Larry Campbell (musician)

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Larry Campbell
Background information
Birth nameLarry Campbell
Born (1955-02-21) February 21, 1955 (age 66)
New York, New York, United States
GenresFolk rock, folk, rock, blues, country
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1970s–present
Associated actsBob Dylan, Levon Helm, Phil Lesh and Friends, Hot Tuna

Larry Campbell (born February 21, 1955, New York City) is an American multi-instrumentalist, who plays many stringed instruments (including guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar, slide guitar, and violin) in genres including country, folk, blues, and rock. He is perhaps most widely known for his time as part of Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour band from 1997 to 2004.

Campbell also has extensive experience as a studio musician. Over the past years, Larry has recorded with such artists as Levon Helm, Judy Collins, Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell, Linda Thompson, Sheryl Crow, Chris Castle, Paul Simon, B. B. King, Willie Nelson, Eric Andersen, Buddy and Julie Miller, Kinky Friedman, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Cyndi Lauper, k.d. lang, Anastasia Barzee, Rosanne Cash and Ayọ, among others.


During the 1970s and 1980s, Campbell performed regularly on New York City's burgeoning country music scene, at well-known venues such as Greenwich Village's legendary Lone Star Cafe, City Limits, The Rodeo Bar, and O'Lunney's, near the United Nations. He contributed his talents to several musicals.

Beginning in the late 1970s, Campbell was also a member of The Woodstock Mountains Revue, a unique folk group that featured Artie & Happy Traum, Pat Alger, Jim Rooney, Bill Keith, John Herald, Eric Andersen and John Sebastian.[1]

In 1982, Campbell performed in the orchestra for Alaska – The Musical, playing fiddle, acoustic and electric guitar, pedal steel and banjo. Campbell also performed in the orchestra for Big River in 1985, and Rhythm Ranch in 1989. In addition, he played pedal steel guitar, banjo, fiddle and guitar for the entire run of The Will Rogers Follies, which opened on Broadway in New York City on May 1, 1991.[citation needed]

Campbell was a member of Bob Dylan's "Never Ending Tour" band from March 31, 1997 until November 21, 2004. Through his association with Dylan's bass player Tony Garnier, Larry joined the band, replacing John Jackson as a guitarist, and expanded the role to multi-instrumentalist, playing instruments such as cittern, violin/fiddle, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, and slide guitar.[citation needed]

Since Campbell's departure from Dylan's band, he has continued to make guest appearances with various artists and live acts including Peter Wolf, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Furthur, and Phil and Friends. He has also produced albums for many artists, including most recently Jorma Kaukonen.[2]

Campbell toured regularly with Levon Helm, in addition to producing Helm's two Grammy-winning albums, Dirt Farmer and Electric Dirt, and acting as the musical director for Helm's Midnight Ramble concerts.[3]

Campbell played banjo, fiddle, and pedal steel on The Black Crowes 2009 album Before the Frost...Until the Freeze. He also appears on the Outlaw Country band Whitey Morgan and the 78's recorded at Levon Helm's studio in December 2009 and January 2010, and Last Bird Home by Chris Castle, also recorded at Levon's studio in 2011.[4]

Campbell played guitar, pedal steel, banjo, slide, mandolin, and fiddle on Dan Brenner's 2011 album Little Dark Angel produced by 10-time Grammy winner Jay Newland.[5] Campbell and his wife, Teresa, released a self-titled album on June 23, 2015 on Red House Records.[citation needed]

In 2019, Campbell and his wife filled in for Little Feat guitarist Paul Barrere during the band's 50th Anniversary Tour. The duo played with the band for most of the tour, from October 7–24, with Scott Sharrard taking over for the tour's last two dates on October 26 and 27, 2019.[6] The duo's stint with Little Feat came shortly before Barrere's death on October 26, 2019.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Campbell is married to singer Teresa Williams.[8] For several years, Campbell was musical director and bandleader for the Levon Helm Band during their Midnight Ramble concerts. On September 18, 2008, at the 7th Annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Show, Campbell was presented with The Award for Lifetime Achievement for an Instrumentalist.[9]

On March 24, 2020, Campbell's wife, Teresa Williams, announced that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.[10] Subsequent reports indicate he recovered from the illness.[11]


Larry Campbell has contributed to many albums by various musical artists. This is a partial list.


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Biography: Woodstock Mountain Revue". Allmusic. Retrieved May 21, 2010.
  2. ^ "Ain't in No Hurry". May 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "Levon Helm Going "Electric" This June". Billboard. April 14, 2009. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  4. ^ "Americana songwriter, Womacks play Edinboro, Erie gigs". September 15, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Jay Newland Discography" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Kahn, Andy. "Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams & Scott Sharrard To Fill-In For Little Feat's Paul Barrere". JamBase. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "Paul Barrere: July 3, 1948 - October 26, 2019". Little Feat. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  8. ^ "Larry Campbell: Rock N Rolls Right Hand Man". Relix Media Group. April 22, 2007. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  9. ^ "Awards - 2008". AmericanaMusic. The Americana Music Association. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  10. ^ Barry, John. "Coronavirus: Musician Larry Campbell tests positive; played with Bob Dylan, Levon Helm". Poughkeepsie Journal. USA Today. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  11. ^ Browne, David (April 2, 2020). "Veteran Rock Guitarist Larry Campbell on Battling Coronavirus: 'This Thing Has Been a Beast'".
  12. ^ Wilk, Tom (April 30, 2005). "Larry Campbell – Rooftops". No Depression. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  13. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams". AllMusic. Retrieved January 5, 2017.

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Preceded by AMA Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist
Succeeded by