Glen Campbell photo courtesy of BB Gun Press.
Today the Associated Press announced Glen Campbell, who celebrates his 77th birthday today, will release a new album of new takes on his hits called See You There, out July 30. The album includes Glen’s signature songs such as “Gentle On My Mind,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Hey Little One,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “True Grit” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” The collection, which will be released by Surfdog Records, was produced by Dave Darling (Brian Setzer) and Surfdog founder Dave Kaplan. It also includes “There’s No Me…Without You,” which Glen wrote with Julian Raymond for 2011′s acclaimed Ghost On The Canvas, “What I Wouldn’t Give” and “I Wish You Were Here,” which were bonus tracks from Ghost On The Canvas, and the previously-unreleased “Waiting on the Comin’ of my Lord,” a track that was recorded during the Ghost On The Canvas sessions but never completed until now.
The story behind See You There echoes that of his 1967 breakthrough album, Gentle On My Mind. Both were recordings that Glen never intended to be released as an album; sessions that occurred simply because the songs yearned to be sung. While recording Ghost On The Canvas, Glen found himself at a crossroads. While he forged vibrant new artistic relationships – acolytes Jakob Dylan, Paul Westerberg and Teddy Thompson penned songs for the album and it featured guest appearances by such admirers as Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Brian Setzer and members of the Dandy Warhols – Glen simultaneously felt a tug from some of his earliest hit singles. So he laid down new vocals for these songs – and then set the tracks aside. Continue Reading
Country songs are often a mirror to the world, a reflection of the times. As a tribute to the men and women who have served our country, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite songs and videos that honor our troops – heartfelt compositions that look at war through the eyes of the men and women who fight, as well as the families who are left behind to pray that their loved ones return home safely. If you don’t see your favorite on our list, leave us a comment below and let us know!
We at GAC extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to all soldiers and their families!
“‘Til the Last Shot’s Fired” – Trace Adkins
This heartfelt song is about the life of soldiers through various wars, starting with America’s Civil War and continuing through our current conflicts in the Middle East. Trace Adkins conveys the soldiers’ fervent wish that their job would at some point be eliminated for good. Trace delivers as only Trace can.
“American Soldier” – Toby Keith
This song depicts the everyday life of a soldier, from not being able to call in sick to working through the holidays while standing up for liberty. Toby never fails to bring the soldiers to their feet when he performs this one on his many USO tours.
The title of this song refers to the flight on which a soldier killed in war comes home. Radney wrote the song with Darden Smith, then asked Darius Rucker to sing on it with him. The song was inspired by a series of Angel Flights that brought home a group of men known as the Red River Four. Proceeds from sales of the song benefit the groups who help families in crisis. Continue Reading
Grammy-winning artist Glen Campbell.
Glen Campbell’s performance at the IP Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday marked his first performance since announcing he has Alzheimer’s disease. The performance was dubbed a triumph by the Associated Press. His family and road crew were concerned about the long layoff between performances, but except for a few flubbed lyrics that were corrected with teleprompters, Glen played a 22-song set that brought the crowd to its feet.
“I tell you I’m happy to be here,” Glen said during the show. “At my age I’m happy to be anywhere. It seems like I’ve been doing this since Hitler was a corporal.” Continue Reading