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Larry Sepulvado's first CD release, "Cajun Cats, Creole Dogs" released November 6, 2009 has been, what Larry might contend as, two lifetimes in the making. Larry's Americana roots' spin on Lousiana swamp rock and cajun music fits comfortably between the outskirts of Lafayette, Louisiana and the country dance halls of Beaumont, Texas. The dictionary defines "phoenix" as.. "rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle" and, "as a person regarded as uniquely remarkable in some respect". In the over thirty years I have known Larry Sepulvado he has risen from the ashes more than once & is remarkable in several respects.
THE PHOENIX - Part 1
In 1967 he published Mother Magazine in Houston,Texas which featured the only formal interview with The 13th Floor Elevators & showcased artwork & photography by Guy Clark, who worked in the TV art department at Channel 13, repaired guitars in his garage on Castle Court, and had yet to embark on the songwriting career that led him to the country music Songwriter's Hall Of Fame in Nashville. The three issues of Mother magazine found a resting place in The University of Texas music archives and led a 19 year old Larry Sepulvado to meet a 19 year old Jann Wenner, editor of Rolling Stone magazine, in the magazine's warehouse district offices in San Francisco in the spring of 1968. Rolling Stone, still a regional music publication was, in fact, one big room in a warehouse with Wenner's office separated by a mere piece of plywood with no door! Larry wrote a cover story on Texas music for Rolling Stone issue #23 in December, 1968 with ex-patriot Doug Sahm on it's cover. More importantly the center spread photograph led to an unknown Texas albino bluesman, Johnny Winter to sign with Columbia Records for what was then the largest record contract ever given a new artist. Rolling Stone's ability to break Johnny Winter has a national artist coupled with the first piece ever on rock 'n roll groupies (think The Plaster Casters), and a incisive profile on the then political left were the leverage that led the magazine to national distribution.
Larry left behind his rock 'n roll writing career after one year as the music editor for the now defunct Houston Post daily newspaper. Newsweek magazine recognized Larry as one of the Top 10 music writers in the country.
THE PHOENIX - Part 2
While managing a record store for a national retail chain for a several years Larry assembled a staff who shared his love of country music, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and specifically Gram Parsons. When Parsons toured with Emmylou Harris to promote the release of the "GP" album in 1973, Clayton Gaskill, who created the Sin CIty patch, organized the core staff at the record store with Sin City jackets & the group descended on Liberty Hall for 4 days where Gram & Emmylou played 6 shows in the small Houston venue. A more detailed account of the weekend can be found at the following link where the Sin Patch is available for purchase: http://www.cypresscowboy.com/patchinfo.html
Briefly, the Sin City boys gave Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, and Linda Ronstadt (who came to Liberty Hall after opening for Neil Young at a larger venue) Sin CIty jackets. It was the first time Emmylou and LInda Ronstadt had met and the first song they ever sang together was "Sin City", a Flying Burrito Bros song, that Gram worked up especially for the Sin City Boys on Saturday night. Later that year Gram Parsons died & Phil Kaufman, his road manager, wearing his Sin City jacket stole Gram's body from the L.A. airport where it was being flown back to New Orleans, for burial. Kaufman burned Parson's body with Gram's Sin City jacket in Joshua Tree National Park. A movie made in 2003, "Gram Theft Parsons", recounted the incident with Johnny Knoxville wearing Kaufman's original Sin City jacket throughout the movie.
THE PHOENIX - Part 3
In 1974 Larry left for California for 8 years following the suicide of his younger brother, Lloyd, taking with him his love for Bob Wills & The Texas Playboy and Texas dance music where he developed his first songwriting efforts. Larry performed Texas dance music full time and returned to Houston in 1983. He put music aside for the next 18 years and took a job as a country & western dance instructor trainee for Exclusive Dance Club which rode to success on the heels of the Urban Cowboy mania. Larry attacked dancing with a passion where after meeting his wife, Laurie, embarked on the UCWDC World Championship dance circuit, traveling the United States, Europe, and Canada for 11 years competing, judging, and teaching. Their efforts culminated with their winning the 1997 UCWDC World Championships for C&W dancing while owning Step 'n Style dance studio in Houston. Later that year Laurie was left brain injured and with extensive physical injuries following a devastating automobile accident. The TV series Hard Copy covered the tragedy along with all three local TV stations. The Houston Chronicle did two feature stories around the trauma that included a three page Sunday feature which won the author the top medical story in Texas in 1998. Laurie lives in a nursing home today. Their son, Austin, is a prominent Houston musician, while their 13 year old daughter, Tyler, is raised by Larry's mom. Two years following Laurie's accident, Larry went to art college and spent time editing video later writing a screenplay with friend, Roy Shafer. That writing led Larry back to his first love, songwriting.
THE PHOENIX - Part 4
His songwriting resulted in numerous trips to Nashville recording with Delbert McClinton's band and on one occasion Bonnie Raitt's long time guitar player, George Marinelli & The Neville Brothers former guitar player, Shane Theriot. Larry attempted to release a CD in 2002 but unhappy with his singing he went back to work honing his performing skills in Houston. Finally, he is releasing his first CD, "Cajun Cats, Creole Dogs". Along for the ride are Grammy Award winners, the Delbert McClinton's band, steel guitarist Lloyd Maines, Rob Hajacos who has played fiddle on every Brooks & Dunn album and an array of fine Houston area music talent including backup vocals from The Hanshaws & the inimitable Loyce Washington. Larry's son, Austin Sepulvado & Matt Ellias contribute guitars, Dennis Challman steel guitar, and Brent Angle horns. Producer Randy Thomas has his own Grammy for writing the mega-hit "Butterfly Kisses". The CD is dedicated to Larry's dad who was born and raised in southern Louisiana and is a paean to the spirit of one of Larry's heroes, Tony Joe White, but with a decidedly different spice. With the phoenix on the rise again there is reason to believe Larry's best work lies before him! As he rises from the ashes grab a wing and lend an ear as Larry Sepulvado once again takes flight on another creative journey.
Written by Darren McMillian
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