Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Faith Petric Stage - Auditorium
This duo's forte is traditional folk, and there are few performers in California or anywhere who do it better. The names of performers Larry Hanks has performed with over the years reads like a who's who of American song: U. Utah Phillips, Mike Seeger, Geoff Muldaur, Gordon Bok, Jody Stecher, Malvina Reynolds, Fred Holstein, and Janis Joplin. Nowadays Larry performs mainly with his wife, Deborah Robins. The two have recorded three albums together.
Larry Hanks is a complicated guy who sings songs of other people's complicated lives in an uncomplicated manner. His earthy and deeply resonant voice draws us into worlds of people and places where we may never otherwise go, and elegantly embroiders landscapes that never existed, save in song.
For decades, Hanks has been delighting audiences with his rough-hewn bass vocals, tastefully spare 6 and 12-string guitar accompaniments, and virtuosic Jew's Harp playing. Listeners respond warmly to his easy, unpretentious mannerisms, and a loving approach to the repertoire he painstakingly selects to reflect the many facets of the human condition. Larry Hanks brings charm, depth, and a heart full of tenderness to every song he sings.
Influenced by the music of Sam Hinton, Leadbelly, and Woody Guthrie, Hanks is also known for his many old songs of the American West-- both sad and rollicking cowboy and work songs, topical and political songs, and Traditional American ballads.
Larry has performed with hundreds of musicians throughout his long career. Some of them include: Gordon Bok, Jody Stecher, Mike Seeger, Utah Phillips, Michael Cooney, Geoff Muldaur, Malvina Reynolds, Roger Perkins, Janis Joplin, Fred Holstein, Mike Marker, Deborah Robins, and Kenny Hall, to name a few.
After a lengthy hiatus, Hanks has come back to his first love of performing and recording, with a recent successful 2010 UK "Boll Weevil Tour", brand new album with wife and musical partner, Deborah Robins; and increasingly active live-performance schedule.
Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins' first duet album, "No Hiding Place", produced by Steven Strauss, features 19 brand spankin' OLD songs, and is now available (along with Hanks' other recordings) through the artists or via CDbaby, Down Home Music, Amoeba Records, and other fine retailers near you.