From Broadway to Bob,
Campbell accepts a coffee and a chat, but emphasizes that he will not say
anything about his boss, Dylan. The Sunday show however, he was
pleased with." It was great being back in Norway and beautiful to play while the sun
still up. But as I grow older, the jet-lag keep getting worse", he
"It is always great playing with Bob, because it is different every
you know. I played in a Broadway show for two years. It was interesting for a
then I went tired of playing the same stuff every day. This is, in a way,
exact opposite situation and it is great", Campbell explains.
"If Bob stops touring I will too. Then I will stay in New York doing
From Stephen Ackles to Paul Simon,
Larry Campbell is in fact a popular studio musician who has contributed
more than 50 records. Among others he has worked with Paul Simon, Johnny
Roseanne Cash, Shawn Colvin and Edie Brickell. In addition the American
of all things produced three albums for the Norwegian Stephen Ackles.
Campbell came in contact with Ackles after his many visits to Norway
the eighties. He came to Norway for the first time in 1979, with Bob
old folk duo friends Happy and Artie Traum. As tour guitarist for the
country rock artist, Doug Sahm some years later, he became a regular at
Hulen (Venue in Bergen).
"It's a great place! Some venues just feel great, you know. I can't
it, but it always felt great playing at Hulen. The response was great
is intimate. I also like Bergen a lot."
Dylan-fan since youth,
Later Campbell also visited Norway with the folk rock artist Greg
and with Cyndi Lauper, known for the hits "Girls just wanna have fun"
"True Colours". Pop music has never been his thing though, he explains.
"I started playing guitar in 1966. The Beatles and Bob Dylan were a
influence to me, as to everybody else. In the early 70's I only wanted
play country music, and learned to play the fiddle, mandolin, banjo and
pedal steel. At the same time I grew up at the end of the American
folk-music boom and love that", Campbell says. In the end of the 70's he
lived at Woodstock Mountain Revue, with people like the Traum brothers,
Butterfield, Eric Andersen, John Sebastian and Ben Keith.
"My passion includes all roots-influenced American music, along with
traditional music from other countries. Norway for instance", says
He has among other things tried the "hardingfiddle"(Norwegian traditional
"It went okay, but you have to learn the tunes."