folks!!

Paul is turning heads in the music business with his ability to sound familiar and completely unique at the same time. Much, not all of, his music is grounded in nature and sprouts from experiences therein. His music shouts back calmly and indirectly at today's superficiality and commercialism, though Paul wouldn't say that outright: "I just like to sing about things that mean something to me. This one critic in a California newspaper once wrote that my music "Could easily lend itself to country or blues if Larson moved away from the enviromental to the personal." Little did she know how personal nature is to me. She forgot to read between the lyrics."

Paul's music is honest and down to earth. It's been described as "timeless," by too many to mention. His original songs are filled with poetic images and wrapped around wonderful melodies.

In 2003, Paul teamed up with legendary Bass player Jerry Scheff and Mark Yeary. Yeary was Merle Haggards piano man for 19 years. Paul self-realsed his first CD "Through The Window" during that same year in Bakersfield California. He played in venues all over southern California and started to sell his records.

In 2004 Paul moved back to Utah from California. It was in Utah that Paul put out a collection of 20 recordings called "Songs From The Soil." He then decided to do something that nobody to his knowledge had done before; take his CD's door to door. He sold hundreds of CD's this way. It was in Koosharem Utah that Paul was discovered by Lamon Records. "It took me moving back to the middle of nowhere Utah to get signed to a record...go figure."

In late 2005, Paul signed a record deal with Lamon Records and released his first CD with them. "Returning To Roots," is now available at most outlets across the country, or at Paul's website.

Paul plays in Park City and does many private concerts as a solo artist. You can listen to samples from "Songs From The Soil" and his new release "Returning To Roots" at his website: www.paulelarson.com