Combining his roots in blues and jazz with crossover pop rock sensibility, Carlton's unmistakable sound is marked by his signature warm tone, bright melodies and soulful guitar solos. Four-time Grammy winner, "Titan of Tone" award recipient and legendary guitar great, Larry Carlton is one of the most influential, prolific and original guitarists in the industry.
Nineteen-time Grammy nominee, Four-time Grammy winner and all-time guitar great, Larry Carlton established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends. His studio credits include musicians and groups like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others (VIEW LIST). He went on to perform with the Crusaders and then with the multi platinum jazz super group Fourplay. With 38 albums to his credit and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans three decades.
Additionally Larry received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player magazine at the historical Ryman Auditorium; was presented the "Titan of Tone" award from Premier Guitar Magazine at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a star on the Rock Walk of Fame on June 3, 1999. Larry's recent Grammy Nominations include Best Pop Instrumental Album for his "Greatest Hits Rerecorded - Volume One" released by 335 Records in 2009; and Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Fortune Teller" from Fourplay's Energy also in 2009.
In February 2010 Larry Carlton announced that after having had the distinct privilege of performing 12 years with Fourplay he has decided to take his leave to delve further into his solo career. (Press Release) As Larry looks to the future he is excited about all of the new projects that he is working on and looks forward to sharing them with his loyal fans. One can be sure that Larry will continue to deliver great music that will inspire generations to come and live up to the quality that they have come to expect from him.
In 2011 Larry went on to received his 4th Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album award for 'Take Your Pick'. He also received the George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Canadian Wave Awards; was named One of the 10 Greatest-Ever Session Guitarists by Gibson; and Guitar Player magazine lists "Kid Charlemagne" as one of the Most Influential Rock Solos Ever!