Patty Larkin

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TOP 10

“A virtuoso guitar player and mood-shaper...She is also a superb slide guitarist whose mature work is comparable to the best of Bonnie Rait and Lucinda Williams.”

NEW YORK TIMES

WILD PERFECTION

“An uncommonly articulate guitarist, she has evolved into one of the finest self-accompanists anywhere in popular music.”

BOSTON GLOBE

RIVETING

“Patty Larkin is one of the most gifted performers in music today. A remarkable guitarist, an imaginative and versatile vocalist, Larkin turns in a riveting performance.”

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

STRUM-BEAT

“Larkin is genre-stretching string popping alterna-folk”

GUITAR WORLD

TRIPLE-THREAT

“An absolutely stunning guitarist, Larkin matches her instrumental chops as a vocalist and songwriter, making her a true triple-threat artist.”

BILLBOARD

DROP DEAD BRILLIANT

“Imagine a drop dead brilliant guitar player, a richly textural singer, a commanding, poetic songwriter, a hilarious and personable entertainer. Now imagine these all in one person. There you have Larkin.”

PERFORMING SONGWRITER

CRITICS CHOICE: PROFOUND RESULTS

“Richly contemplative tracks about solitude and togetherness, open vistas and spiritual quests. Her voice can be breathy and confiding, tinged with the blues or infused with Joni Mitchell's pearly depth... Larkin is deeply attuned to the resonances of her many instruments....meditative chords ripple across acoustic and electric guitars in "Cover Me" and "Traveling Alone," and float over a dance beat in "Phone Message." Countless little slide and steel-guitar licks ricochet around conga drums and filtered choruses of her voice in "Beautiful."”

New York Times

MASTERFUL

“The sonic multiplicity of these dozen tunes is impressive. "Hallelujah" is a rhythmic pearl that's radio-ready, while "Hollywood"...elicits an anomalous sound worthy of Laurie Anderson. Ballad "Dear Heart" is direct and elegantly done. "Phone Message" - an uncanny mix of insistent drums, ethereal voices and an instrumental arrangement.”

Billboard

GRIPPING

“A stark, yet varied, palette of ambient folk-pop that shimmers softly and speaks in potent, dreamy tones. "Phone Message"...blurs the line between earthy songcraft and modern technology. She nails the misplaced dream of "Hollywood" in a queasy, narcotic thumbnail and chases it with a slinky, beat-driven soul tune more redolent of Erykah Badu than the folk tradition.”

Boston Globe

EXQUISITE

“Larkin purveys mood music with a firm emotional core - a sound that's serene yet surreal, one that treads softly while whispering seductively.”

Performing Songwriter

INNOVATIVE ARRANGEMENTS

“Patty Larkin is one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the world. On Watch The Sky, she focuses on her songwriting, singing and multi-instrumental talents. The final results are as stellar as her guitar playing.”

Vintage Guitar

NEW OPUS

“ The folk-pop vet plays us her new opus ...fusing modern technology with acoustic instruments.”

MTV.com

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING

“An absolutely stunning guitarist, easily on a par with Bonnie Raitt, Larkin matches her instrumental chops as a vocalist and songwriter, making her a true triple-threat artist. (Red = Luck) is a paradigm of literate, compelling songwriting, augmented by high production values.”

Billboard

BRILLIANT

“Red = Luck is a bold work from an even bolder artist...truly brilliant.”

Sing Out

TEXTURALLY RICH

“With her 10th album, Red = Luck, the Milwaukee-born and Cape Cod-based songstress shows that she still has a lot to say. The album radiates with a texturally rich conglomeration of Middle Eastern, Celtic, and pop influences.”

Boston Globe

**** 4 STARS

“Singer-songwriter Patty Larkin has seemed incapable of releasing anything but stellar albums over the past decade, but Red = Luck is something truly extraordinary. Larkin's exquisitely inventive guitar work, literate and passionate lyrics and soaring, captivating arrangements defy all your existing folk music expectations. This is her most mature and wide-ranging collection of songs to date. Red = Luck = brilliant.”

Detroit Press

ABSORBING

“Larkin subtly and colorfully orchestrates her musings, relying on her gifts as a multi-instrumentalist to help turn Red = Luck into what it is clearly meant to be: an absorbing listening experience.”

Washington Post

BEAUTIFUL

Vanity Fair

COMPELLING

“Red = Luck sums up all that's intriguing about Larkin's supple, sensual style. Her aching yet seductive vocals take center stage, buoyed by atmospheric arrangements that create a dark, haunting yet compelling effect throughout. Larkin knows how to undercut her emotions with passion and purpose. With the arrival of Red = Luck Larkin's lucky break out to come at last.”

Entertainment News & Views

MUSIC THAT DEMANDS

“Red = Luck displays the kind of creative risk-taking rare among mature recording artists. Larkin's musical adventures shouldn't be confused with forced trendiness or artificial hipness... Not just a fine songwriter or virtuoso musician, she combines her talents to create music that demands your attention with great melodies and lyrics that mean something.”

