by Gary Powell
March 25th, 2003
“The Ears of God”
If world leaders were chosen by their ability to “hear”, Larry Seyer would be King of the World. Often times, the professionals who truly make the records fronted by celebrities are, in fact, judged just that way, by their ability to “hear”. That means hearing alternate melodies, harmonizations, instrumentation, mix decisions…..vertually every possible musical and electronic opportunity.
Knowing this little inside music industry fact explains how a boy raised in Oran, Missouri has become one of the most sought after recording engineers and session guitar players in Texas. If Texas isn’t big enough for you, check out who has called on Larry regardless. There’s Chet Atkins, Ray Benson, Shawn Colvin, songwriter Helen Darling (“Bring on the Rain”),The Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Johnny Gimble, Paul Glasse, Goldie Hawn, Tish Hinohosa, Eric Johnson, Lyle Lovett, Manhattan Transfer, George Martin, Reba McIntire, James Mitchner, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Lee Roy Parnell, Bert Rivera, Phillip Sandifer, Joe Scruggs, Dardin Smith, George Strait, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, Steve Warner, Lee Ann Womack, Dwight Yokum, and the United States Air Force Band of the Rockies.
Now I suppose most people in Oran, Missouri used to scratch their heads when it came to the Grammy Awards. Not anymore. Larry has been either the recording engineer, the mixing engineer, or the guitarist on nine Grammy winning albums.
The mystery of Larry’s talent and work ethic can best be understood by his family’s policy of the old upright piano in the living room always holding favor over the television and radio.
It has been said that Larry Seyer has the “Ears of God”. He’s been proving it steadily since 1978 when he showed up in Austin. Maybe we have his parents and the old upright to thank for that. Regardless, Texas music has never been heard the same way again.