Larry Harwood: Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Songwriter:
Larry Harwood is a bassist and vocalist from Seattle Wa. who has had the privilege to play with many amazing musicians both local nationally and internationally known.
Larry started on guitar when he was 5 but never really took it very far after learning a few chords and songs one night while listening to his new uncle try to show his dad in the other room one night. He walked in and said “is this right?” as he started playing songs like “Pipeline”& Ghost Riders In The Sky”. Needless to say they were amazed.
Larry learned a few more things on guitar but at that time. Even though he pictured himself playing music he never pictured himself as a guitarist but he knew he’d know when he found it.
He’s always been a singer but early on his only vocal performances were in the car driving down the street strangely his family never discouraged him even though he was pretty sure it annoyed them.
8th grade was a huge turning point in his life. He decided to take a choir class and he really enjoyed it until his dads divorce had him move to his moms house in Shoreline Wa.(considered north Seattle at the time).
His new schools music program was a lightyears better than his previous one. For 1 thing it had an actual voice instructor as a choir teacher and not a band teacher who also had a choir class. Now he really started to excel vocally and started to gain confidence singing in front of people.
Every few weeks he would visit his dad and it was during a visit he noticed a strange looking guitar and amp in the corner. It looked like a guitar but bigger and only had 4 thick strings. His dad told him it was a Bass and handed it to him. The second it touched his fingers he instantly knew where his life was going.
Larry joined his first band at 14 with some guys he had met through a common friend. The started playing AC/DC Judas Priest and Scorpion covers and we’re sounding good but what set this band apart from other bands was they had a 15yo singer who could sing all of those songs really well and that inspired Larry to really push himself to be able to play bass while singing even higher harmonies.
In time the members of that band started 3 bands that singlehandedly ushered in a new form of metal into Seattle called “Thrash” with the bands Coven, Forced Entry and Bleeder.
Larry was the original bass player for all 3 bands but Bleeder was his band. In this band he was the singer bassist and chief songwriter.
Bleeder called it quits in March of 89’. At that time Larry was working on getting a degree in broadcasting and as a DJ at a few bars and strip clubs so being in a band took back seat for about a year.
It was during that time Grunge took over the world and he saw a lot of his friends become huge.
This time also saw another major change in his life. While working as a DJ one night he was approached by a cover band looking for a singing bass player and as soon as he joined he began touring the NW Us region and BC Canada playing 5-7 nights per week.
Larry didn’t start playing original music again until he was asked by Roger Fisher (guitarist for Heart, Alias, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) to join his band.
Within days after Roger calling him he was shooting videos doing interviews recording and just hanging out with Roger and brother Mike Fisher. Larry said that he learned a vast amount in a very short time from Roger but after a few months Roger and his brother Micheal were thinking about going a different direction without Larry and most of the band but Larry still works with Roger from time to time and is still considered part of the Fisher Brothers- Human Tribe team.
Within days after Larry’s departure from Rogers project Perry (Dillard) contacted him about joining One Gun Shy!!!
When not playing with OGS Larry is constantly playing with many other bands as a “fill-in” bassist, vocalist or both. Most of the time he does these shows with very little notice and usually without rehearsals.
Larry has a natural ability to blend in and find missing harmonies and his just “jump in and ROCK” mentality has gotten him gig after gig. Larry has a top notch reputation and is well respected by all who have played with him regardless of style or genre. Although he prefers to rock out he is well versed and has (on a moments notice) jumped in and played rock, dance, funk, disco, country, punk, alternative big band and of course metal.
“When I was looking for a bass player who can also sing one name came up… Larry Harwood. “
interview with Render Edge Media
“Whenever I’m on tour or out of town I trust Larry to handle my business with the same professionalism dedication and respect as I do.”
(Bad Company, Paul Rogers, Heaven and Earth)
“When I’m playing in or around Seattle I’ll only play with 2 bass players Lynn(Sorensen) or Larry. If there’re not available I can’t do it.”
People Larry’s played with;
Roger Fisher (Heart)
Jeff Kathan (Paul Rogers)
Lynn Sorensen (Paul Rogers, Bad Co)
Roni Lee (solo artist, Runaways)
Golds McJohn (Steppenwolf)
Mike Derosier (Heart, Richard, Marx Alias)
Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
Layne Staley (Alice In Chains)
Sean Kenny (Alice In Chains)
Scott Moughton (Operation Mindcrime)
Maurice Bailey (George Benson,Kenny G)
Jim Brady (The Sonics)
Brad Hull (Forced Entry, Sanctuary)
Steve Unger (Metal Church)
Ronny Munroe (Metal Church, T.S.O.)
Cordell Crockett (Ugly Kid Joe)
Joe Shikany (Paul Rogers)
Some of the bands Larry’s opened for
Soundgarden- Cheep Trick- Styx- Loverboy- Quiet Riot- Doyle- Stryper- The Knack- Tommy Tutone- Blue Oyster Cult- Faster Pussycat- DRI-
1981 Yamaha BB1200s custom green
1983 Yamaha BB1200s custom red
Yamaha BB614 fretless
91’ Fender US Jazz black (very worn)
Geddy Lee Fender Jazz Jap. black
86’ Spector N5A black (worn)
Spector Euro 5 LX cherry burst
Gibson Thunderbird Alpine white w/polkadots
2010 Gidloff custom LH-1
Ovation GCXT US candy red w/flames
Ibanez RG350 Jap. purple
Epiphone SG(neck) Les Paul(body)
2 SVT Classic tube heads
1 PF500 (back up/small gigs)
2 SVT 8X10 cabs
1 SVT 410HLF 4X10
Line 6 POD HD500X
2 Audio Technica wireless
1 Sennheiser wireless
Behringer line mixer
Mackie DL1608 mixer
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4
Event Tria studio monitors
AKG P420 condenser microphone