Little By Little
Larry Latour has been bringing his own personal brand of contemporary folk music to folk sings and coffeehouses in the Mid-Maine area since moving to Maine in 1985. He writes songs in the traditional folk spirit, singing about family, friendship, struggle, and a few cats thrown in for good measure. His CD Little by Little is a collection of twelve of his original works, and is a window into his musical soul. Larry grew up in New York City during the '60's and '70's. Musicians such as Carol King, Gordon Lightfoot, and James Taylor strongly influenced his music, and he spent many hours around college campfires playing their songs. But it was a trip aboard the schooner Harvey Gamage in 1982 that was the greatest influence on his musical life. 'A young Maine schooner captain by the name of Will Gates taught me a wonderful collection of old and new sea chanties and folk songs, introducing me to the music of Maine and the sea, and showing me the way to true folk music. For the first time I wrapped myself around the lyrics of songs, finding a much deeper meaning in the music I'd already been playing.' Little by little Larry and his music evolved together, and it was the Mid-Maine coffeehouse scene in the '90's that encouraged him to begin writing and performing his own music. Larry began working on and refining his songs and performances at a number of wonderfully supportive open mike venues. His album Little by Little contains songs introduced and perfected at those coffeehouses, and expounds on the beauty of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the strange sensation of eating alone in a Restaurant, the rantings of an old protest singer, and the inadequacies of an unhandy husband. Larry is a faculty member in the University of Maine Department of Computer Science in Orono, Maine. He lives there with his wife Leslie and their four cats. Needless to say, things are a little tight.