It’s Time For Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

After years of working on other artists’ albums and tours, duo Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have their own album in the works along with a hefty set of dates to support it.
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Campbell and Williams met during the mid ’80s when the songstress was performing at New York City’s Bitter End nightclub and Campbell was backing her on pedal steel guitar. “She was the real deal,” Campbell said.  “None of that Urban Cowboy nonsense.  And she was clock-stopping gorgeous.  I was smitten.”

But striking out on their own as a duo wasn’t the first thing that crossed their minds, mainly because their talents were in demand by other artists. Campbell’s history includes an enormous amount of session work as well as eight years on Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour.  Williams’ many accomplishments include originating the role of Sara Carter in the musical “Keep On the Sunny Side.”  Over the years the two have worked with several top-tier artists, including Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Phil Lesh, Little Feat and Hot Tuna.

One evening found Campbell and Williams swapping songs in the back of Bob Dylan’s tour bus, and Dylan’s manager, Jeff Kramer, suggested they should form their own act.  But first fate had other plans.

Levon Helm recruited them for his Midnight Rambles held at his barn/studio in Woodstock, N.Y.  The seven years Campbell worked as bandleader and producer for Helm resulted in three Grammys and more than a lifetime of stories.

Now Campbell and Williams have their own album and a tour including headlining dates and shows with Hot Tuna.  The couple’s newly announced fall leg has them performing with Jackson Browne.

The duo spoke with Pollstar last week for an interview that will post within the next 48 hours.  In the meantime, we can tell you that their debut album arrives June 23 on Red House Records.  Here’s the tour:

May 18 – New York, N.Y., City Winery NYC
June 6 – Hunter, N.Y., Hunter Mountain (Mountain Jam Festival)
June 7 – Hunter, N.Y., Hunter Mountain (Mountain Jam Festival)
June 12 – Marlboro, N.Y., The Falcon
June 13 – Amagansett, N.Y., The Stephen Talkhouse
June 26 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Caffe Lena
June 27 – Katonah, N.Y., Caramoor Center (American Roots Music Festival)
July 10 – Plymouth, N.H., The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center
July 11 – Beverly, Mass., The Cabot
July 12 – Truro, Mass., Payomet Performing Arts Center
July 15 – Evanston, Ill., SPACE
July 16 – Milwaukee, Wis., Shank Hall
July 17 – Madison, Wis., High Noon Saloon
July 18 – Minneapolis, Minn., Cedar Cultural Center
July 19 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa, CSPS
July 21 – St. Louis, Mo., Off Broadway Nightclub
July 22 – Franklin, Tenn., The Factory At Franklin (Music City Roots)
July 23 – Nashville, Tenn., City Winery Nashville
July 24 – Asheville, N.C., The Grey Eagle
July 26 – Charleston, W.Va., Mountain Stage
Sept. 5 – Highland Park, Ill., Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park
Sept. 6 – Rochester, Mich., Meadow Brook Music Festival
Sept. 10-15 – Arrington, Va., Oak Ridge Farm (Lockn’ – Interlocking Music Festival)
Sept. 15 – Port Chester, N.Y., The Capitol Theatre
Sept. 16 – Port Chester, N.Y., The Capitol Theatre
Sept. 18 – Boston, Mass., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 
Sept. 19 – Bethel, N.Y., Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
Sept. 21 – Red Bank, N.J., Count Basie Theatre
Sept. 22 – Red Bank, N.J., Count Basie Theatre
Sept. 24 – Morristown, N.J., Mayo Performing Arts Center
Sept. 25 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Kings Theatre
Sept. 27 – Reading, Pa., Santander Performing Arts Center
Oct. 7 – Durham, N.C., Durham Performing Arts Center
Oct. 8 – Greenville, S.C., Peace Center Concert Hall
Oct. 10 – Atlanta, Ga., Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Oct. 11 – Nashville, Tenn., Ascend Amphitheater
Oct. 14 – Birmingham, Ala., Alabama Theatre
Oct. 15 – New Orleans, La., Saenger Theatre
Oct. 17 – Rogers, Ark., The Walmart AMP
Oct. 18 – Tulsa, Okla., Brady Theater
Oct. 20 – San Antonio, Texas, Majestic Theatre
Oct. 21 – Austin, Texas, Bass Concert Hall
Oct. 23 – Houston, Texas, Bayou Music Center 
Oct. 24 – Thackerville, Okla., WinStar World Casino & Resort / Global Event Center
Oct. 27 – Tucson, Ariz., Tucson Music Hall
Oct. 28 – Phoenix, Ariz., Arizona State Fair Grandstand (Arizona State Fair)

Appearing with Hot Tuna July 10-12.  Appearing with Jackson Browne Sept. 5-6 & Sept. 15-Oct. 28.  Click here for more information.

And be sure to follow this link to listen to Campbell and Williams recording of “Surrender To Love.”