General Admission: $20.00 in advance and $25.00 day of show
Multi-instrumentalist-vocalist Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams have rocked many a venue, as both center stage performers and invaluable assets to world class acts. A shortlist of artists whoâ€™ve benefited from their talents, live and in studios, reads like a Whoâ€™s Who of Music Icons: Bob Dylan (Larry spent eight years on the Never Ending Tour), Paul Simon, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Phil Lesh, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, and, for one miraculous seven-year stretch, Levon Helm. Now, with an eponymous debut album, the couple brings it all back home. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams may have been simmering awhile, but the timing is perfect; the eleven tracks, produced by Campbell, distill everything into a potent, infectious blend of Americana style and timeless soul, offered with a relaxed generosity that can only come from rich experience.
Larry and Teresaâ€™s story begins at New Yorkâ€™s famed Bottom Line club in the mid 80s; she was singing country, he was playing pedal steel. It was love at first chord. â€œShe was the real deal,â€� native New Yorker Larry says. â€œNone of that Urban Cowboy nonsense. And she was clock-stopping gorgeous. I was smitten.â€� â€œIâ€™d thought country music players in New York was an oxymoron,â€� says Tennessee-born Teresa. â€œBut he saved my life on that stage. I thanked him for bringing the heavy steel down to play just a few songs, and when we looked into each otherâ€™s eyes I saw everything he is, the depth of his soul.â€� They married soon after, setting off on their own individual highways, but always circling back to each other. Among other adventures, Teresa originated the role of country music pioneer Sara Carter in the musical Keep On the Sunny Side, and Larry achieved renown as the go-to roots music guy for sessions, tours, and pit bands, the dude whoâ€™d mastered a dizzying array of stringed instruments and styles.
The seeds for a duet project were unwittingly planted in their courting days, when Larry and Teresa sang and played with the locals under her great-great grandmotherâ€™s Tennessee cedar tree, the same one under which they married. (These gatherings continue to this day.) Later, when the duo was song-swapping all night with the band in the back of Bob Dylanâ€™s tour bus, Dylanâ€™s longtime manager Jeff Kramer told Larry he was crazy not to make hay with what they had as a duo. But their schedules kept the idea on the back burner until 2005, when Levon Helm called. Heâ€™d beaten cancer, was invigorated as never before, and was putting together a band for the soon-to-be legendary Midnight Rambles at his barn-studio in Woodstock, NY. He wanted some Campbell-Williams mojo to help make the most of his surprise fourth act. This humble beginning â€“ playing in a barn on a dirt road â€“ inaugurated the greatest musical experience of Larry and Teresaâ€™s lives.
Larry became the unflappable leader of the shape-shifting Midnight Ramble Band, earning three Grammys for producing Levonâ€™s final three CDs; Teresa, as an indispensable band member, frequently brought the house down. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams is an extension of that time, featuring eight originals and three covers honed on the carpet of Levonâ€™s barn, under the gaze of grateful fans. Songs like the Muscle Shoals-inflected CD opener â€œSurrender to Love,â€� heart-wrenching ballad â€œAnother One More Time,â€� and boot-stomper â€œBad Luck Charm,â€� feature the distinctive texture of two entwining voices whoâ€™ve been through a lot together â€“ the good, the bad, and the joyous.
Larry Campbell & Teresa Campbell
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