Singer-songwriter Larry Murante will perform in Port Townsend this evening. (Larry Murante)

Singer-songwriter Larry Murante will perform in Port Townsend this evening. (Larry Murante)

Award-winning songwriter takes the stage today in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — Folk singer and award-winning songwriter Larry Murante will perform at Rainshadow Recording Studio tonight.

Murante will take the stage in Building 315 at Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Will-call tickets for $15 can be purchased at larry murante.brownpapertickets.com.

Chuck Pyle once introduced Murante as “one of the best voices in folk music,” according to a news release.

Murante’s three CD releases, “Point of Entry,” “Water’s Edge” and “Kiss Me One More Time,” have garnered critical acclaim from across the country and parts of Europe.

Murante has received a lengthy list of songwriting accolades spanning from 1991 to 2013, the most prestigious of which include the grand prize in the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest and in the singer-songwriter category of the 2011 West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest.

He began — his childhood and musical ambitions — in the small rural town of Nazareth, Pa.

In high school, Murante began singing in working bands of every kind.

“In my late teens, I was singing in a wedding band that performed a variety of styles including jazz, pop, swing, R&B and top 40,” he said in a news release.

“In those early years, I was also singing in rock cover bands and playing in top 40 groups in town on the weekends. And when I wasn’t doing that, I was listening to and playing acoustic folk rock music. My biggest influence from that period (and even today) were the early ’70s singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, CSNY, the Eagles and Jackson Browne.”

Now, Murante tours nationally, performing a mix of folk concerts, festivals, radio interviews and house concerts.

He has shared the stage with such artists as Peter Mulvey, Greg Greenway, Pierce Pettis, David Broza, Cosy Sheridan, Laura Love, Michael McNevin, TR Ritchie, Joanne Rand, Jane Gillman, Darcie Deaville, Jim Page, Orville Johnson, Lisa Koch, Karen Pernick, David Maloney, Heidi Muller, Annie Gallup, Dana Robinson, Janis Carper, Johnathan Kingham, Caren Armstrong, Dave Nachmanoff and Marjorie Richards.

For more information, contact 360-301-09291 or centrumrecording@gmail.com.