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CAMPBELL BROTHERS

FLI Artists - Matt Greenhill

Folklore, Inc

 

© 2019 The Campbell Brothers.

Website by Malcolm Moore

ABOUT

"There's a thinking side to what we do...

  How am I treating my fellow man?

How am I living?

Am I doing the right things in life?"

-Darick Campbell

 

As the music moves from sanctuary to

concert hall — including the Hollywood

Bowl, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center,

SF Jazz, North Seat Jazz, Brooklyn

Academy of Music and Symphony Space

— secular audiences are now able to

appreciate a performance both

devoted and rocking.

Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell

and his lap steel-playing brother Darick

are two of the finest in this tradition.

Rounding out the band, which has

been playing together for nearly two

decades, is a high-energy rhythm

section featuring brother

Phil Campbell on electric guitar

and his son Carlton

on drums. Katie Jackson's classic,

gutsy gospel vocals bring

the ensemble to a level of energy

and expression that defies description.

 

Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell

and his lap steel-playing brother Darick

are two of the finest in this tradition.

Rounding out the band, which has

been playing together for nearly two

decades, is a high-energy

rhythm section featuring brother

Phil Campbell on electric guitar

and his son Carlton on drums.

Katie Jackson's classic, gutsy

gospel vocals bring the ensemble

to a level of energy and expression

that defies description.

 

The Campbell Brothers present

a compelling, rich variety of material

from the African-American

Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with

a new twist: the growling, wailing,

shouting, singing and swinging

voice of the steel guitar,

played as you have never

heard it played before.

"This man (Chuck) is the Jimi Hendrix
and the Django Reinhardt of the steel guitar…"
-Andy Grigg, Real Blues

Chuck Campbell began playing the lap

steel guitar at the age of 12. At the age

of 17 he became one of the first players

to utilize the Pedal Steel guitar in the

House of God Church, Keith Dominion.

Chuck is renowned for his innovative

approach to the instrument both

technically and musically. His use of

effects such as distortion, and wah pedal

and his picking techniques enable him

to emulate the human voice in an uncanny

fashion, which evokes images of gospel

moaning and field singing. Early in

his career Chuck became recognized

for becoming the first steel player to

be accomplished in the Sacred Steel

styles of Calvin Cooke, Ted Beard

and Henry Nelson when most

steel players could only play in one!

Chuck’s inventive blending of those

methods along with his ground breaking

use of complex chords and fast

picking formed the musical style which

is the most emulated among

young Sacred Steel players today.

Chuck’s brother Darick Campbell first

made his mark in music as a drummer.

For several years Darick was the premier

drummer of the General Assembly, the

National Convocation of the House Of

God Church in Nashville, TN. His choice

of the Lap Steel is a reflection of the

influences he has blended to become

the most emotional player of

The Campbell Brothers

musical tour d’force.

Phillip Campbell began life as a drummer

but quickly proceeded to the instrument

which is arguably his most accomplished,

the bass guitar. It was on the bass that

Phil began to explore the many genres

which form his eclectic musical

personality. As his self-taught

explorations took him

into bass chord harmonics 

and figures, Phil began to look at

the other instruments which lent

themselves to chordal progressions

which would express his melodic tastes

and further compliment the Sacred Steel

playing of his brothers. The guitar became

the weapon of choice because of its

ability to drive the music. Phil now

combinesthe rhythmic attributes of the

guitar with MIDI guitar synthesis

to bring a unique stylistic

blend, which perfectly complements

the Steels across all genres into which

they venture. Phil’s work as a songwriter

has also been recognized. His song,

Breakthrough, has been published

in Germany for an upcoming

Gospel compilation CD.

Drummer Carl Campbell is the heartbeat

of the Campbell Brothers. Carl and dad,

Phil, form the rhythmic foundation upon

which The Campbell Brothers soulful

Gospel is built. Formally trained in

Jazz and Band Percussion, Carlton has

been able to assimilate the classic

rudiments of drumming with his

improvisational upbringing in

Church to formulate a style which always

finds itself in the groove. Carlton continues

to stretch his boundaries by studying the

Sacred Steel tradition on his own double

neck Fender String Master as he

pursues his dream of being

a “Campbell Brother."