Alex "Crankshaft" Larson, is "one of those old fashioned showmen who can actually deliver." - Hymies Records. His style is heavily rooted in rock 'n' roll, blues, country, and soul, that "could not have been imagined prior to the early punk scene," as described by Dig In Magazine. Crankshaft is "one of the best and most interesting roots, rock and blues acts playing around town these days." - Cities 97. Rock solid original material, dedicated fans, and his 21st century twist on the American roots have pushed him near the top of the crowded Minneapolis music scene.


Booking & Press Info


Saturday, Oct 8th, 8:30pm
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Jumpin' Jacks
Weber, MN


Thursday, October 13th, $20 Tickets
Crankshaft (solo) + The Lawsuits
Ignition Music
Goshen, IN


Saturday, October 15th
Crankshaft (solo) + June Star
Baltimore, MD


Wednesday, October 19th
Private Party
New York, NY


Sunday, October 23rd, 7pm
Crankshaft (solo)
The Barn Restaurant & Tavern
Pawlet, VT


Monday, October 24th, 9pm
Crankshaft (solo)
The Shaskeen Pub
Manchester, NH


Saturday, October 29th
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
+GB Leighton
+ Flatwater Mississippi
Halloween Tent Party!
Downtown Anoka


Saturday, November 5th, 8pm
Crankshaft (solo)
Moonshine Whiskey
East Bethel, MN


Saturday, November 19th, 7:30pm
Crankshaft (solo)
Goatridge Brewery
New London, MN

Friday, November 25th
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
10K Brewery
Anoka, MN


Saturday, November 26th, 8pm
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Famous Dave's
Uptown, Minneapolis, MN


Friday, December 2nd
Crankshaft (solo)
Northwoods Bar
Nowthen, MN


Saturday, December 3rd
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Jumpin' Jacks
Weber, MN


Friday, December 9th, 10pm
Crankshaft (solo) + Gated Community
Palmer's Bar
West Bank, Minneapolis, MN


Friday, December 16th, 8pm
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
KEBK Wiese Auditorium
Braham, MN


Saturday, December 17th, 8pm
Crankshaft (solo)
Boulder Lodge
Cedar, MN


Friday, December 23rd
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Norm's Wayside Rest
Buffalo, MN


Saturday, December 31st, 9pm
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Anoka, MN


10-5-2016 --- I'm headed your way East Coast, get ready for some Upper Mississippi Pork Neck Boogie!

6-2-2016 --- I'm happy to announce that I'll be opening for the one and only George Thorogood on Wednesday, July 20th at the Minnesota Zoo! I couldn't believe it when the news came in, I'm so stoked!

2-7-2016 --- I received an awesome review for my new album from writer Fred Mills of Blurt Magazine! Fred was chief editor of Harp Magazine in the early 2000's which was sighted by critics and fans as the Mojo magazine of the United States. (review)


Discography --- Past releases going back to 2009
Old News --- Little blurps from the past
Past Performances --- When was that?!



Tied to the World Behind Me
Released November, 2015

14 Original Songs
I Can't Take It (music video)
Gotta Run
Let Me Be
The Right Dress
Eatin' Chili
Loose Cannon
We're On Fire
Any Other Way (music video)
Boxed and Charred
Fit For Flyin'
Made To Race

Vinyl or CD (Includes S&H)

What You Gonna Do?
Released February, 2013

12 Original Songs
When the Sun Goes Down
Dancin' In The Dirt
Trail Of Tears
Kingpin (music video)
I Wanna Play
Waiting For Me (music video)
Earthquake Shake
Let Me Love You
Don't Leave
Fill It Up (music video)
Barkin' Up The Wrong Tree

Vinyl or CD (Includes S&H)



"Tied to the World Behind Me" album review - 12/22/2015 -

One of those from-out-of-the-blue records, Tied to the World Behind Me is only the third full-length from Minneapolis roots-rocker Larson but it carries the unmistakable scent of a performer who can claim “veteran” status without any hint of hubris. Where did this cat come from and why haven't we heard of him before now? More to the point: what are YOU gonna do now that you've heard of him? He is unquestionably the real deal, and although he's touted as a big deal on the Twin Cities blues scene, that's far too limiting a description. Larson has his toes dipped into multiple genres, from the aforementioned blues, boogie, soul and funk to full-tilt indie rock and just plain unhinged garage stomp. (read more)
By - Fred Mills


"What You Gonna Do?" Hymies Top Ten Records of 2013 - 12/28/2013 -

Crankshaft's the real deal. He's one quarter honky tonk, one quarter rockabilly, and one quarter rhythm and blues. The last quarter is pure @#%ing awesome. When he sings “there won't be a dog asleep in this town” there's no reason to doubt it — His act is filled with swagger and smarm in just the right proportions. What You Gonna Do? leans a little towards the hotel lounge acts from the seventies we love to feature here on the Hymie's blog when their records turn up, mostly in that it tries to showcase a wide variety. The thing is that Crankshaft is one of those old fashioned showmen who can actually deliver — want a little heavy blues? Gotcha. Want to hold your sweetheart for the next number? Gotcha (check out “Waiting for Me” for a little closing time pull at your heartstrings). Want to hear a song about a guy filling up a Cadillac with cement? Gotcha.

Yeah, there's that too. Who else could write “Fill it Up,” probably the funnest song to come out of Minnesota this year, and then produce and direct an even funnier video?! (read more)


Alex "Crankshaft" Larson interview - 7/18/2013 -

I already knew Crankshaft was an engaging performer, just last month, I watched him tear through a set at Bunker's in front of a whooping crowd, his black, slicked-back hair flying through the air as he assaulted his guitar. But what I didn't realize was that he's also quite insightful and charming off stage, and he speaks eloquently about everything from the roots of punk rock to his hometown of St. Francis, Minnesota. (read more)
- by Andrea Swensson


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