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

Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Saturday, November 14, 9pm
North Branch, MN

featuring: Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders

Wednesday, November 25, 7:30pm, $16
First Avenue Mainroom

Minneapolis, MN

Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Friday, November 27, $20
The Jehova House
Wheaton, MN

Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Saturday, November 28, 9pm
Russell's Bar and Grille

Annandale, MN

Crankshaft (solo)
Friday, December 04, 8pm
Freewheelin' @ Harriet Brewing Co.
Minneapsolis, MN\

Crankshaft (solo)
Saturday, December 05, 8pm
Mac And Chesters SRO
Cedar, MN

Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Friday, December 11, 9pm
The Whistling Pickle

Zimmerman, MN

Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Saturday, December 12, 9pm
Nakato Bar

North Mankato, MN

Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Friday, December 18, 9pm, $8
Famous Dave's Uptown

Minneapolis, MN

Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders
Saturday, December 26, 9pm, $8
Lee's Liquor Lounge

Minneapolis, MN

Crankshaft (solo)
Sunday, December 27, 7pm,
Eagles Nest Lounge
Minneapolis, MN

Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders NYE Basement Bash!
Thursday, December 31, 9pm
Anoka, MN

Crankshaft (solo)
Thursday, January 07, 10pm
331 Club
Minneapolis, MN



9-18-2015 --- I have the new CD in hand! The artwork and the audio turned out amazing, this is hands down the coolest thing that I've done with my life so far! If you'd like to show extra support, signed pre-sale copies will be available on this site for $50, until the CD/LP release party on November 25th. By paying a little more you will receive the CD early, and the extra money you spend will help me recover my personal financial investment towards music video and audio production for this release. Copies will be available to the general public at First Avenue Night Club on November 25th for $20 and at all shows there after. Thanks in advance for the support, I'm very appreciative that I'm earning a living making new music for the world to hear, and incorporating visual art that goes along with it! BOOGIE!

8-10-2015 --- I decided to take a pretty big risk, I'll be investing my own money to press 500 records in gate-fold jackets with a 28 page booklet on one side and the vinyl record on the other. My fingers are crossed, hopefully I can sell 200 copies between Thanksgiving and Christmas so I can break even on the initial investment. Thanks for the support everyone, you pushed me towards this decision with the overwhelming responses to my Facebook post last week, you all are rad!

Old News --- Little blurps like above but from the past.

Past Performances --- When was that?! All shows going back to 2010.


Mp3/CD/LP Release November 25th!

Tied to the World Behind Me

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

Fan Support CD Pre-Sale

All copies purchased from this
link will be hand signed!

(After 11/25/15 copies will be available
for $20 at all Crankshaft shows!)

Released February, 2013 - 4,000 Pressed

What You Gonna Do?

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)

Available at:
Down In The Valley - Golden Valley, MN
Mr. Mark Music - Anoka, MN
Electric Fetus - Minneapolis, MN




Phtoto by Tiffany Smith

Phtoto by Tiffany Smith

Old Photos --- Photos from past performances, tours, and art projects.


"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


"What You Gonna Do?" Album Review - 7/6/2013 - Flyin' Shoes Reviews

The style touches on swing and some pretty hard-rocking stuff whilst that skuzzy, muddy sound is there throughout in glorious fashion. There's a whole stack of extra instrumentation beefing things up – horns, sax, piano and organ being particularly evident – but they never stray far from the sound the three man band can reproduce live. (read more)
- by John Davy


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