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Larry Cordle was born and raised on a small family farm in eastern Kentucky. While a young child, he was introduced to bluegrass, country, and gospel music, by his great grandfather Harry Bryant, an old-time claw hammer banjo stylist, fiddle player, and dancer. He recounts, “Mom said I could sing I’ll Fly Away, all the way through when I was two years old!” Cordle fondly remembers this early influence by pointing out, “We lived so far away from everything that we had to make our own entertainment. Papaw would get the fiddle out in the evenings sometimes and play and dance for us. Just as soon as I was old enough to try to learn to play, I did so and kind of seconded after him on the guitar. He ran an old country store, and I spent many happy hours in there with him playing, talking about, and listening to music. It was our escape into another world, something we grew up with and looked so forward to. I was always happiest when we were in a jam session”. 

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