Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her "soundscape experiments" while Rolling Stone praises her "evocative and sonic shading." She has been described as "riveting" (Chicago Tribune), "hypnotic" (Entertainment Weekly) and a "drop-dead brilliant" performer (Performing Songwriter).
Patty Larkin grew up in a musical and artistic family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, learning to appreciate the arts at a young age. She began classical piano studies at age 7, and became swept up in the sounds of pop and folk in the 60s, teaching herself the guitar and experimenting with songwriting in high school. An English major, Larkin sang throughout her high school and college career, starting out in coffeehouses in Oregon and San Francisco. Upon graduation from the University of Oregon, she moved to Boston and devoted herself to music, busking on the streets of Cambridge and studying jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music and with Boston area jazz guitarists.
"Still Green," Patty Larkin's 13th album, plays out in Technicolor sound images, a kaleidoscope of sun and sea that travels from the fluorescent-lit hallways of grief to the warm pull of love, family and nature. This collection of new songs chronicles Patty's search for relief, respite and solace during a time when she lost both of her parents, and witnessed a sister suffer a serious health issue. The album begins with "The Best of Intentions," a song Larkin started before all of these life-altering events, and completed after them. The song is a bellwether for the record, that raises questions of belief and redemption, and leaves them unanswered for the listener.
"Still Green" is a fresh approach to sound and life by a legendary singer/songwriter who is continually turning the stone over. One cannot always change what happens to us in life, but can still discover what grounds us and what connects us to the natural world and those who remain in it. In the end, it is indeed, "Because of This."
FILMS · TELEVISION · COVERS
Evolution (Film/Dreamworks) "Regrooving the Dream"
Random Hearts (Film/Columbia Pictures) "Good Thing"
Sliding Doors (Film/Miramax) "Coming Up For Air"
"Tenderness on the Block"
Grand Champion (Blue Sky Media) "Might As Well Dance"
Men in Trees (TV) "Wolf At The Door"
Homicide (TV) "Open Arms"
Cher (Music) "Good Thing"
Holly Cole (Music) "I Told Him That My Dog Wouldn't Run"