Artist Profiles: The Campbell Brothers

The Campbell Brothers

The Campbell Brothers, from Rush, New York, perform Sacred Steel: African-American gospel music with electric steel guitar and vocals. This tradition is just now emerging from the House of God Keith Dominion Church where for over decades it has been an integral part of worship and a vital if little known American tradition. As the music moves from sanctuary to concert hall, including the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Symphony Space, secular audiences are now able to appreciate a performance both religious and rocking.

Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell (2004 National Heritage Fellowship recipient) 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 over two decades is a high-energy rhythm section featuring brother Phil Campbell on electric guitar, his son Carlton on drums and bassist Malcom Kirby. Classic gutsy gospel vocals by Katie Jackson and/or Denise Brown bring the ensemble to a high level of energy.

Discography:

Pass Me Not (Arhoolie Records, 1997)
Sacred Steel On Tour! (Arhoolie Records, 2001)
Sacred Steel for the Holidays (Arhoolie Records, 2001)
Can You Feel It? (Ropeadope Records, 2005)
Beyond The 4 Walls (APO Records, 2013)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, and Music of the World.

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