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This article was taken from Country Song Roundup Annual  1973

by Joan B. Guertin

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   His biography reads that he was born in an adobe house in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Six months later the family packed up and moved to Lazbuddie, Texas. About the only thing for sure that you can say about Lazbuddie, Texas is that it is out in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of Palmer County and just up the road a piece from Muleshoe, Texas! But it is close enough to Lubbock and Amarillo to be a part of the great West Texas Tradition that produced the likes of Buddy Holly and The Crickets and Waylon Jennings and Don Bowman, and these are the folks that had influence in shaping Country Music’s brightest Star, Larry Trider.

   Growing up in Palmer County, there wasn’t an awful lot for young people to do, so kids would get together and form bands for their own amusement. Larry Trider was sixteen when his group, “Larry Trider and The Nomads” began performing around the country. Even  after each member went his own way, into other fields, Larry, with an inbred love of the music of the land, kept right on singing. Even though he grew up in an era when all types of music was the rage and Rock was King, Larry played and sang it all, but never forgot his heritage.

   His dues in the music business were paid while covering forty-two states “on the road”, from New York to Kansas City to Portland. The past four years have seen him as a frequent visitor to the very prestigious “Golden Nugget” in Las Vegas, Nevada.

   As a recording  artist, Larry has turned out some finr disc on Coral, Decca, Dot, Country Bell, and Aspen. But that all elusive “Hit” is yet to be his. But even that is just around the corner for this giant od a man. For even as this is being written, several major labels have taken more than a casual interest in what this man can produce on wax.

   Another tribute to Larry is the fact that his group, the band members who make up the strong Larry Trider  Show, are gifted who have been wit

for years. Lead man, Jimmy Prichett grew up with Larry and worked with his in some of the early Rock Groups. Over the past eight years, while attending college he went with Larry on the road.  Prichett is a brilliant  lead man when writting and arranging lend a polished and professionalism that isn’t found in too mant Country Groups.

   The past eight years have developed a communication between Larry and Jim on the bandstand that allows Jim to anticipate every move Larry makes and the result is the fantastic backup sound that strengthens the rich Trider baritone and allows him to sing with soul and feeling that is his trademark without having to worry about what the band is doing.

The rest of the group consist of Ron Eccles on Bass who also joined The Larry Trider Show eight years ago, when Larry heard him playing in a Rock group in Amarillo. Gary Beevers joined the group in 1969. His steel guitar playing is the tastiest to be heard anywhere. Newest member of the group is Curtis McBride. A young flashy Rock drummer, he dropped by a club in Lubbock, Texas to laugh at a bunch of hillbillies, stumbled into Larry Trider and became a Country Convert. He began playing with a Country group to get the feel of the music, then joined Larry’s group in 1972.

   With pride in his voice, Larry credits the band with what happens on that bandstand, conversely, with just as much pride the boys say they deliver what Larry wants. The result is the cleanest sound to be heard. They play Country the way it should be heard and they do all the things, musically, that music lovers hope to hear, but seldom do from a Country band.

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   Whenever the group plays other pickers flock to hear them and pick up some of their technique.

   But back to the bossman, Larry Trider. He’s a big man, standing six foot two inches of solid muscle. But he’s a quiet, gentle giant whose love of the people shines through with every note he sings. His dark eyes reflect the knowledge and pain of living and the music that flows from him is solid gold-plated Country Soul! And he gives of it from depths of his soul.

   His most recent engagements at the Golden Nugget immediately established him as a potential star. And the knowledgeable Golden Nugget management immediately signed him for a minimum of twelve weeks in 1974. But those who know talent are predicting a future as bright as Pride and Cash and once the marquee value is established, Larry Trider will become a familiar name on a Strip Marquee. Now it is just a matter of time.

   Another tribute to the growth and potential of Larry Trider is the fact that The George Soares Agency, one of the most progressive West Coast  booking agencies, eagerly made Larry Trider the first Country Artist on their roster. The door is now open to the world of films, television, and the coveted Fair circuit.

   So make a note, remember the name, LARRY TRIDER, A GIANT IN THE INDUSTRY.

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