Reidar Larsen ble født i Oslo i 1955, flyttet til Stavanger 5 år gammel og har bodd der siden. Som sønn av en pianobygger/-tekniker/-stemmer var det vel nærmest naturlig å ta pianotimer fra ca. 7 års alderen.

Dette la fundamentet for å bli med på banddannelse på ungdomsskolen omkring 1968, og første "offisielle" spillejobb i Stavanger 17. mai 1970. På denne tiden ble også en særlig interesse for bluestradisjonen vekket, først gjennom engelske bluesbaserte band, og etterhvert gjennom anskaffelsen av "svarte amerikanske" plateutgivelser. Deretter fulgte diverse band innen både pop, rock og dansemusikk, og perioder som både halv- og helprofesjonell musiker. For eksempel ble året 1974 preget av første plateinnspilling med pop- og dansebandet Staccato, samt medvirkning til oppstarten av Stavangerensemblet.

I dag snakker vi om 12 egne albumutgivelser, hvorav to registrerte gullplater, medvirkning på en rekke andre utgivelser og ca. 100 konserter årlig gjennom mange år. Og kanskje har det ikke vært mer oppmerksomhet og positiv respons enn akkurat nå...

 

IN ENGLISH:

Reidar Larsen & The Storytellers – Norway’s Best Kept Secret!

In his home country, blues pianist, vocalist and songwriter Reidar Larsen, with a musical career going back to the mid 1970s, has long been known as ‘Mr Blues’. With a voice and style that defy his Nordic roots - more New Orleans than Norway – Reidar has recorded 12 albums (with 3 Gold awards) since his 1982 debut ‘I’m A Bluesman’ and since the mid 1980s has also built up a solid repertoire of original material with his long-time lyric partner Tony Burton. 

Born in Oslo in 1955, the son of a piano builder/tuner, it was fairly natural that Reidar’s fascination with the instrument began at an early age with lessons from age 7, and an early diet of albums by the British blues exponents of the 1960s, The Animals, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac and Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack. Many of these albums were supervised by legendary UK blues producer Mike Vernon who also produced Reidar’s 2nd album ‘Red, White & Blues’.

A collaboration between Fleetwood Mac and pianist Otis Spann particularly appealed to the nimble fingered young Larsen who was soon checking out the likes of Eddie Boyd, Champion Jack Dupree, Memphis Slim and Professor Longhair.

Reidar is a highly respected musician working with numerous Norwegian artists, and a much in demand Piano Man for touring blues stars supporting such names as Lowell Fulson and Peter Green. In addition to his 10 studio albums, Reidar has also recorded 2 live sets at New York’s legendary Cotton Club with the venue’s own gospel sensation, Anne Sinclair and The Spirit Of Love Singers with whom Reidar and the band have also toured Scandinavia on several occasions. He often makes guest appearances on other acts albums and features on 4 tracks on the latest set by Louisiana Red. 

Long recognized as one of the finest Blues acts in Scandinavia, Reidar & The Storytellers, his regular band since 1997, are in big demand and play over 100 gigs a year.

Reidar Larsen: Keyboards, vocals
Arne R. Skage jr: Guitars
Kyrre J. Sætran: Bass
Knut Hem: Drums


In 2006, Reidar concluded a 24 year relationship with Universal Norway and launched his own label, Blue Fingers – for the first release, ‘Crossing’, he joined forces with slide guitarist Roy Rogers. Reidar’s 2009 album has been nominated for a Spellemann - Norway’s equivalent of a Grammy Award. With a new studio under construction, and a bunch of new songs ready to go, plans are well under way for a new album expected in the fall of 2010.

For a career retrospective covering the years 1982 – 2003 check out ‘Mr Blues Is Coming To Town’ (Universal, Norway) and other albums available at Amazon.com

…then check to see if Reidar Larsen & The Storytellers are coming to a town near you!