Alex "Crankshaft" Larson, is "one of those old fashioned showmen who can actually deliver." - Hymies Records. His style is heavily rooted in rock 'n' roll, blues, country, and soul, that "could not have been imagined prior to the early punk scene," as described by Dig In Magazine. Crankshaft is "one of the best and most interesting roots, rock and blues acts playing around town these days." - Cities 97. Rock solid original material, dedicated fans, and his 21st century twist on the American roots have pushed him near the top of the crowded Minneapolis music scene.


Booking & Press Info


Open to the public!
Thursday, May 26th, 7pm
Crankshaft (solo)
Lincoln Elementary
Anoka, MN


Brews n' Buses: St. Paul Brewery Bus Crawl
Saturday, May 28th, 2:00pm
Crankshaft (solo)
Wabasha Brewing
St.Paul, MN


Sunday, May 29th, 8pm
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders opening for:
The Legendary Shack Shakers
Memory Lanes Block Party
Minneapolis, MN


Friday, June 3rd, 7pm
Crankshaft (solo)
KBEK'S Wiese Auditorium
Tickets at
Braham, MN


Saturday, June 4th
Private Party


Saturday, June 4th, 9pm
10k Brewery
Anoka, MN


Friday, June 10th, 7:30pm
Crankshaft (solo)
Goat Ridge Brewery
New London, MN


Saturday, June 11th, 6pm
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Albertville Days
Albertville, MN


Wednesday, June 15th, 5:30pm
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
St. Paul, MN


Saturday, June 18th, 9pm, $10
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
+ The Plott Hounds CD Release Party!
Fine Line Music Cafe
Minneapolis, MN


Sunday, June 19th, 11am
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Psycho Suzies
Minneapolis, MN


Saturday, June 25th
Private Party


Wednesday, June 29th
Crankshaft (solo)
W/Heavy Set (CD Release)
Ice House
Minneapolis, MN


Saturday, July 9th
Private Party


Friday, July 15th, 7pm
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Riversong Music Fest.
Hutchinson, MN


Saturday, July 16th, 5:30pm
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Fest.
Minneapolis, MN


Saturday, July 23rd, 8pm
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Dallas House
St. Croix Falls, WI



2-7-2016 --- I received an awesome review for my new album from writer Fred Mills of Blurt Magazine! Fred was chief editor of Harp Magazine in the early 2000's which was sighted by critics and fans as the Mojo magazine of the United States. (review)

Old News --- Little blurps from the past.

Past Performances --- When was that?! All shows going back to 2010.

Discography --- Crankshaft's past releases going back to 2009



Tied to the World Behind Me
Released November, 2015

14 Original Songs
I Can't Take It (music video)
Gotta Run
Let Me Be
The Right Dress
Eatin' Chili
Loose Cannon
We're On Fire
Any Other Way (music video)
Boxed and Charred
Fit For Flyin'
Made To Race

Vinyl or CD (Includes S&H)

What You Gonna Do?
Released February, 2013

12 Original Songs
When the Sun Goes Down
Dancin' In The Dirt
Trail Of Tears
Kingpin (music video)
I Wanna Play
Waiting For Me (music video)
Earthquake Shake
Let Me Love You
Don't Leave
Fill It Up (music video)
Barkin' Up The Wrong Tree

Vinyl or CD (Includes S&H)



"Tied to the World Behind Me" album review - 12/22/2015 -

One of those from-out-of-the-blue records, Tied to the World Behind Me is only the third full-length from Minneapolis roots-rocker Larson but it carries the unmistakable scent of a performer who can claim “veteran” status without any hint of hubris. Where did this cat come from and why haven't we heard of him before now? More to the point: what are YOU gonna do now that you've heard of him? He is unquestionably the real deal, and although he's touted as a big deal on the Twin Cities blues scene, that's far too limiting a description. Larson has his toes dipped into multiple genres, from the aforementioned blues, boogie, soul and funk to full-tilt indie rock and just plain unhinged garage stomp. (read more)
By - Fred Mills


"What You Gonna Do?" Hymies Top Ten Records of 2013 - 12/28/2013 -

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 interview - 7/18/2013 -

I already knew Crankshaft was an engaging performer, just last month, I watched him tear through a set at Bunker's in front of a whooping crowd, his black, slicked-back hair flying through the air as he assaulted his guitar. But what I didn't realize was that he's also quite insightful and charming off stage, and he speaks eloquently about everything from the roots of punk rock to his hometown of St. Francis, Minnesota. (read more)
- by Andrea Swensson


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