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Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams Release Second Studio Album ‘Contraband Love’ Via Red House Records.

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams have released their second studio album, ‘Contraband Love’ on Red House Records. Produced by Campbell, the 11 track album has earned praise from Relix, who called the record “rife with joyousness,” and American Songwriter, who hailed the couple’s ability to “create a unique sound inspired by the past that is spirited, stirring and timeless.” Larry and Teresa will celebrate the album’s release with a special performance at Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley tonight, as part of the annual AmericanaFest.

‘Contraband Love’ is the follow up to Larry and Teresa’s 2015 self-titled debut, and represents a leap forward for the duo as they dive even more deeply into their shared pool of musical and life experience. ‘Contraband’ features adventurous songwriting, powerful new interpretations of their blues and gospel influences, sterling musicianship and some achingly vulnerable vocals by Teresa and Larry as they tackle emotionally stormy themes of love and betrayal.

Along with the eight tracks penned by Campbell, ‘Contraband Love’ also includes covers of the 1923 tune “My Sweetie Went Away,” popularized by Bessie Smith and the Carl Perkins classic “Turn Around,” featuring Levon Helm’s drumming captured shortly before his passing. The duo worked closely with Helm for seven years – Campbell as bandleader and producer (for which he won three Grammys), and Williams as singer. Other special guests on the album include Little Feat’s Bill Payne and another former member of Helm’s band (current bassist for The Lumineers), Byron Isaacs.

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Album 1 – Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

“Jackson Browne is a shrewd man. It was pure genius to invite Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams along as opening act on his current tour; not only does the audience get to experience the pure joy of these two Americana icons but Brown gets to entice the duo to join his already exceptional band.” – Boston Herald

“Passionate, eloquent, spilling over with regal harmonies…channeling Emmylou and Gram.” – Uncut (9/10 stars)

“44 minutes of roots music gold. American roots fans take note, this album will still sound as fresh and bracing in a decade as it does now.” – All Music

“Shows off a lifetime of devotion to American music and a mastery of capturing it with the soul of the thing intact.” – Nashville Scene

“A beautiful disc that is way too long overdue.” – No Depression

“The first couple of Americana…we’re in the presence of pros.” – Mojo

“Throughout the record, there’s a poignant sense of intimacy in both the lyrics and the emotive, soulful delivery of the two singers.” – Relix

“an utter delight from beginning to end.” – Sing Out

“Campbell is a genius at songwriting, playing, arranging and producing’ when it comes to singing, Williams carries the day.”- American Songwriter

“…the pair distinguished themselves as they displayed a musicianly savvy of the highest order….while Campbell never really called attention to his proficiency with multiple guitars and mandolin, every one of his solos was earmarked with pinpoint precision…”– Glide Magazine

“There’s magic at work here.” – Vintage Guitar

Album Two – Contraband Love

“Bittersweet and wounded and honest.” – TIME

“Rife with joyousness…[Larry and Teresa] put honesty and directness above all.” – Relix

“[Larry and Teresa] have created a unique sound inspired by the past, that is spirited, stirring and timeless.” – American Songwriter

“Americana’s Sonny and Cher.” – No Depression

“The true Americana isn’t a sound; it’s a feeling. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams make you feel it with every song.” – PopMatters

“Undeniably human.” – Folk Alley

“Campbell and Williams have created an object lesson in authenticity.” – Glide


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