WANT TO GO?
The Campbell Brothers, with The Carpenter Ants
WHERE: Haddad Riverfront Park
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday
INFO: Visit www.liveontheleveecharleston.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. --From the Everly Brothers to Oasis, it's a rock 'n' roll cliché: pop bands with brothers have a history of fussing, feuding and fighting, which sometimes leads to decades long breaks over "creative differences."
With other kinds of music, that doesn't happen as much. At least it doesn't happen as much in the sacred steel world, though Phil Campbell, bassist for the critically acclaimed Campbell Brothers, said he thinks every band sees a little drama.
He said, "We've had some dustups, but nothing serious. We've been very blessed in that regard."
Campbell, who performs with his brothers Friday night at Live on the Levee, explained that part of what's kept his family band from coming to blows is they know what they're doing is bigger than just a show.
"We're sharing talents that God gifted us," he said. "There's not as much ego involved. That's helped us."
The Campbell Brothers grew up playing traditional sacred steel music at the House of God, Keith Dominion church in Rochester, N.Y., where their father preached. Sacred steel is a style of black gospel music that developed in some Pentecostal churches beginning in the 1930s.
The eldest brother, Chuck, played the pedal steel. Darick, the youngest of the three, played the lap steel.
"We all started out on drums," Campbell said. "The steel guitar is the rock star position; it's our lead guitar. But we started on drums, then branched out to other instruments."
He said it worked out that he had more of a musical affinity for the bass guitar, which was a good thing, as far as he was concerned.
"I wasn't all that great of a drummer." He laughed.
Campbell's son, Carl, drums for the band now.