Named one of the "Top 10 Best Acoustic Music Artists of the Decade" by the International Acoustic Music Awards, Larry Pattis has been a featured headline performer at such illustrious venues as the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium stage in Washington, DC. A winner of numerous awards, in 2008 was awarded First Prize for "Best Instrumental" in the IAMA competition.
The folks at Godfrey Daniels (Bethlehem, PA) describe Larry Pattis' guitar music as "Simply brilliant. Simply beautiful."
Yet, beyond the words and accolades, in his listening to his superb recordings or experiencng the magic of a live concert, Pattis succeeds in merging styles of instrumental guitar music not normally found together in the same room. Both Folk and Classical styles seem to be fully represented within Larry's playing and compositions, and although devoted to the emotive side of the instrument, he demonstrates considerable technical prowess. His musical vision is a blending of beauty with technique, bringing forth the many voices that the steel guitar can manifest. Like that of classical guitar masters, Pattis' music is filled with strong melodic content and rich harmonic counterpoint, supported by moving, evocative rhythms and he allows the experiences of life to influence his writing. His pieces are inspired by his relationships to places and friends, but also to the strong emotions we all have in common.