The iconic backup singer, Teresa Williams has been around on the music scene for several decades but recently rose to the forefront and created quite a buzz in the industry. Teresa is part of the married-couple, music duo that features Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Larry Campbell, and the the singing and guitar talents of Teresa. With a rich history of music-making to their credit including backup singing for some of the biggest names in the music world, the couple continue to bring their talents to the stage time and time again.
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A budding romance and career
Teresa Williams grew up on a West Tennessee farm surrounded by music from an early age. She sang at church and revivals before she began a professional career in music. Collecting inspiration and influence from the south including the Nashville and Kentucky music scene, Teresa’s voice drips with the sweet and authentic melodies that the area is known for.
For the sake of her music career, she moved to New York City where she featured in bands like Southern Comfort and Swing Fever. Teresa also originated the role of Sara Carter, lead singer of the Original Carter Family, for the musical Keep On the Sunny Side. It was in NYC that she met future husband and duo partner, Larry Campbell.
Playing together at the city's famed Bottom Line Club during the mid 80's, the two were instantly smitten with each other and married soon after. Though they continued on their separate musical highways for years, they kept circling back to each other. Adept at an array of stringed instruments and music styles, Larry became associated with a number of notable acts which also includes an eight-year stint with the iconic Bob Dylan. Teresa meanwhile honed her singing chops collaborating with artists like Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller.
Collaborating with the greats
Williams and Campbell have toured together with a number of iconic acts including the Levon Helm Band, Phil Lesh and Friends and Hot Tuna. Among their many recordings are Jorma Kaukonen's River of Time, Steady as She Goes by Hot Tuna, and Levon Helm's three Grammy-winning records Dirt Farmer, Ramble at the Ryman and Electric Dirt. After Helm's death, the two have continued their association with his Midnight Rambles band and the Dirt Farmer band. Teresa has also contributed her talents to Helm's MerleFest Ramble and the concert movie Love for Levon.
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
The veteran musicians recently released their first duo album titled Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams and rose to the forefront of the music landscape. The music community has hailed their efforts and the news has earned them publicity. Released under the label of Red House Records, the album features eleven tracks, eight original and three covers, that showcase the variety of influences of its creators, ranging from blues, gospel, rock and country.
Though the two have collaborated on numerous music projects alongside other artists, this is their first attempt at releasing music as a pair and it is already charting among the top twenty on the “Top Heatseekers” chart. The album features the groovy love song “Surrender to Love” which is written by Campbell and incorporates more than a little autobiography. Other notable singles include “Everybody Loves You” and “Bad Luck Charm.” A lifetime of collaborative experiences contribute to this inspirational album that has its roots in Americana music.
Setting out on the road
As the duo embark on upcoming tour with legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, Teresa Williams tickets are likely to attract huge audiences. Together they bring a rich performing experience to the stage which will make it a music event to remember. With dozens of sold-out performances under their belt, the music maestros prepare to astound with their anticipated live gigs.