Glen Campbell’s music isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Obviously. But his musicianship ought to be. You might not be a fan of Wichita Lineman (why not for goodness sake?) but you have to admire him as a guitarist. And if you don’t already, here’s some reasons to do so.
Campbell was well respected as one of the top guitar players in the world, both as an artist and as session musician:
“He was one of the premier guitar players in rock and country. A lot of people don’t know the respect he had in the rock & roll world” Alice Cooper, Rolling Stone 10/08/17
If you’re a C&W detractor, just put your scepticism to one side for a moment and watch him play (cut to 1.25mins for the stunning solo).
In his early career, Campbell made more money as a session man than he did gigging as an artist in his own right. He was part of that astonishing pool of session musicians in LA later known as the Wrecking Crew. He played on hundred’s of recordings including for Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Phil Spector, and Simon and Garfunkel and the Beach Boys. He’s been Here he is recalling his time as a session musician:
As you know, I’m not at all averse to some Country music, so I’ve been listening to his back catalogue a fair bit in the last few days. My cousin pointed me in the direction of his final studio album Adios. It’s a beautiful record, and if you want to dig your toe in, it’s as good a place as any to start. You can listen to it below. Work backwards from there, and go on, you know you want to sing along …
“I’ve been walking these streets so long, singing the same old song ….” Rhinestone Cowboy (Larry Weiss)