Saturday, August 29, 7:30pm, Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN - w/Gear Grinders
Sunday, August 30, 7:30pm, Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN - w/Gear Grinders
Wednesday, September 09, 6pm, 331 Club - Minneapolis, MN - Crankshaft (solo)
Saturday, September 12, 9pm Russell's Bar and Grille - Annandale, MN - Crankshaft (solo)
Friday, September 18, 7:30pm, Goatridge Brewing Co. - New London, MN - w/Gear Grinders
Friday, September 25, 8pm, Hard Rock Cafe Mall Of America - Bloomington, MN - w/Gear Grinders
Saturday, September 26, Private Party
Friday, October 23, 8pm, Norm's Wayside Rest - Buffalo, MN - w/Gear Grinders
Saturday, November 28, 9pm Russell's Bar and Grille - Annandale, MN - w/Gear Grinders
8-10-2015 --- I decided to take a pretty big risk, I'll be investing my own money to press 500 records in gate-fold jackets with a 28 page booklet on one side and the vinyl record on the other. My fingers are crossed, hopefully I can sell 200 copies between Thanksgiving and Christmas so I can break even on the initial investment. Thanks for the support everyone, you pushed me towards this decision with the overwhelming responses to my Facebook post last week, you all are rad!
Hey everybody, Sorry it's been a while since my last update, I've been burning the wick from both ends so to speak. I've finished my time recording and mixing the upcoming studio album (Nov.2015 Release), and it's in the process of being mastered as I'm typing this update. All of the tracks were mastered to 1/4" reel to reel tape, from there it will be cut straight to vinyl making this a 100% analog release, a practice that has dropped off the map since the early 90's. The album will be release on Itunes and on CD as well, BUT if you buy the vinyl copy it will be totally free of zeros and ones!
3-31-2015 --- All of the tracks have been cut for the 2015 album, during April I'll be co-mixing the songs with Jeremy Johnson in his home studio in North St.Paul. This album is being produced in 100% Analog fashion, recorded on 16 channel two inch tape, bounced to 1/4" master tape, then it's being cut straight to 12" vinyl, as well as CD and MP3. I've collaborated with some pretty heavy hitters on this release including Davina Sowers of Davina and the Vagobonds, and Bruce McCabe who co-wrote Johnny Lang's "Lie To Me" album. This album will include 13 new original Crankshaft songs and is set to be released sometime in November.
11-14-2014 --- I'm happy to announce that I've slotted eight days for the recording studio in December! I've got 14 new songs written, arranged and ready to be recorded, I have one more song to write from scratch. I'll be recording with three different drummers for this release, Pete Hennig, George Marich, and Victor Span. Each of them bring a different bag of tricks to the table and I'm super stoked to be working with the three of them! Three of the new songs will have horn arrangements, one with backup singers, and I'll be playing harmonica on two of the songs. I'm confident that this will be my strongest release yet, the songwriting was two years in the making. 2015 is gonna be a wonderful year!
Old News --- Little blurps like above but from the past.
Photos --- Photos from past performances, tours, and art projects.
Flyers --- Promo art of the past.
Past Performances --- When was that?! All shows going back to 2010.
Fan Comments --- Flattering or funny comments from the past.
Email Updates --- Updates archive, going back to January, 2011.
Released February, 2013 - 4,000 Pressed
What You Gonna Do?
12 New Original Songs!
Phtoto by Tiffany Smith
Phtoto by Tiffany Smith
"What You Gonna Do?" Hymies Top Ten Records of 2013 - 12/28/2013 - HymiesRecords.com
Crankshaft's the real deal. He's one quarter honky tonk, one quarter rockabilly, and one quarter rhythm and blues. The last quarter is pure @#%ing awesome. When he sings “there won't be a dog asleep in this town” there's no reason to doubt it — His act is filled with swagger and smarm in just the right proportions. What You Gonna Do? leans a little towards the hotel lounge acts from the seventies we love to feature here on the Hymie's blog when their records turn up, mostly in that it tries to showcase a wide variety. The thing is that Crankshaft is one of those old fashioned showmen who can actually deliver — want a little heavy blues? Gotcha. Want to hold your sweetheart for the next number? Gotcha (check out “Waiting for Me” for a little closing time pull at your heartstrings). Want to hear a song about a guy filling up a Cadillac with cement? Gotcha.
Yeah, there's that too. Who else could write “Fill it Up,” probably the funnest song to come out of Minnesota this year — and then produce and direct an even funnier video?! (read more)
Alex "Crankshaft" Larson Music Video Review - 11/3/2013 - NanoBotRock.com
Three videos have been made for songs [from What You Gonna Do?], and as an added bonus in my opinion, they also happen to be my three favorite tracks on the album. “Waiting For Me,” “Kingpin” and “Fill It Up” were all three produced, directed and edited by Alex which, admittedly, immediately made me a little wary. I mean, on the TV show “Survivorman” Les Stroud did EVERYTHING on that show, and only one of them was done well – surviving. Fortunately for everyone, it turns out Alex is not only a damn fine guitarist, singer / song-writer and performer, but seems to know his way around making a video as well.
Alex "Crankshaft" Larson Q&A + Music Video Backstory - 9/21/2013 - RippleMusic.BlogSpot.com
Some months ago, by chance I was introduced to a band I probably would ignore if I had seen their latest release, What You Gonna Do? in a record store. Simply because I wouldn't look in "that" section - I only look in the hard rock and heavy metal section usually. However, since I received a promo copy for a possible review I listened to it and Crankshaft And The Gear Grinders from Anoka County, Minnesota had me hook, line and sinker. The band is the brainchild of Alex "Crankshaft" Larson and after a great conversation with the man I knew I had to share it with you all. So sit back and enjoy the story of a man with a distinct musical vision and how you turn prize money into three excellent videos.
Alex "Crankshaft" Larson Q&A - 8/26/2013 - ImperfectlyDistinguished.com
Q: I love that you perform wearing a suit and slicked back hair, very classy. What inspires the look that you have?
A: When I'm dressing up I'm paying homage to all of the greats that did so in the golden era of music, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Link Wray, The Ventures, The Sonics, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the list goes on, and on. Also, I believe that it's a statement about how serious I take my role as a performer. It's my job to entertain people, and looking sharp should go hand in hand with that.
Alex "Crankshaft" Larson interview - 7/18/2013 - TheCurrent.org
"What You Gonna Do?" Album Review - 7/6/2013 - Flyin' Shoes Reviews
The style touches on swing and some pretty hard-rocking stuff whilst that skuzzy, muddy sound is there throughout in glorious fashion. There's a whole stack of extra instrumentation beefing things up – horns, sax, piano and organ being particularly evident – but they never stray far from the sound the three man band can reproduce live. (read more)
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders Live Review - 6/4/2013 - Eshac.com
Words can not fully articulate how amazing they are live. What they can do is something spiritual. They bring rockabilly way back to its roots (I'm talking Jerry Lee Lewis here), all way into the 21st century and lose none of it in translation. Throw in some rock and blues into the mix, and you get Crankshaft. Seeing them perform these songs live makes want to get down on my knees and praise the music gods for their existence. If I had my way, they would be bigger than Elvis, and hopefully one day they will be.
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