Sound Check: Larry Caskey
Mixed with the original songs and cover tunes Larry Caskey plays are unexpected songs that may make people laugh or cringe, but Caskey simply wants to entertain.
“I’m an equal opportunity skewer,” said the 58-year-old musician. “Everybody’s a target.”
Caskey has become a regular at more than one open mic night event around Grand Junction, where people likely have heard him mock actor Kevin Smith and Capt. Francesco Schettino of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that sank off the coast of Tuscany.
Open mic nights are a great chance for musicians to meet like-minded people and get over the fear of performance, he said. Caskey first performed at an open mic night at Palisade Brewery in the fall of 2007.
“The first gig was kind of scary, but it came off OK, and people liked what I did,” Caskey said.
Originally from Houston, Caskey picked up a guitar at age 12 and eventually found his way to a Dobro resonator because blues and bluegrass are the music he likes to play.
He has even learned to play the harmonica.
Caskey can be heard every other Thursday night at Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub and every Wednesday night in a blues jam at Tenacious Brothers Pub.
Caskey also has a KAFM Community Radio show from midnight to 3 a.m. every Friday called Lonesome Larry’s Lava Lamp Lounge.
“I like to focus on artists who should have been big,” Caskey said.