EAST MEREDITH — On Saturday, June 9, starting at 8 p.m., the West Kortright Centre presents Americana icons Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams. The duo blends country, blues, gospel, and honky-tonk stylings, deftly channeling Memphis, Chicago, the Delta, and Appalachia with equal assurance. As fellow musician Emmylou Harris says, “The music Larry and Teresa make when they sing together is truly transcendent.”
After seven years of playing together in Levon Helm’s band, on tour and at his Midnight Rambles, and frequent guest playing with the likes of Little Feat, Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane’s Jorma Kaukonen, and Jack Casady, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams released their acclaimed eponymous debut album in 2015. After a whirlwind of touring and promo, the duo released a “riskier slice of Americana”, Contraband Love, in September of 2017.
Campbell, perhaps most widely known for his years as a member of Bob Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour” band, is a three-time Grammy winning producer and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from the Americana Music Association. An accomplished studio musician, he has recorded with such artists as Judy Collins, Linda Thompson, Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, B. B. King, Willie Nelson, Buddy and Julie Miller, k.d. lang, and Rosanne Cash, among others. Williams grew up in West Tennessee, not far from the music capitals of Muscle Shoals, Memphis, and Nashville. She sang in church from an early age and absorbed the country, country gospel, country blues, rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, bluegrass, and R & B that surrounded her.
When Campbell and Williams got a taste of being a performing duo at the Rambles with Helm, the idea that they could expand on that was completely alluring, not only because they were fortunate enough to work with him and so many other amazing musicians, but because it was a way for them to be together and do the thing they love most—playing music. As Campbell says, “the way I see it, when Teresa and I are together, doing our material for people who come to see us, then everything I ever wanted out of life is pretty well complete.”
Delaware Academy sixth-grader Risdon Reed will performing an opening song, with vocals and guitar, as part of the West Kortright Centre’s Opening Acts: Young Artists Showcase.
Tickets are $30 ($34 day of); $27 WKC Member ($30 day of); $12 Under 19. Tickets are available online until 24 hours before the show. The ticket booth opens at 7PM; doors open at 7:30. This is an indoor concert; however, concertgoers are encouraged to come early to purchase food on-site (served by The Smoke Shack from Delhi, includes vegetarian options) and enjoy a picnic in the bucolic West Kortright Centre valley before the show, starting at 6PM. (Under-tent dinner seating available in case of rain.)
The West Kortright Centre is located midway between Oneonta, Delhi, and Stamford. Follow signs from state Route 23 in Davenport Center or state Route 10 east of Delhi. For advance tickets and exact travel directions, visit www.westkc.org.