Academy of Country Music award-winning artist Larry Park grew up right here in Placerville, California. Larry comes from strong roots in the bluegrass field, growing up listening to his father, Bluegrass Pioneer Ray Park, and to his father’s band, “Vern and Ray.”
In 1972 and 1973, Larry won the Coloma Jr. Division Old Time Fiddle Championship. Larry’s father Ray Park won the state fiddle championship in 1973.
Larry played in the band “The Lenzmen” in the 1970’s, all around El Dorado County.
Moving to Los Angeles in the 1980’s, Larry founded the band Boy Howdy. The band had four “Top Ten” records in the early 1990’s, including “She’d Give Anything” and “A Cowboy’s Born With a Broken Heart.”
Three of the band’s singles made it to the “Top Five” on the Billboard charts, and the band had a “Number One” video on both CMT and TNN.Boy Howdy won an Academy of Country Music award in 1990 for “Best Band (Non-Touring),” meaning the band won the award before they were even signed to a record label. In 1993, the band was nominated by the ACM “Vocal Group of the Year.”
In the July, 2008 issue of Guitar World Magazine, Larry was named one of “The 50 Fastest Guitar Players of All Time.”
Larry has performed and recorded with former Byrds bassist Chris Hillman and the multi-talented Herb Pederson. He also played on the last Desert Rose Band album, “Till It’s Over.”