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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.


"Strong and immediate songwriting, his personal experiences become universal on every song. Crankshaft is definitely helping to carry on important musical traditions, but you do not have to know that or care about that to enjoy his latest release "What You Gonna Do?". This is a record that can and will be appreciated by musicians and non-musicians alike."
Joe Holland - Talent Buyer, Lee's Liquor Lounge

"Alex "Crankshaft" Larson, not only does he have the determination and drive to get noticed, but he has the goods to back it up. He's a musical craftsman of the tradition of the finest classic rock and blues. Crankshaft's songs are stories set to grooves that connect with the audience."
- Nate Dungan - Talent Buyer, Minnesota State Fair

"Crankshaft writes great songs, and sings them with passion. The energy at his live shows is undeniable, and he won't rest until everyone in the room is rockin' and rollin' with him."
Page Burkum - The Catus Blossums

"One of the largest crowds ever in the Acoustic Tent enjoying Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders. They're lovin' this guy! An encore is in store for this appreciative crowd!"
- Social Networking Post - Bayfront Blues Festival 2013

"Alex is a hard worker. His diligence and attitude always make for a well-thought out and successful show. From playing on the hood of moving car to playing all the instruments onstage, his passion is clear from the moment he enters a venue."
Gabriel Douglas - Band Leader, The 4onthefloor

Performance Highlights:
2016 Fall - Toured 3,900 miles performing in 13 states
2015 Summer - Toured 4,800 miles through the Rocky Mountains
2015 Spring - Performed at the Peppermill in Reno, the legendary House Of Blues in Chicago, and toured in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, California and Louisiana.
2015 festivals - KAXE Mississippi River Festival, Chicken Town Music Fest., Minnesota State Fair, Hard Rock Cafe Mall Of America, Target Field Station Amphitheater, Peavey Plaza, Vetter Stone Amphitheatre, Somerset Amphitheater, Grand Old Days, Memory Lanes Block Party.
2014 - Performed for the BMW Motorcycle Owners International Ralley with a 13 piece band
2014 - Played between innings for the Minnesota Twins vs. the Cleveland Indians
2014 - RAGBRAI, Bayfront Blues Fest, Roots Rock and Deep Blues Fest, Bastille Days
2014 - Performed at the legendary House Of Blues in Chicago, IL
2013 - Minnesota State Fair, Bayfront Blues Fest,
2013 - Semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge (TN), hosted by the Blues Foundation
2012 - Juke Joint Festival & Rumble Festival
2012 - Toured 3,800 around the east side of the United States, playing 19 shows, in 9 states, in 28 days

Has Opened for:
Bret Michaels - Lead singer of Poison, and reality television personality (Celebrity Apprentice)
Soul Asylum - Grammy Award nominated, signed to A&M, Columbia, and Twin/Tone
Charlie Musselwhite - added to Blues Hall of Fame in 2010. Signed to MCA, Capitol, and Alligator
38 Special - Recorded "Hold On Loosely" in 1981 which charted at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Super Bowl XXXIII half-time show in 1999. Signed to Capitol Records
The Trashmen
- Recorded "Surfin' Bird" in 1963, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100
Bill Kirchen - (Commander Cody) named "The Titan of The Telecaster" by Guitar Player Magazine
James Hunter - Grammy Award nominated, signed to Rounder Records, and Daptone
Bob Log III - On tour since 1993, signed to Fat Possum & Sympathy for the Record Industry
T-Model Ford - Delta Blues hero. Signed to Fat Possum & Alive Naturalsound


Video Highlights:
2015 - Produced, Directed, and Edited the I Can't Take It music video
2015 - Produced, Directed, and Edited the Any Other Way music video
2013 - Produced, Directed, and Edited the Kingpin music video
2013 - Produced, Directed, and Edited the Fill It Up music video
2013 - Produced, Directed, and Edited the Waiting For Me music video
2012 - Produced and Edited The Making Of "What You Gonna Do?" mini documentary
2012 - Produced the Earthquake Shake Music video
2012 - Featured in "Clarksdale Blues" by Faithful Bull Productions
2011 - Directed, produced, and co-shot the Neighbor Boys music video
2011 - Directed, and produced the Leavin' This Town live video
2010 - Produced the Pinebox Rottin' music video


TV & Radio Highlights:
(Live TV & Radio Performances)
2015 - 89.3 The Current added six songs from "Tied to the World Behind Me" to their catolog
2013 - Crankshaft (solo) preformed live on 89.3 The Current at the Minnesota State Fair (August)
2013 - Featured on TPT's Minnesota Original show - Minnesota PBS (February)
2012 - Crankshaft and The Gear Grinders performed live on KARE 11 - Minnesota NBC (August)
2012 - Crankshaft (solo) preformed live on - 91.1FM WTJU - Charlottesville, VA
2012 - Crankshaft and The Gear Grinders were pre-recorded and featured on 90.3 KFAI's MinneCulture
2012 - Crankshaft and The Gear Grinders performed live on KARE 11 - Minnesota NBC (June)
2011 - Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders - 90.3 KFAI's Live From Studio 5 - Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN
2010 - Crankshaft (solo) preformed live on 88.1 KVSC's Monday Night Live - St. Cloud, MN
2010 - Crankshaft (solo) preformed live on 90.3 Live on KFAI's House Party - Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN
2009 - Crankshaft (solo) preformed live on 90.3 KFAI's Radio Rumpus Room - Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN

