Original Songs 1976-2001
Singer / Songwriter LARRY MANGUM has logged nearly 3000 performances over the last 4 decades as a folk, rock, country and Americana artist. It's not optional for Larry to play music-it's genetic! For over 100 years somebody from Larry's North Carolina family has been playing. Larry's Grandfather, Benton Drye, was a famous fiddle player; Uncle Homer Briarhopper was a radio fixture on WBT Charlotte in the 1930's and had a career on T.V., radio and night clubs for 50 years; Uncle Crawford Drye followed a similar path and added country comedian to the resume as Grandpappy Millsap; sister Kate, Larry's Mom, is a fine singer/guitarist and was also Randy Travis' guitar teacher! Larry has taken it one step further and added songwriter to the family resume and has released 4 albums of original music since 1980 with number 5 now in the works. His song 'Ain't It Great To Be Alive & Be In Florida' has been a feature at the Florida Folk Festival and has been performed by many of his fellow performers. It has also been the 'fight' song for the Florida Jaycees for the last two decades. Larry Co-wrote the Lee Greenwood single 'Who's That Knocking'. The late great country singer and founder of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Gary Buck, recorded two of Larry's songs, 'I Guess I Do' and ' We're Going Out Dancing Tonight' and 'Gramma's Purple Flowers' is a crowd favorite everywhere. Larry excels at adapting his music to the situation, and performs solo, duo, and trio-up to a full Western Swing band called 'The Cowboy Orchestra'. His band was twice named 'Best Country Band' in North Florida and South Georgia in the 1990's. His original music is influenced by legendary musical heroes like Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, Hank Williams Sr., John Denver, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Dwight Yoakam, The Eagles, Gordon Lightfoot and John Prine. Larry's concert appearances with music legends are too many to mention but some highlights include the late Waylon Jennings, The Texas Playboys, Billy Joe Shaver, Vasser Clements, Ray Price, Martina McBride, Juice Newton, Steve Young, and Alabama. After years of high quality performances at festivals, country clubs, fairs and honky tonks, Larry Mangum has become one of the premiere performers in North Florida and South Georgia!