Signature Sounds Presents
The Backstage Sessions at Signature Sounds: Jim Olsen with Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Watch Jim Olsen’s interview with Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams here before you hop over to your favorite online platform and watch the 8pm Feb 14th episode of “It Was the Music” —a 10-episode series chronicling the lives and love of acclaimed musicians Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. Details below.
Sunday, February 14th at 7pm, ET
One of the luckiest things about working in music is the unforgettable life of backstage conversation. The off-handed chat of musicians and old friends, crossing paths out on the road, of radio personalities interviewing stars, of promoters chatting with players in green rooms, well into the small hours. This winter, on all the cold and locked-down Sunday nights, we’re bringing you behind the scenes for a new online series called the Backstage Sessions. We asked some of our favorite industry friends—dj's, music writers, podcast hosts, festival promoters, even musicians and dancers themselves—to choose an artist they'd love to talk to. Each Sunday is a different pairing, with conversation and unexpected music.The series is online at www.signaturesoundspresents.com. It’s by donation. So if you’re broke, come for free. Rolling in it? Throw in a $20 or more. The majority of the income goes to the interviewer and artist, or to a cause of their choice. The rest goes to keeping the Sig Sounds crew working till we can reopen our doors. The Backstage Sessions will run from January 2021-April 2021.
Stream it here: signaturesounds.com/homesessions
We're excited to have Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams "in" for a virtual interview on the night of an episode of their great series documentary "It Was the Music."
Signature Sounds founder Jim Olsen has enjoyed a 30-year career in the music industry. Olsen’s journey started at the Ithaca College radio station WICB in 1978. After graduating from college he worked a number of radio jobs until landing at WRSI in Northampton, Massachsuetts, in 1984. Olsen spent ten years as music and program director at the station prior to forming Signature Sounds in 1994. He continues to DJ at the station, hosting the popular Back Porch program on Sunday mornings. Along the way, Olsen helped create the Green River Festival, where he continues to serve as music director and talent buyer.
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
IT WAS THE MUSIC is both a musical odyssey and deeply personal love story about two musicians who, in search of what they call "music utopia", step off the tour bus and into the limelight to make it on their own. A 3x GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer-songwriter, and bandleader, Larry Campbell is a true veteran hailed for his defining work with such artists as Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes, and many more. Known for her resonant alto and passion for music “that comes from the dirt,” Teresa Williams is an exceptional singer/actor known for her highly acclaimed roles as Sara Carter in Keep On The Sunny Side and the title role in Always….Patsy Cline as well as her serving as a stellar vocalist for Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Phil Lesh and Friends and Peter Wolf, to name but a few. Having at long last set forth on their own joint musical career, IT WAS THE MUSIC sees the couple packing their bags, guitars, amps, and 30-year marriage into their SUV and setting out across America to sing their own extraordinary songs along with riveting interpretations of beloved gospel, blues, country, and classic rock ‘n’ roll.
IT WAS THE MUSIC follows Campbell and Williams over 15 months on the road, from its starting point on a Friday afternoon on Williams’ seventh generation farm in Peckerwood Point, TN, to Campbell’s native New York City and the couple’s home in Woodstock, NY, to recording studios, clubs, and theatres across the country. Highlights throughout include exclusive live performances from intimate venues and jam-packed music festivals, culminating in its grand finale with selections from the star-studded “The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Celebration” presented by Lincoln Center at NYC’s Damrosch Park.
IT WAS THE MUSIC reveals the magic and process of creating and performing music as a couple, often captured off-stage in remarkably private, candid moments – on back porches and backyards, farm fields and kitchens, remote cabins, dressing rooms, and of course, in church. As their journey moves forward, Campbell and Williams are joined by many of their famous friends, fans, and collaborators, who speak to the ongoing power of American music while hearkening back to a halcyon era when rock ‘n’ roll resonated with an entire generation to change the world. Along with the couple’s own personal story, IT WAS THE MUSIC includes exclusive interviews and never-before-seen performances from Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, William Bell, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Phil Lesh, Jerry Douglas, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Garland Jeffreys, Happy Traum, David Bromberg, and many more. But through it all, IT WAS THE MUSIC is first and foremost a love story, as Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams show how love can create the music and how the music can bring us together.
“IT WAS THE MUSIC is about what music means to us,” says director Mark Moskowitz, “the way my film, STONE READER, is about what books means to us, and my upcoming film, ART STOPS HERE, is about what art means to us. In the end, these films are about us, how people respond to the arts. Not quite documentary, not quite reality, not quite memoir, not quite even story, IT WAS THE MUSIC is referential, memory-like. It’s allusive. Things touch other things…much like a song.”
ABOUT LARRY CAMPBELL AND TERESA WILLIAMS
Larry Campbell is of course one of Americana’s most well-regarded multi-instrumentalists and producers, known for his extraordinary collaboration with the late, great Levon Helm on three GRAMMY® Award-winning albums as well as his role as invaluable session player and sideman for such iconic artists as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, and Hot Tuna. Steeped in traditional gospel and years of performing in musical theatre, Teresa Williams has earned applause for her extraordinary voice and a resonant love for American music that bursts forth in her work with Levon Helm, Hot Tuna, Phil Lesh and Friends, Little Feat, Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin. After almost three decades as a couple, the two gifted musicians finally united in the studio in 2015 for the acclaimed LARRY CAMPBELL & TERESA WILLIAMS, followed two years later by the even more ambitious CONTRABAND LOVE, the latter prompting American Songwriter to rave, “This couple has tapped into the dusky spirit of Americana in all of its forms (folk, blues, rock and roll, gospel etc.) and created a unique sound inspired by the past, that is spirited, stirring and timeless.” “Campbell and Williams have created another great album of new songs that evoke the old classics of the roadways (and roadhouses) stretching along the Deep South between Nashville and New Orleans and the lesser-known, dustier trails along the way,” declared Pop Matters, adding, “The true Americana isn't a sound; it's a feeling. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams make you feel it with every song.”
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The Backstage Sessions will run from January 2021-April 2021