Country Music Explosion:Thanks for doing this interview, Let's first start off by giving us a little background of your life, then we can proceed to the rest of the interview

Larry Clark:I was born semi-rural in Columbus GA. Mid teens my Family moved to Polk County FL to be near to my Mother's parents. I finished high school in Bartow FL. I was an ardent reader till I reached my teens. Then I discovered cars and girls and how easy they came together. After Graduation, I joined the U.S.Navy, which I what I'd planned to do since I was a small boy. 20 years Navy, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. I did 2 tours in Vietnam with the Naval Advisory Group, in-country, and as a result, I am 100% disabled, mainly from injury and Agent Orange.
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Country Music Explosion:When did you start writing about music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?

Larry Clark:Started writing poetry in my teens. Didn't start making songs with my poetry until mid 60s.Recorded my first original songs in 1980. Always been a C&W fan. Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash,Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write about music?

Larry Clark:Memories, family, experiences.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your journalistic work and/or career?

Larry Clark:Having a song of mine, recorded by me, be in the Cashbox Hot 100.
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Country Music Explosion:How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city/state you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you're actually writing about?

Larry Clark:90% C&W, 10% other. Perfect for me as a C&W songwriter.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to music journalism, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a writer?

Larry Clark:Having my songs covered by name artists.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new piece?

Larry Clark:I write the poem first.
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, information gathering and fact-checking in general?

Larry Clark:No research. I write from my mind.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you see the role of music journalism in the creative process? Should it amplify public taste, distinguish the good from the bad, inform, promote artists, or, as Howard Mandel put it, “illuminate, educate and entertain” readers? Do you feel that, as part of your work, music needs to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”?

Larry Clark:“inexplicable nature"
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Country Music Explosion:Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are presenting both listeners and artists with challenging questions. What's your view on the value of music today?

Larry Clark:Don't like where it's heading.
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start playing?

Larry Clark:My early 20s, U.S.Navy, boredom.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Larry Clark:In my career, I've played guitar, bass, keyboard, harmonica.
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Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Larry Clark:"Wildwood Flower" didn't everyone?
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Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?

Larry Clark:To some extent, 3 uncles played instruments.
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Country Music Explosion:Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities.

Larry Clark:A Sister, 2 sons, 3 Grandaughters play instruments. None in my direct ancestry.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Larry Clark:Jim Reeves, vocal, Doc Watson, guitar.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Larry Clark:I've picked up many tips for known artists, both personally and some just watching them play.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you play any instruments, if so which ones?

Larry Clark:In my career, I've played guitar, bass, keyboard, harmonica.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Larry Clark:Learning the favorite old songs of my Parents and Grandparents, then playing the songs for them.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Larry Clark:C&W, 30s, 40s, 50s.
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Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's?

Larry Clark:George Strait, Alan Jackson, Asleep at the Wheel, Anything Bluegrass.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?

Larry Clark:1990, 1st place, Senior Male Artist, won a recording session in Nashville.
2013, elected to Independent Superstars Songwriter Hall of Fame.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV. online?

Larry Clark:Not any more. I will do Karaoke, and occasionally, watching a band I know, they'll ask me to get up and sing a couple of songs.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you in a band or a solo artist, if your in a band, what is the name of it

Larry Clark:Solo Artist
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Larry Clark:Sing through it. or joke,
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Larry Clark:Not a lot. After almost 50 years performing, I can handle anything.
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Larry Clark:Don't let it get you down, it's going to happen, more than once. Live with it.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?
Larry Clark:No.
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Larry Clark:Only on demos, getting ready for studio.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

Larry Clark:New tunes.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends, family, job?

Larry Clark:I'm retired, 100% disabled Vietnam Vet.
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Country Music Explosion:are you currently looking to be signed to a label?

Larry Clark:No.
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Country Music Explosion:can your music be purchased?

Larry Clark:Yes. Amazon, ITunes, Reverbnation, CD Baby.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have social media accounts where fans can reach out to you?

Larry Clark:Facebook, Larry Clark, or Ellemsee Music.
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Country Music Explosion:are you currently doing gigs? if so where?

Larry Clark:No.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to your music, Do you have one that You're most proud of? If so what is the name of it?

Larry Clark:"Satan in Satin" 4 weeks Cashbox Hot 100.
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Country Music Explosion:Which of your song's do you feel most people can relate to?

Larry Clark::Christina's Song" a personal story.
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Country Music Explosion:Can you tell us the story behind the songs mentioned above?

Larry Clark:"Satan in Satin", I wrote about my wife and her 2 personas. Loving wife at home and party girl when we go out.
"Christina's Song" is for my Granddaughter Christina Gates, who is a 2 time survivor of childhood cancer at 8 and again at 10. Many families can relate to family members having cancer.
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This Conclude the interview.Thanks For reading