Larry Long singing in New Orleans with a group of people

Larry Long recording a song collectively written with residents from the 9th Ward of New Orleans through his Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song program in partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Author Studs Terkel called Long “a true American Troubadour.” When Pete Seeger was told that Larry is often referred to as the Pete Seeger of Minnesota, Pete replied, “I would be honored to be called the Larry Long of New York.”

“Out of muteness, silence, and pain there comes a song. It rises from the earth, the exploitation, work, and sorrow of the people. It rises from struggle kept alive in our wonderful multiplicity and sounds the tenderness of our solidarity. Bird song, people’s songs, from struggle and death, from the lost and gone and mute, out of the corpse of our death we sing.

Then our joyous singer like Larry Long begins to come where we are working, where we are living, and listens, repeats like a mockingbird, or notes of nightingales or meadowlarks, makes songs out of the first and last breath. He sings where we are, about what is happening. He takes the real sound, the real words and gives us back our songs and we hear what singers we all are and how beautiful, and how strong.”  —Meridel Le Sueur, American Author & Poet

Sweet Thunder Available Now On Digital Platforms Worldwide through Larry Long Music in association with Rock the Cause Records

Larry Long writes songs the same way an artists uses found objects: a bit of local folklore here, a traditional American Indian instrument there, and, before you know it, he’s […]

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Larry Long Archives Have Been Accepted by the Department of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries

The University of Minnesota Libraries is one of the largest special collections departments in a university setting in the United States. Larry Long’s Archives include the life-stories of over one-thousand […]

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AVAILABLE NOW ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS WORLDWIDE

Larry Long Music in association with Rock the Cause Records & the Orchard are happy to announce the release of Dove with Claws by LARRY LONG from the Melvin James […]

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Sweet Thunder Available Now On Digital Platforms Worldwide through Larry Long Music in association with Rock the Cause Records

Larry Long writes songs the same way an artists uses found objects: a bit of local folklore here, a traditional American Indian instrument there, and, before you know it, he’s created a thing of beauty.  It might take a little time before that beauty becomes clear, but the listener’s patience never goes unrewarded.

On this, his third album, the Minneapolis song crafter and guardian of the Mississippi River has assembled a most intriguing and beguiling collection of tunes.  (Long has called in some chips, and fans of local music will recognize assistants like Michael Johnson, Peter Ostroushko, Claudia Schmidt, Leo Kottke, Billy Peterson and Bruce Kurnow).

The centerpiece of the album is a 13-minute-long “Water in the Rain,” which recalls and is dedicated to the 38 Dakota warriors who were hanged en masse in Mankato in 1862.  It also features Dakota poet Amos Owen listing the names of the 38 and offering a prayer for reconciliation.  It is a project of moving depth and emotion that demands repeated hearing and rapt attention.  Rating: 4 Stars – James M. Tarbox, St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch

Larry Long – Lead Vocal, 12-String Guitar | Amos Owen – Dakota Prayer & Reciting the names of the 38 Dakota hung by Lincoln’s decree in 1862 | Raymond Owen – Hand Drum on Memorial Song ‘Dakota Oyate’| Mitch Walking Elk – Drum, Singer on ‘Dakota Oyate’.| Sherry Blakey Banai – Singer on ‘Dakota Oyate’.| Claudia Schmidt – Support vocals | Peter Ostroushko – Violin
Billy Peterson – Acoustic Bass | Steve Faison – Beanpod, Congas | Ron Miles – Rainstick | Production: Amos Owen, Larry Long, Rick McArthur, Billy Peterson

Produced by Billy Peterson & Larry Long
Digitally recorded at Creation Audio
Recording Engineer: Chopper Black
Mixing Engineers: Chopper Black & Lynn F. Peterson
Musical Consultant: Rick McArthur
Front Cover Art: Traditional Cree Biting of Birch Innerbark by Angelique Merasty (Beaver Lake, Saskatchewan)
Front Cover Photo: Ron Miles

Sweet Thunder is made available through Larry Long Music in association with Rock the Cause Records

Larry Long Archives Have Been Accepted by the Department of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries

The University of Minnesota Libraries is one of the largest special collections departments in a university setting in the United States.

Larry Long’s Archives include the life-stories of over one-thousand elders who’ve been honored through his multicultural curriculum entitled ‘Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song’. These elder stories personalize their tragedies and triumphs, often against injustice and terrible odds, while contributing to the well-being of their communities.

This collection also includes artifacts from Larry’s fifty-years of performing and organizing throughout the world, including the Central Minnesota Powerline Struggle, American Agriculture Movement’s Tractorcade to Washington D.C., Senator Paul Wellstone, Mississippi River Revival, Run For Freedom with Lakota youth, American Indian Movement, Pete Seeger, Studs Terkel, Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott, Kris Kristofferson, Meridel Le Sueuer, Hormel Strike, Soviet-American Peace Cruises down the Volga and Mississippi Rivers, South Africa, Brazil, PACERS Small Schools Cooperative in rural Alabama, honoring of Mrs. Rosa Parks at the 45th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the first hometown tribute for Woody Guthrie in Okemah, Oklahoma.

The University of Minnesota’s goal is to have Long’s archives digitized and available to the public by for his 75th birthday on November 21, 2026.

AVAILABLE NOW ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS WORLDWIDE

Larry Long Music in association with Rock the Cause Records & the Orchard are happy to announce the release of Dove with Claws by LARRY LONG from the Melvin James Sessions on digital platforms worldwide, including Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple, iTunes, YouTube, and more.
As Eddie Allen, Brief Sermon Columnist, writes in the linear notes, “The late Johnny Cash coined the phrase “a dove with claws” to describe the fierce pacifism that grew from his first-hand look at America’s endless wars while entertaining soldiers in Vietnam. Cash’s words are a perfect description of the life and work of Larry Long. Long’s music had an indelible influence on a young cousin fromhttps://orcd.co/2008jk2 Iowa who became the charting rock artist, Melvin James. Now Larry and Melvin have joined forces. The claws of Melvin’s guitar sharpen the urgency of Long’s message in a way that will surprise and delight you. “
Featured songs: All Across America (3:04), Lay Me Down Easy (3:53), Mississippi Levee (2:48), Living In A Rich Man’s World (3:55), Walking Like Rain (4:45), Circle Time (2:54), Joshua Tree (4:03)
Seven Strong Women (3:08), Old Ways (3:27), Lay Hatred Down (3:27), plus bonus track Uncle Mel (2:31).
In celebration of today’s release filmmaker Bob Trench kindly uploaded ‘Living in a Rich Man’s World Director’s Cut’ onto my LarryLongTroubadour YouTube Channel to view.
Larry Long: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica | Melvin James: Backup Vocals, Guitar, Drums | Sid Gasner: Bass | Sandy Berlin: Backup vocals on Lay Hatred Down & Joshua Tree
Recorded at Junior’s Motel, Otho, Iowa | Special thanks to Kirk Kaufman for his hospitality | Photographs: Roger Feldhans | Design: Planet Claire Creative
All words & music by Larry Long | Produced by Melvin James

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