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Country singer doesn’t let youth stand in his way

May 12, 2005

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While most young men his age are no where near the point of knowing who they are or where they are going, 19-year-old Blaine Larsen is well on his way.

The hot country music newcomer is making a name for himself with his debut single, "How Do You Get That Lonely." The video of the same name is already in the Great American Country Top 20 Country Countdown.

Blaine was 15 when he and his parents traveled to Nashville from their home in the Pacific Northwest for his first recording studio experience.

They paid to record cover songs, as well as a song he'd written with his high school geometry teacher, David Bleam.

One of those discs ended up in the hands of Nashville songwriter Rory Lee Feek ("Some Beach"/Blake Shelton) who eventually flew Larsen back to Music City for a legitimate recording session. That project turned into an independently released CD, "In My High School," and positive response was immediate.

Larsen was a senior in high school when he was offered a major label record deal with BNA Records (RCA).

His debut, aptly titled "Off To See The World," contains 11 songs, 6 of which he wrote, or co-wrote.

Launching a country music career without a Texas or Oklahoma birth certificate is something a bit different.

"I'm from a small town (Buckley) outside of Seattle," Larsen said. "It's not a 'cowboy' culture but it's still very 'country' in a lot of ways. Growing up in that area has helped keep me grounded."

So is it strange to be too young to get into the clubs where his music's being played?

"Yeah, it's kind of strange," Larsen said. "Thank goodness they let me in to play, though. If they didn't I'd miss a lot of opportunity to perform and meet the people who like my music."

"How Do You Get That Lonely" is proving to be a strong first single. The video with the serious message was shot in Dickson, Tenn., near Nashville.

The big budget production was a far cry from the low budget, low tech videos shot a year earlier, before the record deal.

"When we were making our first 2 videos independently, we had to do everything -- help with the slate, push the dolly -- it was tough, but a lot of fun," Larsen said. "Now with the bigger budgets, all I have to do is show up and do my part ... everything else is taken care of."

Larsen said he sees videos as an important part of his developing career.

"Since no one really knows me yet and some people are surprised to see my voice coming out of someone still so young, it helps them to put it all together."

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