It was my pleasure to talk with this amazing couple who just happen to be awesome musicians. Larry Campbell was an anchor in Bob Dylan’s band, a charter member of Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles, collaborator with Phil Lesh and Jorma Kaukonen and even played a concert for the Pope! Teresa Williams has recorded with the legendary Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller. She’s sung with Further,Phil Lesh and Friends, Little Feat and Hot Tuna.
They are truly accomplished musicians. The thing that struck me about this talented couple is their humility and their devotion to each other. Both believe that despite all the past accolades, they are most satisfied playing as a duo together. This refreshingly humble and touching statement becomes evident when you hear the music they create together. We talk about many issues in our chat ranging from Bob Dylan to Levon Helm as well as the duo project’s upcoming September release, Contraband Love. The couple honestly discuss personal subjects like substance abuse and lost love ones. While some of the topics are weighty, the overall tone is relaxed and friendly. I’ve included music from Bob Dylan, Levon Helm as well as three tunes from their collaboration together. The end of the piece highlights their appearance at the Americana Association awards alongside Levon Helm on mandolin while they bring new life to “Deep Elem Blues”.
After our conversation, I was able to attend their show at the Green River Festival. The tent was packed with fans anticipating this set. The duo did not disappoint. Their set was full of highlights including some amazing finger picking guitar from Larry. He played both acoustic and electric and wowed the crowd on fiddle as well. There was a tender dedication to Levon Helm as Teresa sang “Dirt Farmer” in his honor. The set was punctuated with a thunderous version of Reverend Gary Davis’ “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” to finish their well appreciated set of tunes. Their next release “Contraband Love” will be out on September 15th.
It was a thrill for me to chat with such accomplished yet grounded musicians. Here’s the audio of our interview: