In the music world, you could very easily nominate Patty Larkin as Milwaukee’s favorite daughter. Larkin grew up here before moving on to make a name for herself for her proficiency as a musician and a songwriter.
Larkin recorded her first album in 1985, and 12 more followed. She also has played as part of the Four Bitchin’ Babes, and has championed the cause of fellow women guitarists. Larkin has long lived in Massachusetts, but returns to her hometown every so often, including this fall, when she visited family and played a show to benefit the Urban Ecology Center.
Larkin has spent a lot of her time teaching songwriting to students, who she says range in age from 17 to 70-years-old.
She says, "The longer you keep doing this, you hear the same material, you hear the same song, and it’s deeper, it’s weightier, you understand more on many different levels sometimes."
Larkin will be back in the area for a show at the Woodstock Opera House in Woodstock, Illinois on December 23.