Growing up in White Bluff, Tennessee…
Sunday afternoon at the Fleet house meant getting family and friends together for a little back porch music potluck. It always served up a plateful of Gospel, Bluegrass and Country music. It sure did spark an interest in young Larry, and with the help of renowned guitarist Kerry “Doc” Stone he learned to play. By the age of 7, he was invited to perform at the world famous Ryman Auditorium where he played guitar in a Bluegrass group performing the classics, “Orange Blossom Special” and “Wildwood Flower”.
The traditional country sounds of Merle Haggard, Vern Gosdin and Randy Travis all influenced Larry, but when a family friend requested that he play, “Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay” he became introduced to a whole new world of music. The smooth styles of Otis Redding, the Temptations and Muddy Waters continued to shape him.
While in college at UT-Martin, Fleet fell in love with the sounds of Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers. He began playing in bars and Honky-tonks across Tennessee and Alabama and fine tuning his skills. He started writing and performing his own songs and worked to develop his sound. He wanted to incorporate the common threads from his early country heroes, the smooth soulful blues and R&B singers and the rock n roll influences.
Larry Fleet truly has found his own voice in his writing and performing. Whether you call it a throwback to days gone by or something totally all its own, one thing is certain… It doesn’t sound like anything else!