Gary Karlsrud’s musical roots sprout out in all directions. His influences come from a life of adventurous detours. From halls of university music buildings to playing at Korean bars, Gary has been able to widen his perspective. And he wouldn’t change a thing.
Karlsrud began playing bass in grade school, and all seemed jazz until he moved to Honolulu on student exchange and stayed for an extra year. He was working at a music store and was recruited by a local funk band, where he started to learn the finer points of groove. He went back to Colorado, finished school and left to travel the world playing bass on cruise ships. A year later he moved to Boston when the city was becoming a focal point for new music. He eventually joined the underground alternative band Big Clock. Soon there was record deal, airplay, touring, and after 3 years the band broke up.
With a long, winding path through Jazz, Blues, Funk, R&B, and Rock, Karlsrud has come to find his inner power-chord. New collaboration with talented musicians is now rendering songs with a diverse collection of musical styles and lyrics that are an observation of life.