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Stephenson started touring with his father Ed Stephenson in the mid 1970s in Larry Stephenson & the New Grass. He also toured with Cliff Waldron and Leon Morris. Starting in 1979, he toured with Bill Harrell and the Virginians for more than four years. In 1983, he joined the Bluegrass Cardinals.
During this time, he recorded two solo albums: Sweet Sunny South in 1982 and Every Time I Sing A Love Song. He moved close to Nashville in April 1992.
The Larry Stephenson Band
Stephenson formed the band in 1989. Initially, Marc Keller played guitar, Doug Campbell played bass, and, Rick Allred played fiddle. The current lineup is Kenny Ingram (banjo), Kevin Richardson (guitar), and Matt Wright (bass).
The Bluegrass Band was formed in 1972 by Butch Robins, but disbanded one year later. The band started up again in 1989, this time with members Wayne Henderson (guitar), Ronnie Simpkins (bass), Wyatt Rice (guitar), Arnie Solomon (mandolin), Robins (banjo), Rickie Simpkins (violin, mandolin, vocals), and Stephenson (mandolin, vocals). They recorded four abums that were sold via telemarketing: Once Again From the Top volumes 1 and 2 were traditional bluegrass, and Shine Hallelujah Shine volumes 2 and 2 were traditional gospel.
Whysper Dream Music
Stephenson and his wife Dreama run their own record label Whysper Dream Music, named after their daughter Falon Whysper. They started the label when Pinecastle temporarily went out of business.
Stephenson has won numerous Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) awards:
2001, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2008: Male Vocalist of the Year.
2005: Song of the Year for "Clinch Mountain Mystery".
2006: IBMA Album of the Year for his participation in Celebration Of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer.
2011: Mandolin Player of the Year.
2008: Recorded Event of the Year for his participation in Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother.
2010: Recorded Event of the Year for "Give This Message To Your Heart" from his Give This Message to Your Heart: 20th Anniversary album.
2015: Album Of The Year for Pull Your Savior In.
2016: Vocal Group of the Year.
Stephenson is a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame (inducted in 1996).
1982: Sweet Sunny South (Outlet) reissued on Webco in 1999