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.”
Mark Moskowitz is an internationally acclaimed producer and director, hailed for such award-winning documentaries as STONE READER, which drew applause in theatres and film festivals around the world en route to being named as one of the ten best films of 2003. Along with his full-length work as documentarian, Moskowitz is widely known in the world of political media, directing thousands of issue-oriented ads for Democratic political candidates at every level, spanning local to national candidates in 49 states. Along with IT WAS THE MUSIC, his upcoming projects include ART STOPS HERE, a feature documentary about art collectors slated for release in 2021, as well as SLUM RUNNERS, a powerful film about youths trying to find their way out of Kibera (Nairobi) by competing as long distance runners.
On a rainy Saturday sometime in 2001, Stephen Riggio placed into his VCR a tape of the as yet unreleased Stone Reader, Mark Moskowitz’s literary detective story about his search for Dow Mossman, author of the highly praised, yet forgotten and out of print novel, The Stones of Summer. Believing that Mark’s film was the best movie about books and reading ever made, he was determined to help bring the film to the market and the book back into print. At the time Steve was Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, so everything fell into place: the film was released to critical acclaim and the book sold 100,000 copies. Stephen and Mark’s friendship grew through years of discussions about art, music, and literature, always hoping that they would someday collaborate on another project.