Vannatta's music is pure & fun, appealing to audiences both young and old. His music is a mixture of country, folk and bluegrass. From Bob Dylan, the Ozarks, to Jimmy Buffet, Vannatta's music and performances will make you dance, laugh and touch your heart.
Musician, vocalist, prolific song writer; Larry Vannatta has been writing and recording professional songs, for the past twenty five years. His smooth vocal talents are clear, and distinctly his own. Association of Country Music in Alberta awards will be held January 29, 2012, Larry Vannatta has been nominated for two awards, Male Artist of the year and Fan Choice of the year. Larry received the Song Writer of the Year award by the European Country Music Association in 2011, and is past two time Canadian Juno nominee for Country Group of the Year.
Quotes "Vannattas live performances are salt of the earth, grass roots, pure entertainment."Festival Coordinator, Camron Noyes for Alberta North and South Country fairs.
Vannatta has been performing at our Calgary Stampede events for the past three years, at Shaw GMC, Sunridge Nissan, and CMP Motors. His professionalism and live performance is second to none, and he always has a great band behind him. It really has shown in our attendance with each year more and more people are come out to our events. World and Professional Chuck wagon Driver; Jason Glass
The new 12 song album Working Class Man has been completed and is available worldwide on the internet. This album has been professionaly recorded and is a full production project. Through out the worlds blue collar, working class people, so many have forgot what they do today and have done in the past for our countries and nation. With todays economy this album reflects those honest working people who have built our nation with their own two hands: farmers, ranchers, steel, contruction workers, blue collar..... "I send my personal thank you for your hard work and labour you give so freely to our great countries. God Bless you all." Larry Vannatta
Quota "Love, love, love your CD Album Working Class Man...it is really a superb cd with every song sounding spectacular! Paradise is one of my favorite tracks, Working Class Man very catchy up beat and such a honest song love your Video with this song. So many good songs to choose from, This Old Heart of Mine, great vocals to a wonderful self written song. Sixteen Tons, Faster Horse cover songs will grab the listener for sure. Can't say enough good about this album, honestly!!!" CTW Agency Nashville, TN. TNctwa@comcast.net
Larry has three pre-released song off his new album across Europe on Hillcrestcds. Country Junkie was the first radio single and it stayed on the ECMA Charts for 18 weeks and was number one for four weeks in a row. The second song Paradise stayed on the ECMA charts for 17 weeks and hit number three, as well charted in the top ten on the Deutschland Country Mag Charts. Sixteen Tons was released in late 2011 on Hillcrestcds across Europe and has aready hit the top 100 European Country Music Charts and is currently sitting at number 1 in norway, and number two in Australia and New Zealand.
Larry comes from a musical back ground that he gives full credit to his mom. When I started my first band Straight Clean & Simple, the best musician I could find was my mom, who ended up playing piano in my band for 18 years. Not too many mother, son bands that I can recall. Since those early beginnings Larry has taken those strong family values, experience and added them among with his song writing skills and musical friends. He has gained many friendships with fellow musician, peers and artist over the years and employs these musical friends in his band. I am really lucky to get to do what I love to do, write songs, play music with such great musicians and the best part is we are all family and friends.
Larry has performed many main stages shows such as, South & North Country Fairs, Big Valley (Craven Sask), Big Rocky Mountain Jamboree, David Thompson Bluegrass Fest, Pincher Creek & Willow Creek Cowboy Gathering, Calgary Stampede event, Chinook Rodeos, Private and Corporate functions, to Wedding Dances and Alberta Arts Touring Alliance functions. As well Vannatta have had tours in The Yukon(Northwest Territories), British Columbia, Sakatchewan and The Netherlands(Europe).
Ozark Mountain Dare Devils, Jimmy Buffet, Nitty Gitty Dirt Band, Allan Jackson, Marty Stuart, Bob Dylan, Marshell Tucker, Elton John, Billy Joel, Hank Jr.
If I am running a five peice band we use:
Four beta 58 mic's with boom stands, 5 stage monators, full drum right handed kit, stage amps, electric, acoustic, bass, keyboards.
Instrumentation can vary depending on the show. Country, Bluegrass, folk and Roots shows will have different instrumentations. Acoustic, electric guitars, bass, steel, harmonicas, keyboards, fiddle to drums.