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Album Review: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams by Larry Campbell
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AllMusic - 80 Based on rating 8/10
Though they've been married since 1988 and have often collaborated on other people's records, this Red House date marks the first shared album between session ace Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams. Campbell of course is renowned for his membership in Bob Dylan's band, playing in Levon Helm's group, and for his voluminous sideman and touring work. Williams, also a member of Helm's band, has had her own career for decades -- she first hired Larry in 1986 to back her at N.Y.C.'s Bottom Line -- and has worked with Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, Dylan, and Buddy and Julie Miller, to name a few.
Larry Campbell has been a fixture in the roots music circuit for 40 years, as a three-time Grammy-winning producer for Levon Helm and more than a dozen other artists including Jorma Kaukonen and Richard Shindell, as a session player supporting everyone from Willie Nelson to the Backstreet Boys, and as a tour-band stalwart, highlighted by a seven-year stint as part of Bob Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour”. Teresa Williams has built an equally varied and successful career, from embodying the role of Sara Carter in several theatrical and film projects, touring with artists such as Phil Lesh and Friends, and recording with an array of top-tier performers including Emmy Lou Harris, Mavis Staples, and Little Feat. Despite all this, the married couple of Campbell and Williams had not found the opportunity to work together in any extended manner until Helm called them with an invite to join in on his well-known Midnight Rambles sessions.
During the last decade of his life, Levon Helm — the irrepressible drummer, singer and mandolinist best known for his tenure in the Band — routinely held court at his barn studio in Woodstock, N.Y. The Midnight Ramble, his regular get-together there, featured a trusted corps of musicians and frequent drop-ins by famous guests. A prized pilgrimage for fans of American roots music, it has kept going, off and on, since Mr.