Doors, Bar & Restaurant open at 5:30. Music at 8:00. No Cover. Donations encouraged.
Thursday February 13
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams Contraband Love
"Williams’ powerful vocals, steeped in old time traditional country....Holding it all together was Campbell’s, effortless, impeccable guitar and fiddle playing....with magical sounds emanating fluidly from his fingers, without the usual cliched macho facial contortions which usually accompany such feats of dexterity." - No Depression
Multi-instrumentalist-vocalist Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams have rocked as center stage performers and invaluable assets to world class acts. A shortlist of artists who’ve benefited from their talents, live and in studios, reads like a Who’s Who: Bob Dylan (Larry spent eight years on Dylan's Never Ending Tour), Paul Simon, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Phil Lesh, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, and, for one miraculous seven-year stretch, Levon Helm. In 2008, Larry was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his instrumental work by the Americana Music Association.
Frequent guesting with Phil Lesh, Little Feat, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, brought to the stage the crackling creative energy of a decades-long offstage union. A whirlwind of touring and promo followed, and when the dust cleared, the duo was ready to do it all again. Which brings us to Contraband Love, a riskier slice of Americana.
Larry, who produced Contraband Love, says, “I wanted this record to be a progression, bigger than the first one. That’s all I knew. I wanted the songwriting to be deeper, the arrangements more interesting, the performances more dynamic. Specifically how to get there, I didn’t know. I did know the songs were different. The subject matter was darker than anything else I’ve written.”
Indeed. Contraband Love stands as a new, bolder chapter in a story that arose triumphantly joyous from loss. “When Levon died,” Teresa says, “that put Larry into high gear. He’d already had his head set about making a record, but then it felt like a train took off! We just said, ‘life is short.’”
After years on the road and in studios, often apart, Levon Helm called. He was putting together a band for the soon-to-be legendary Midnight Rambles at his barn-studio in Woodstock, NY. This humble beginning – playing in a barn on a dirt road – inaugurated the greatest musical experience of Larry and Teresa’s lives.Now, the couple brings it all back home with Americana style and timeless soul, offered with a generosity that can only come from rich experience.
Opener: Diana DeMuth
Diana Demuth: Lead vocal, guitar
Billy Pearson: Bass, keys
Renee Hikari: Drums
Diana DeMuth is a powerful young singer-songwriter from the Massachusetts coast. She has just released her debut single “Hotel Song” and is currently working on her debut album with visionary multi-platinum record producers/arrangers Simone Felice and David Baron (The Lumineers, Jade Bird, Vance Joy, Bat For Lashes, Noah Kahan, Phoebe Bridgers, Felice Brothers, Sean Mendez, Conor Oberst, Matt Maeson). Diana's next single, "Rose of Nantucket" was released in January.