Gary Karlsrud’s musical roots sprout out in all directions. His influences come from a life with its fair share of detours. From halls of university music buildings to playing at Korean bars, Gary has definitely had a chance to widen his perspective. And he wouldn’t change a thing.
Gary began playing bass in 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 learned some of the finer points of groove. He finished school and moved to Boston where he joined the underground band Big Clock. Soon there was record deal, airplay, touring, and the inevitable break up. After locating in NJ, Gary played for years with long-time friends in the power-trios Fashion Heros and Sonic Blenders. Recently that era unexpectedly ended, and Gary had a cache of unrecorded songs. He has now set out to deliver the goods as a solo artist.
With forays into Jazz, Blues, Funk, R&B, and Alternative Rock, Karlsrud has finally found his inner power-chord. Having landed in New Hope PA, new friendships with talented musicians are now fueling new collaboration and rendering stunning results. The new music is a product of pulse, rhythm and grind. With lyrics that are an observation of life. A listener might find someone they know in the narrative of the songs.