Larry Campbell is a multi-instrumentalist who has been a studio musician, recording music with other artists on their albums, and a respected sideman, performing as a backup musician in clubs and concert venues, since the seventies. He moves freely between rock, blues, country, folk and Celtic, playing guitar, fiddle, mandolin, pedal steel, cittern, dobro and banjo. He presently has his own solo acoustic guitar album out called "Rooftops".
Larry has had extensive experience as a studio musician as evidenced by his discography. Over the past few years, Larry has recorded with Judy Collins, Linda Thompson, Sheryl Crow, B. B. King, and Willie Nelson just to name a few.
As a sideman, Larry is probably best known for his time spent in Bob Dylan's band. Larry was a member of Bob Dylan's "Never Ending Tour" band from March 31, 1997 until November 21, 2004. When he joined the band, he replaced J.J. Jackson as a guitarist and his role in the band expanded to multi-instrumentalist, playing other instruments such as cittern, violin/fiddle, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin, banjo and slide guitar. He also contributed vocals. When introducing Larry and the rest of the band, Bob Dylan often referred to them as some of the finest musicians in the country.
When Larry was not performing with Bob Dylan, he often made guest appearances with other artists including Richard Shindell, Buddy and Julie Miller, Levon Helm and Little Feat. Prior to 1997, Larry played on tour with other artists, including Cyndi Lauper , K. D. Lang,and Rosanne Cash.
Since Larry's departure from Bob Dylan's band, he continues to make guest appearances with various artists including Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm and Phil Lesh.
In addition, Larry has been performing with Teresa Williams. They have performed locally in New York City, on Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour and on The Blue Plate Special, a radio show out of Knoxville, Tennessee. Most recently, Larry and Teresa performed at The Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia, for "Song of the Mountains" , The Lincoln Theatre's award-winning bluegrass concert series, showcasing the best in bluegrass and old-time music. They regularly perform at Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles in Woodstock, New York. These Rambles are held several times a month at Levon Helm's studio. He bases his Ramble Sessions on the southern medicine shows of his youth and has invited some of the most notable blues entertainers and musicians of our time to perform at The Rambles.
Over the years, Larry has contributed his talents to several musicals. In 1982, Larry performed in the orchestra for "Alaska, the Musical" playing fiddle, acoustic and electric guitar, pedal steel and banjo. Larry also performed in the orchestra for "Big River" in 1985 and "Rhythm Ranch" in 1989. In addition, he played pedal steel guitar and fiddle for the entire several year run of "The Will Rogers Follies" which opened on broadway in New York City on May 1, 1991.
In addition to performing and recording with other artists, Larry has been called on by numerous musicians to produce their albums. In 2003, Larry played on, wrote for and produced an album for "The Dixie Hummingbirds" called "Diamond Jubilation". In 2005, Larry produced his own solo acoustic guitar album, "Rooftops". In 2005, he also produced Willie Nelson's version of "He Was A Friend of Mine" for the "Brokeback Mountain" movie soundtrack. In 2006, he produced "Riverside Battle Songs" with Ollabelle . This year, he produced (along with Amy Helm) "Dirt Farmer", an album for Levon Helm that contains music reminiscent of Levon's past and songs handed down from Levon's parents. Larry also produced an album for Marie Knight this year. Her album, "Let Us Get Together", is a tribute to Reverend Gary Davis. In addition, Larry produced two songs for an upcoming cd that will raise money for Don Imus' Ranch for kids with cancer. The songs are covers by Levon Helm. Presently, he is producing an album for Catherine Russell.