Bios & Cast

The People In the Scenes and Behind the Series
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

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.”

Happy Traum

Happy Traum

Happy Traum comes from the legendary Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1950s and ‘60s. An innovator, his now famous transcription books taught a generation of guitarists how to play. And six decades of performing, folkloring, teaching and recording have made him one of the most loved musicians of his time.

Jerry Douglas

Jerry Douglas

Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar, reinventing the instrument in countless ways.  Whether live, or on countless records by the likes of George Jones, Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, and Tommy Emmanuel, among many others, his music is forward-leaning and cuts across all genres.

Tracy Nelson

Tracy Nelson

Tracy Nelson is a pioneering rock blues singer-songwriter. With her band, Mother Earth, she was one of the first to turn rock toward Americana in the late 60s. A true hero to many, she stood up for own music in a time when that was not so easy in the music business.

Jack Casady

Jack Casady

Jack Casady, half of Hot Tuna, makes whole one of the rarest, greatest partnerships in music. To hear Jack talk passionately about music with the same intensity he plays bass is itself a musical treat.

Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen's guitar riffs defined 60s psychedelia for many, and later as part of Hot Tuna he continued to show the way. Catch his Fur Peace Quarantine shows every Saturday night, buy his tea , and by all means read his book.

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton carries on a true songster tradition: a one-man touring phenom who plays ragtime, hokum, old-time, French reels, Appalachian mountain music and blues and more.

Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin has won three GRAMMY Awards, released twelve albums, appeared on countless television and radio programs, and had her songs featured in major motion pictures.

Buddy Miller

Buddy Miller

Buddy Miller is half of another great musical duo. He and his wife Julie have solo records, records together, and Buddy’s produced standout albums by Solomon Burke, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Patty Griffin, Richard Thompson, and Steve Earle. He joined T Bone Burnett on the musical team for the TV hit Nashville, and then became the show’s executive music producer.

Mark Moskowitz- Director

Mark Moskowitz- Director

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.

Stephen Riggio- Executive Producer

Stephen Riggio- Executive Producer

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.

Cinematography

Cinematography

Dane Smith- Cinematography

Cenna Wilkerson- Cinematography

Jeff Steinborn- Additional Cinematography

Nancy Baysinger- Additional Cinematography

Dave Huntley- Additional Cinematography

Emily Topper- Additional Cinematography

Michael Fitzer- Additional Cinematography

Tony Stewart- Additional Cinematography

Editing

Editing

Kathleen Soulliere

John Pappalardo

Cenna Wilkerson

Sound

Sound

John D. Gooch- Production Sound

Cedric Akins- Production Sound

John Bowen- Post-Production Sound

Producing

Producing

Stephen Carey- Producer

Colleen Atchley- Associate Producer