Rum Barrel Featured Artist: Larry Baeder
Larry Baeder Rum Barrel Key West Live Music
Photo from GIBlythe

Guitarist/producer/songwriter Larry Baeder is a seasoned contemporary guitarist with such an impressive musical past that it’s difficult to do justice with words to his multi-faceted talents and accomplishments.

A quick glance his most recent endeavors reflect startling diversity: his performance at the Apollo in NYC with Chuck Jackson, Ashford & Simpson and Smokey Robinson; his guitar work on GI Blythe’s recent compelling self-titled EP release, GI Blythe; his production of Jambalaya Brass Band’s well received CD It’s a Jungle Out There. Larry Baeder & The MuseGurus released their self-titled highly anticipated collaborative debut CD in the fall of 2011.

The wildly popular Key West band, Larry Baeder & The MuseGurus is Americana Music at its finest, influenced by old school R&B, Soul Music, and Bluegrass. The heart of the band is the writing team of the three principals: the crystal clear voice of Dora Gholson, backed by legendary guitarist/producer Larry Baeder and famous French Rocker/Bassist Francois Gehin.

Berklee grad Larry Baeder is a gifted and virtuosic guitarist of significant depth, and one whose dizzying, dynamic musical career reads like a Who’s Who of authentic American music of the past 30 years. He has played guitar with jazz legends Jay McShann, Illinois Jacquet, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and singer Diane “Mama” Rae. He has performed and recorded with jazz greats Jeremy Stieg and Eddie Gomez.

Baeder has collaborated with Evidence recording artist Nora York and legendary Canadian songwriter Jane Sibery. He also spent five years touring and recording with Capricorn recording artist James Montgomery. During that time, Larry played with legendary blues artists Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Albert King, and Dan “Elwood Blues” Akroyd, while also producing tracks for several Boston artists.

In the recording studio, the late Jimmy Miller, producer for The Rolling Stones, Steve Winwood, Traffic and Blind Faith, included Baeder on much of his later work. By the mid-eighties, Larry was recording sessions with Buddy Guy, James Taylor, and Carly Simon, as well as playing on jingles and film scores.

Baeder has performed in Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Africa. In addition, he has strong ties to New Orleans and has frequently worked with piano genius Henry Butler as well as other NOLA musicians including Ivan Neville, Brian Stoltz, Rebbecca Berry and Shannon Powell.

He has worked with Blues legend Tracy Nelson and is a featured soloist on Heracio “El Negro” Hernandez and Robbie Ameen’s criticlly acclaimed CD Robbie and Negro from the Third World War.  Baeder’s 2000 solo-artist CD release Maximo Strut reached #5 on the Blues charts nationwide.

The Open Mic Jam with Larry Baeder on The Rum Barrel Quarterdeck kicks off tonight at 7:30 p.m. For more on Baeder and the MuseGurus, check out their profile on GigaMusic.

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