Vintage Guitar

***

“Evocative vocals, warm tunes and subtle sonic shading including low-key ambience and Middle Eastern melodies.”

Rolling Stone

METICULOUS

“Patty Larkin always distinguishes herself with meticulous musicianship... Red = Luck is a perfect spin for the long spring thaw.”

The Phoenix

AN INSTANT CLASSIC

“A direct hit. Absolute perfection. This is one of the best albums we have heard by any artist...in any genre...at any point in time...EVER. ...an instant classic.”

babysue.com

RIVETING

“Patty Larkin is one of the most gifted performers in music today. Alone with her guitar, Larkin rocks as hard as many bands... keeping a relentless beat, accented with taut, Celtic-influenced ornamentations. A remarkable guitarist, an imaginative and versatile vocalist, Larkin turns in a riveting performance.”

Chicago Tribune

STRUM-BEAT

“Larkin is genre-stretching, string popping alterna-folk.”

Guitar World

TOP TEN

“A virtuoso guitar player and mood-shaper. These songs capture what it means to be completely adult, the bad and the good, without regrets or sentimentality. ...Ms. Larkin sings them in a smoky, slightly weather-beaten voice that resonates with a plucky resignation and humor. She is also a superb slide guitarist whose mature work is comparable to the best of Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams.”

The New York Times

A COMPLETE PERFORMER

“Patty Larkin is a complete performer. With a commanding, slightly smoky voice, Larkin captures the very essence of her magnificent songs and backs them up with accomplished, crackling guitar playing.”

The Albany Times Union

UNIQUE SONGWRITER (Cover Feature)

“Patty Larkin is one of those unique songwriters who has an inherent fascination with the guitar, engrafting Celtic, rock and even some country into her folk roots - providing a refreshing landscape for anyone donning a pair of headphones to listen to one of her albums.”

Finger Style Guitar

A GREAT RECORD

“An intmate, vibrant record that showcases Larkin's acoustic chops and strong vocals. She skillfully mixes Celtic, rock, folk, blues and funk. Effortlessly veering from percussive slaps to lush harmonies, Larkin conjures hammered-dulcimer lines, harp-like harmonic licks and freaky slapback-soaked grooves from her six-string.”

Guitar Player

21ST CENTURY CHAMBER MUSIC

“Larkin creates a sound that draws on both her folk-music roots and modern pop-enthusiasms while allowing her literary lyrics to make themselves felt. It's an unorthodox sort of string band which hints at Appalachian roots, even as it suggests 21st century, amplified chamber music.”

Washington Post

WILD PERFECTION

“Patty Larkin transmits eccentric magic with taut, amused gems delivered in a rich alto. An uncommonly articulate guitarist, she has evolved into one of the finest self-accompanists anywhere in popular music. She plays with a remarkable palette, from sobbing little finger patterns to tight power strums that crackle like live wires on wet pavement. She has also grown into one of the finest architects of song in folk-pop. She writes with a deep intimacy but in ways that let everyone climb inside and claim ownership of her songs.”

Boston Globe

A WINNING COMBINATION

“Patty Larkin writes mysterious songs, plays a mean guitar and mandolin and has a voice like a wry angel.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Larkin's ardent voice is the tour guide on a musical and emotional journey. The performances are dead-on, and the songs are like snapshots in an old photo album where every picture tells a story.”

VH-1

URBANE AND INSIGHTFUL

“Involving...muscular...urbane and insightful. She uses the guitar as much for percussion and motion as for harmonic support. Wisdom, musicality and ability combine to continually delight and surprise.”

The Wall Street Journal

DROP-DEAD BRILLIANT

“Imagine a drop-dead brilliant guitar player, a richly textural singer, a commanding, poetic songwriter, a hilarious and personable entertainer. Now imagine all of these virtues in one person. There you have Patty Larkin. Fellow performers are often seen at her shows, shaking their heads in admiring wonder at an elaborate guitar lick or sighing vocal trill, a particularly well-tuned lyric line, a perfectly delivered comic line. She is that rare talent who is seen as a songwriter's songwriter, a guitarist's guitarist and a singer's singer and a performer's performer...”

Performing Songwriter

HYPNOTIC

“Larkin returns with a studio album of her trademark instrumentation and sampled backgrounds. This is strong, cerebral stuff...”

Entertainment Weekly

DAZZLING FINGERWORK

“Patty Larkin is an excellent guitarist, relying on rich, open tunings and blurry-fast arpeggios with dazzling fingerwork... Larkin breaks the bounds of predictability in concert with unabashed humor...”

San Francisco Chronicle

GRACEFUL FOLK-POP

“Graceful folk-pop that alternately recalls the dreaminess of k.d. lang, the detached coolness of Sheryl Crow and the self-conscious hipness of Rickie Lee Jones.”

Stereo Review

ONE OF THE BEST MUSICIANS ON THE PLANET

“Patty Larkin is, quite simply, one of the best musicians on the planet. Her concerts are don't-miss events. Larkin combines great singing with excellent songwriting and skilled guitar playing to create a haunting sound of her own.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch