Larry Gillis and The Hard Driving Swampgrass Band
Larry Gillis comes from a little town called Soperton, located in
southeast Georgia. He was raised on backwoods music and was
especially influenced by his father to play the five string banjo. He
developed a style reminiscent of Don Reno and Ralph Stanley,
although plainly it is Larry’s own sound. One half of the legendary
Gillis Brothers, Larry continues with his music career in bluegrass. A
world renowned banjo picker, and one of the few who still plays the
old claw hammer style. He definitely has a traditional style of his
own. 2016 will mark thirty-six years in the business for Larry and truly
justifies the title “Dr. Swampgrass Gillis”.
This powerful ensemble of talented musicians can only be described
as a hard-core, hard-driving, straight-up, traditional bluegrass band.
With a sound that comes from the deep south, and the admiration of
the legends of bluegrass music, their style is one of a kind.
A style of originality that can only be tagged as the “Gillis sound” just
flows out and leaves the audience with a lasting impression few ever
forget. Tom Henderson of Tampa, Florida and DJ of the syndicated
radio show, “This Is Bluegrass” on WMNF, said a phrase went
around a few years ago about rating other hard driving bands by “The
Gillis Factor”. . . few others measure up!