Major Accomplishments:
2013 - Semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
2013 - "Neighbor Boys" made it to the semi-final round of the International Songwriting Competition
2013 - "What You Gonna Do?" featured in the A.M.A. Top 100 for 10 consecutive weeks
2013 - "What You Gonna Do?" featured in the Euro Americana Chart top 25 for 2 consecutive months
2013 - album "What You Gonna Do?" featured as 89.3 The Current's top ten local releases of 2013
2013 - song "Boomtown" is featured as 89.3 The Current's top 89 songs of 2013
2012 - $25k first place winner of's national voting contest for unsigned bands
2012 - songs "327" and "Motorcycle Woman" were featured on NPR's Car Talk



Recording Highlights:
Alex "Crankshaft" Larson has produced, recorded, and written 34 songs on three independently released albums, has sold over 9,000 CDs (Last updated Jarunary, 2016), and has collaborated with 21 different Minneapolis musicians in the studio since 2009 including:

Bruce McCabe - Piano (Johnny Lang, Lamont Crampston, Hoop Snakes)
Keith Boyles - Upright Bass (Kenny Burrell, Patrick Auburn Hare, Nigel Kennedy)
Patrick Harison - Accordion (Minnesota Orchestra, Patty and The Buttons, Jack Klatt)
Zack Lozier (Davina and the Vagabonds, Jack Brass Band, Todd Clouser)
Page Burkum - Drums (The Cactus Blossoms, The Innocent Sons)
Elmer "Danger" Johnson - Upright Bass (Dave Wolf, Al Subola, Trailer Trash)
Javier Matos - Harmonica (The Blue Devils, The Dog House Lords, The Innocent Sons)
Johann Swenson - Drums (Cadillac Kolstad, Jack Knife and the Sharps)



"What You Gonna Do?" (Album) - Released Spring 2013:
KFAI - Minneapolis, MN
KVSC - St. Cloud, MN
The Current - Minneapolis, MN
KAXE - Grand Rapids, MN
KSRQ - Thief River Falls, MN
KMSU - Mankato, MN
KUMD - Duluth, MN
WHMH - St. Cloud, MN
WMSE - Milwaukee, WI
KLAX - 90.7 FM - Berkeley, CA
WGCS - 91.1 FM - Goshen, IN
KDHX - St. Louis, MO
KDNK - Carbondale, CO
KEXP - Seattle, WA
KOPN - Columbia, MO
KRCB - Santa Rosa, CA
WRRW - Williamsburg, VA
WMNF - Tampa, FL
WIKX - Port Charlotte, FL
WGCS - Goshen, IN
WETS - Johnson City, TN
WDBM - East Lansing, MI
WRFG - Altanta, GA
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Way Past Bedtime with Gordon Bell
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"Louisiana Bayou Santa" (Single) - Released Fall 2011:
KFAI - 90.3 FM - Minneapolis, MN
KVSC - 88.1 FM - St. Cloud, MN
89.3 The Current - Minneapolis, MN
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Junkyard Rhythm (Album) - Released spring 2011:
NPR's Car Talk - Nationally Syndicated (USA)
The Current - 89.3 FM - Minneapolis, MN
103.9 FM - Hastings Community Radio - Wauchope, Australia
KLAX - 90.7 FM - Berkeley, CA
WGCS - 91.1 FM - Goshen, IN
KBSA - 90.9 FM - Eldorado, AR
KDAQ - 89.9 FM - Shreveport, LA
KLSA - 90.7 FM - Alexandria, LA
KLDN - 88.9 FM - Lufkin, TX
KIOS - 91.5 FM Omaha, NE
KASU - 91.9 FM - Alamosa, CO
KASF - 90.9 FM - Alamosa, CO
KFJM - 90.7 FM - Grand Forks, ND
WXAV - 88.3FM - Chicago, IL
WRPI - 91.5 FM- Troy, NY
WKUF - 90.7 FM - Flint, MI
WSSB - 90.3 FM - Orangeburg, SC
WRLR - 98.3 FM - Chicago, IL
KCSS - 91.9 FM - Turlock, CA
WKDU - 91.7 FM - Philadelphia, PA
WTJU - 91.1 FM - Charlottesville, VA
KVSC - 88.1 FM - St. Cloud, MN
KFAI - 90.3 FM - Minneapolis, MN
WPRB - 103.3 FM - Princeton, NJ
KZSU - 90.1 - Stanford, CA
WCOM - 103.5 - Carrboro, NC
WFMU - FM 91.1 - Jersey City, NJ

WRUR - FM 88.5 - Rochester, NY

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