Larry Campbell is an American multi-instrumentalist who plays many stringed instruments including guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar, slide guitar, banjo, bass, cittern and violin in genres including Americana, 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 and as bandleader/producer for Levon Helm from 2005 to 2012.
Campbell also has extensive experience as a studio musician and producer. He has recorded with such artists as Levon Helm, Judy Collins, Keith Richards, 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. He is a three-time Grammy winner as a producer.
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.
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.
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.
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 cittern, violin/fiddle, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, and slide guitar.
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 The Dixie Hummingbirds, Marie Knight, David Bromberg, The Stray Birds, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Marley’s Ghost, Hot Tuna, Tara Nevins and Jorma Kaukonen.
Campbell toured regularly with Levon Helm, in addition to producing Helm's three Grammy-winning albums, Dirt Farmer, Electric Dirt, and Ramble At the Ryman, and acting as the musical director for Levon's Midnight Ramble concerts.
Campbell is credited with playing 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.
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. Campbell and his wife, Teresa, released two albums on Red House Records: a self-titled debut in 2015 and Contraband Love in 2017. citation needed
On September 18, 2008, at the 7th Annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Show, Campbell was presented with The Lifetime Achievement ~ Instrumentalist Award.
What They Play
- Neck Material:Maple
- Fingerboard Radius:12"
- Nut:1 3/8"
- Fretwire:23 Jescar FW37053
- Scale Length:21"
- Body Style:A-style w/ S-Holes
- Body Dimensions:12" x 15 5/8" x 1 27/32"
- Body Top:Solid Spruce
- Body Back/Sides:Solid Maple
- Truss Rod:Single Acting
- Binding Material:Ivoroid
- Logo:Maple Headstock
- Inlay:Pearl Dots
- Side Dot Color:Black
- Finish:Matte Nitrocellulose
- Hardware Color:Nickel
- Tailpiece:Stamped Chrome Brass
- Nut Height:0.018"
- Pickup:Optional K&K Mandolin Twin ($200)
- Tuners:Quality Geared Tuners
- Strap Peg:Ebony
- Strings:D'Addario J80
- Action Height:0.060"/0.050"
- Case:Padded Gig Bag