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November 22, 2013

Conductor David Campbell discusses his son Beck’s upcoming ‘Song Reader’ concert featuring Jack Black, Jarvis Cocker and Jenny Lewis

-Laura Ferreiro
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Austin 360

February 14, 2011

If there was a statement to be made, it came with the fancy opening orchestra segment, ably conducted by arranger David Campbell, who’s worked with Nelson on the Hollywood Bowl stage.

-Ed Crowell
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Los Angeles Times Calendar

JULY 11, 2009


The Dallas Morning News

Willie Nelson goes beautifully offbeat with Dallas Symphony

Thursday, March 6, 2008

“He sang one ballad after another, each cushioned by lush orchestration. His signature bluesy tunes, ‘Funny How Time Slips Away’ and ‘Night Life’ were transformed into elegant ballroom numbers. ‘Healing Hands of Time’ and ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ proved beautiful, wistful and melancholy.”

– By Mario Tarradell

Review: Willie Nelson with the Dallas Symphony

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

“…the 45-minute set with the symphony had its stirring, chicken skin moments, such as when the crescendo of strings lifted ‘Healing Hands of Time’ to a spiritual place and when Willie sang Frank Sinatra’s ‘Oh! What It Seemed To Be’ as if his idol were standing next to him, ready to sing the next verse.”

– By Michael Corcoran



Louis XIV’s rockfest marches on with tin cans and high-end string arrangements

December 2007

“…They also worked with string composer David ‘Beck’s Dad’ Campbell, who brought in a 12-piece string ensemble for such tracks as ‘Hopesick’ and ‘Air Traffic Control’. ‘We thought he was too big-time to work with us’, Hill muses, ‘so it was incredible to hear his thing, his style.

“Campbell was also apparently just as intrigued with the band. After their string sessions, which were recorded at Hollywood’s famed Capitol Studios, Campbell stuck around to watch…

“The precise string work from Campbell contrasts perfectly with Hill’s sassed-up vocals and the band’s guitar-heavy sound…”

– By Kristi Kates

Yahoo! Music

“One Cell In The Sea”

August 3, 2007

“A music lesson for the uninitiated: A young woman and her piano should NEVER be kept apart. Like peanut butter and jelly, rum and coke, steak and potatoes, punk rock and shirtless young boys, some things were meant to be together. This should be readily apparent to anyone hearing One Cell In The Sea, the debut album from 22-year old Alison Sudol, who fronts L.A.’s A Fine Frenzy (the name borrowed from popular English playwright William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with the assurance of someone at least 30! String arranger David Campbell (Beck) transforms everything into a surrealist Alice in Wonderland scenario where Sudol’s living room pop expands into ethereal space. But this is no mopey young kid. These aren’t depressive odes to slumber and toe-picking. Here, cracks of sunshine burst through the clouds, as if to say “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!”

– By Rob O’Connor


June 14, 2007

“On Saturday June 2, Samo students joined legends Jackson Brown, Venice and David Crosby for one truly memorable concert in our very own Barnum Hall. This remarkable night of music was produced by the Artists For The ARTS (AFTA) Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to producing fundraising concerts from which 100 percent of ticket sales are allocated directly to the schools that the concerts are produced for…

“Said Senior Wyles Vance, a violinist in Samo’s Symphony Orchestra and a participant in last week’s concert:

‘It was wonderful seeing musicians of all ages and backgrounds coming together for a night of good music for and even better cause. Especially exciting was playing under the baton of David Campbell, father of musician Beck. All in all, I had a blast!'”

– By Marissa Silverman

Santa Monica Daily Press

Friday, June 1, 2007

“The for the Arts Foundation — a non-profit started by internationally renown singer-songwriter Jackson Browne and the locally-based band Venice, and For the Arts — an arm of the district’s Education Foundation, will co-host the fourth annual benefit concert on Saturday night to support the school’s arts programs

“This year’s benefit will feature performances by Browne, singer-songwriter David Crosby, Venice, Grammy award-winning arranger David Campbell and student musicians. The concert will be held in the historic Barnum Hall Theater at Santa Monica High School…”

– By Melody Hanatani