Larry Campbell on Cayamo 2016
Larry Campbell is a multi-instrumentalist who has been a studio musician, recording music with other artists on their albums, and a respected sideman, performing as a backup musician in clubs and concert venues, since the seventies. He moves freely between rock, blues, country, folk and Celtic, playing guitar, fiddle, mandolin, pedal steel, cittern, dobro and banjo. In 2005, he released his first solo acoustic guitar album called Rooftops. In 2008, Larry was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his instrumental work from the Americana Music Association. In 2013, The Americana Music Association named Larry Instrumentalist of the Year .
Larry has had extensive experience as a studio musician. Over the past 2 decades, Larry has recorded with Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow, B. B. King, Willie Nelson and The Black Crowes just to name a few.
As a sideman, Larry is probably best known for his time spent in Bob Dylan’s band. Larry was a member of Bob Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour” band from March 31, 1997 until November 21, 2004. Through his association with Tony Garnier, Bob Dylan’s bass player, Larry joined the band, replacing J.J. Jackson as a guitarist and expanded his role to multi-instrumentalist, playing other instruments such as cittern, violin/fiddle, pedal steel guitar,lap steel guitar, mandolin, banjo and slide guitar. He also contributed vocals. When introducing Larry and the rest of the band, Bob Dylan often referred to them as some of the finest musicians in the country.
When Larry was not performing with Bob Dylan, he often made guest appearances with other artists including Richard Shindell, Buddy and Julie Miller, Levon Helm and Little Feat. Prior to 1997, Larry toured with other artists, including Cyndi Lauper, K. D. Lang,and Rosanne Cash.
Since Larry’s departure from Bob Dylan’s band, he has continued to make guest appearances with various artists including Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Phil Lesh, Rosanne Cash, Litte Feat, Hot Tuna, and Levon Helm. Beginning in 2005, Larry performed regularly with Levon Helm for seven years.
LARRY AND TERESA WILLIAMS:
In addition, Larry performs with his wife, Teresa Williams. In the early 2000s, they performed locally in New York City, on Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour and on The Blue Plate Special, a radio show out of Knoxville, Tennessee. In 2006, Larry and Teresa performed at The Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia, for Song of the Mountains, the Lincoln Theatre’s award-winning bluegrass concert series, showcasing the best in bluegrass and old-time music.
For seven years, beginning in 2005, they regularly performed at Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles in Woodstock, New York. These Midnight Rambles were held several times a month at Levon Helm’s studio. Levon Helm based his Ramble sessions on the southern medicine shows of his youth and invited some of the most notable blues entertainers and musicians of our time to perform at the Rambles. Levon Helm also took his Rambles on the road.
After Levon Helm’s passing, Larry and Teresa continued to perform at the Rambles which featured The Dirt Farmer Band – Larry, Teresa, Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs and Justin Guip. Larry and Teresa were and still are part of the Midnight Ramble Band which have performed at the Rambles.
In addition to performing at the Rambles, Larry and Teresa have performed together on tour with Phil Lesh, Jorma Kaukonen, Hot Tuna, Little Feat and mostly recently, Jackson Browne. They have also performed together in various venues around the country.
There was an article in the September/October 2009 issue of Elmore Magazine called “Two Part Harmony” that featured several couples working together, including Larry and Teresa. Larry and Teresa were also on the cover of the November/December 2011 issue of Ulster Magazine and featured in an article.
Larry and Teresa released their first album together on June 23, 2015. Their self-titled album features eight original songs and three cover songs. In addition to producing the album, Larry also wrote or co-wrote the eight original songs.