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Larry Campbell

Background information
Birth name Larry Campbell
Born February 21, 1955 (1955-02-21) (age 54)
New York City, New York
United States
Genres Folk rock, folk, rock, blues, country
Occupations Musician, Producer, artist
Instruments Guitar, mandolin, Violin, Irish bouzouki, vocals, bass
Years active 1980 – present
Associated acts Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Phil Lesh and Friends
Website Larry Campbell

Larry Campbell (born February 21, 1955 in New York City, New York) is a multi-instrumentalist who plays many stringed instruments (including uitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar, slide guitar, and violin) in genres including country, folk, blues, and rock. He is most widely known for his playing on Bob Dylan's Love and Theft and for being an integral part of Dylan's live band for several years. He also appeared in Dylan's 2003 movie Masked and Anonymous.

Campbell has had extensive experience as a studio musician. Over the past years, Larry has recorded with Levon Helm, Judy Collins, Linda Thompson, Sheryl Crow, B. B. King, Willie Nelson, Buddy and Julie Miller, Kinky Friedman, Levon Helm, Little Feat, Cyndi Lauper, K. D. Laing, and Rosanne Cash, just to name a few.

Campbell was a member of Bob Dylan's "Never Ending Tour" band from March 31, 1997 until November 21, 2004. Through his association with Tony Garnier, Bob Dylan's bass player, Larry joined the band, replacing J.J. 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. 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.

Campbell was felt to have contributed heavily to Dylan's 2001 album Love and Theft, with it's expansion into the realm of Western Swing and other groundbreaking areas for Dylan. He also was perceived as having a profound effect on the tightness and well-rounded sound of that period's live performances, in part due to his years of experience producing, arranging, and freelancing with a rich variety of styles. During the '70s and '80s, Campbell performed regularly on New York City's burgeoning Country Music scene, appearing with well-known local artists and musicians such as Tommie Joe White, John Leventhal, Bruce and Billy Lang, Tom Russell, Larry Eagle, Mike Holliman, Phil Leone, Dave Sonnenborn, Bruce Kirschner, Carolyn "Charlie" Burella, Charlie Story, Larry Federman, Marc Dannenhirsch, Soozie Tyrell, Mindy Jostyn, Skip Krevins, Mike Levine, Josh Dubin, Bob Miano, Kenny Davis (Leichtling), Jason Bergman, "Fooch" Fischetti, Drew Perkins, Mike Heaphy, Woody Vermeer, and others, 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. Many celebrities were known to frequent these clubs, such as John Candy, Robert Duvall, Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, Stan Musial (who played harmonica), and many others.

Since Campbell's departure from Bob Dylan's band, he has continued to make guest appearances with various artists including Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash. He tours regularly with Levon Helm and Phil Lesh. He has also produced albums for many artists, including Jorma Kaukonen most recently.

In earlier years, Campbell contributed his talents to several musicals. 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.

Beginning in the late 70s, 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 and John Sebastian. The Revue recorded 5 classic albums for Rounder Records, and although Rounder allowed over 50 of their albums to go out-of-print, the band is widely considered one of the premier folk groups of all time.

On Thursday September 18, 2008, at the 7th Annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Show, Campbell was presented with The Lifetime Achievement ~ Instrumentalist Award.

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Awards
Preceded by
Ry Cooder
AMA Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist
2008
Succeeded by
Sam Bush
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