Biographical Information
Grand Rapids Show, 1999

I was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1950 and was part of the rock scene there in the 60's.  I played guitar in a band called the Shadows and we opened for The Lovin' Spoonful, The Turtles, The Young Rascals, etc.  We backed Lou Christie on one southern tour.   For more information on the Nashville Shadows see this link.

I recall the Bradley's Barn, Chet Atkins / RCA, and Columbia Studio 'B' era, Shelby Singleton's first 16-track studio in town, and a lot of other stuff (like almost running over Bob Dylan and Charlie McCoy on 18th Avenue late one night after a club gig).

In the 70's I decided against a musical career and became a synthetic organic chemist for The Upjohn Company (now owned by Pfizer) in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

I started playing steel and dobro in 1972 and felt my 'roots' coming back to me.  In Michigan, I've played with numerous (mostly weekend) bands and have opened for Eddie Rabbit, the Oak Ridge Boys, Highway 101, Pirates of the Mississippi, etc.  

I've played steel guitar concerts with Buddy Emmons, Maurice Anderson, Jimmie Crawford, and others.  My 'day job' became more and more computer oriented and I became responsible for computer application development and laboratory automation for Research & Development.  I have a small project studio in my home.

In 2004, I retired and have relocated to the south Gulf coast of Florida.  I have been playing with local artists and doing a few theatre shows.

I have recorded several instrumental albums.  Those currently in print include:
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Larry Bell:  Pedal Steel Guitar

I've Got Friends in COLD Places