Tom Harley Campbell

Tom “Harley” Campbell

Tom Harley Campbell was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1951. Like many writers, he has supported himself with different jobs along the way – as a carpenter, machinist, journalist, and for many years, as a musician and a Nashville songwriter. His songs have been recorded by many bluegrass and country singers. The first song he wrote, in 1978, titled Man in the Middle, has become a bluegrass/gospel standard, recorded by Ralph Stanley, Valerie Smith, Tim O’Brien, Tony Trischka, Grammy nominated Chris Thile, and many others.  He has earned gold and platinum records, and several of his songs have charted in Billboard magazine.

As a musician, he performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, in collaboration with Pilobolus Dance Theater, at the closing ceremonies of the 1980 Winter Olympics, and at E.L Doctorow’s 50th birthday party.

His writing has appeared in the Yale Literary Magazine, Basketball Weekly and Bluegrass Unlimited. For the past 40 years, he has made Trumansburg, New York, his home.

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