Jean Larie

I was born and raised on my family's farm in southwest Nebraska. I was the only girl in the family, but had a brother 4 years older. Because we lived 18 miles from town, I didn’t really have girl friends until I went to a middle school about 15 miles away. Always hiked around the hills around the farm with my white Husky, Tippy. I guess I was sort of a dreamer.

I studied organ as a kid, but started playing guitar with friends around the campfire, mostly after a night of partying. A good night was when we started playing before midnight. I can still play those songs by heart, the Eagles “Lying Eyes”, Bob Dylan “Tangled Up In Blue”, Jerry Jeff Walker “Cowboy's Lullaby”, Ozark Mtn Daredevils “It’ll Shine When It Shines”, the Beatles“In My Life”.

I moved to Vail, Colorado in 1974 the summer right after high school. I couldn’t wait to get out on my own. "Rocky Mountain High" from John Denver became my own personal motto. I then moved to Minturn, Colorado in 1976 with my best friend, and married Hawkeye in 1978. Didn’t play a lot of guitar in those years because of children #1, 2 & 3 born from 1980 – 1987.

Didn’t really pick up the guitar seriously until 2000 when I got the idea of putting my poems to music. At the time I worked at a little Mom and Pop, Art, Office and Gift Shop. First song that got me started was “the Scully’s song”, I wrote for the Scully’s Christmas party in December that year. After that I was hooked, couldn’t get enough songwriting and still can’t.

I played a lot of guitar with my friend, Steve Crim who also worked at Scully’s. He was a Texan, one of those guys who always has a story for everything. He was more the musician and I was the song writer, we made a good duet until he moved to Austin in 2008. He passed away this June and I’ll forever miss him. I always thought we would make more music together.

Musical influences were of course all the 70’s bands and songwriters: the Beatles, Rolling Stones, my favorite, Led Zepplin, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joan Biaz, Paul Simon, Jimi Hendrix, Guess Who. Influences from today include, Amos Lee, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Sheryl Crow, Patty Griffith . I love all kinds of music and I love when someone takes their own path, creating something unconventional.

My songs are really hard to classify mostly because I don’t want to be pigeon holed. I want to be free to write whatever strikes a chord at any particular time. Most of my songs are dreamy like a poem that brings a certain scene into your mind.

I write a lot in the morning, I think it is the best time of day, your mind is fresh and still able to reach into that dream state you just left. I particularly love Sunday morning when it seems like the cares of the real world aren’t even in the picture. 

A Little of This, A Little of That

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