"Raise Up' with Larry Graham
Larry Graham is said to be responsible for the progressive funk sound of the '70s, and that is just one of the artist's more noted accomplishments.
Graham, a bass guitar player, gained popularity during his time with psychedelic soul/funk band Sly and the Family Stone, and later as the founder and frontman of Graham Central Station. He is also credited as the inventor of the 'slapping technique' on bass guitar, although he refers to the technique as "Thumpin' and Pluckin."
Graham practically grew up a music virtuoso. After all, how many other teens do you know that can play bass and acoustic guitar, harmonica and drums. Graham mastered them all by the age of 15, and played some of his first gigs with the Dell Graham Trio, his mother's lounge act. Of course as his reputation grew, his talents expanded. He joined Sly & The Family Stone in 1968 and appeared with the group during the release of such classic albums as "Stand!" and "Dance to the Music."
It was 1972 when Graham agreed to produce for a band named Hot Chocolate and eventually joined them full time. Renaming the group came next, and the obvious choice (and clever play on words) was to christen the band Graham Central Station – a roster of industry vets who would prove highly successful thanks to hits like "Can You Handle It," "Feel the Need," Now Do U Wanta Dance," and so many more.
The '90s proved to be Graham's Psychedelic Psoul period, a nine-piece band which toured with comedian and well-known singer/actor Eddie Murphy. Still, a second go-round with Graham Central Station proved inevitable, and the group's latest album bowed in 2012 when "Raise Up" arrived on the Moosicus label.
Graham continues to be a road warrior and has toured steadily the last few years. Dates for 2015 should be announced soon!
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date city state venue 8/26/2014 Annapolis MD Rams Head On Stage 8/27/2014 Alexandria VA Birchmere Music Hall 11/20/2014 Buffalo NY Tralf Music Hall 11/22/2014 Chicago IL City Winery - Chicago 11/22/2014 Chicago IL City Winery - Chicago
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