A Star Is Born
I have known Larry and Teresa for close to a quarter of a century and being a friend of their’s watched both of their career’s evolve and blossom. Working with them on several of my own projects, I have seen them both in and out of the studio and just what seasoned and incredible players they both are.
Now in the late 70′s and 80′s I put down my guitar and stopped writing songs for a while to write for numerous Music publications penning interviews and articles to make a humble living.
I want you to understand that I am not writing this for pay nor my friendship and love for Teresa and a Larry but rather because I think it needs to be said. I was moved greatly last night by what to me could have been a religious experience of sorts.
A dear friend of mine purchased a ticket for me and took me to see Larry and Teresa perform in Tannersville for The Hunter Foundation with a new combination of players as their back up band. The band consisted of Justin Guip on drums, Glen Patsche on keyboards and Catherine a Popper on bass.
The show opened up with Teresa belting out the Rev. Gary Davis classic “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” and from that moment on I was memorized and taken under Teresa’s spell. I witnessed a metamorphosis of sorts and was hit with a ton of bricks acknowledging that Ms Williams was not part of a duo backing Larry but rather a star in her own right. The power and control of her vocals was more than impressive. Teresa has every move down on stage and comes off humorous at times telling stories about her home in Tennessee in between songs and playing and flirting with Mr. Campbell. I put Teresa right up there not only as a seasoned and extraordinary singer but a stellar performer in the ranks of Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton all rolled up into one and more. Teresa took full command of the audience and the show was very well arranged including Larry playing a song from his classic instrumental album “Rooftops” called “Blind Mary” which was flawless and a new song that Larry wrote with Julie Miller, that will be on Larry and Teresa’s long awaited recording that Larry promised, “will come out soon” called “Lonely Highway”. The band was no less than stupendous and to hear Justin in a new room and assortment of players really brought out his rock steady drumming. Glen Patsche on Hammond B3 and keyboards was simply brilliant and Catherine Popper just amazed me with her bass playing and stage presence.
Now none of this is to take away from the genius and multi talented Larry Campbell who always seems to get better and better even though many times I think that it’s not humanly possible to play that good. Campbell was the best I had seen him in years. However this was Teresa’s night.
I witnessed the birth of a star. Teresa Williams has worked extremely hard to deserve this luminous shining and people get ready when Larry and Teresa come to your town.
Charles Lyonhart 9/20/14
A Star Is Born