At the tender age of twenty-two Larry Harvey left his home in Newfoundland in pursuit of bigger dreams. Arriving in Toronto in 1949 he started writing songs and singing with his band, capturing their spirited “kitchen performances” on an old reel-to-reel tape recorder. Larry’s young wife Vergena , helped get his music to the “right people” at King Records in Nashville. They liked what they heard, and before he knew it Larry Harvey was headed for the “big time”. Or so he thought…
He recorded and released a number of singles for the label. On several occasions his songs even charted in the “Top Ten”, but real success eluded him. Reality did not. With two young daughters at home and a son on the way, Larry Harvey had a family to feed. Frustrated by the empty promises (and an even emptier bank account) Larry requested a release from his recording contract. For the next twenty years he put his dreams on hold, working for steady wages at a Toronto car-parts factory. Now, at the age of 80, Larry remains confident that he did the right thing. But he can’t help wondering what “might have been”.
This is where the story of “Paper Promises” really begins, as Larry’s now-grown son Shane decides to give his dad one hell of a Birthday Day present. You see, Shane Harvey had this crazy idea that maybe … just maybe … at the age of 80, his dad could sing and play again. Somewhere, somehow.
So father and son started rehearsing, and it sounded pretty good. They visited one of Larry’s old haunts, just to say that Larry had hit the stage again. And it kept getting better and better. In fact, Shane wondered why his dad had never played on Country Music’s most famous stage … because after all, at some point, just about everyone on that list had performed at the Ryman Auditorium, better known as the original home to “Grand Ole Opry”.
That’s why, fifty years after Larry left Nashville, they’re going back! Father and son. One more shot at fulfilling Larry Harvey’s dream before time runs out … for both of them.