I grew up listening to classic country music, especially Glen Campbell. He has always been one of my absolute favorite singers. “Wichita Lineman”, “Country Boy”, and “Galveston” rank among my favorite songs ever. I even gave my dog Calvin the nickname “Calveston” – I’m that big of a fan. To say I was devastated when I learned Glen was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease would be an understatement. My grandparents both suffered from the disease, and my grandma lived with my family and I until she passed away on October 31, 2015. I know all too well how horrific Alzheimer’s can be. Sadly, there is no cure, no treatment options nor prevention methods.
I watched country award shows to see the likes of Keith Urban, Brad Paisley (and more) pay tribute to Mr. Campbell; I tuned into the “I’ll Be Me” documentary after his Goodbye Tour, and have prayed for Glen and his family. On Tuesday, I was pleasantly surprised to learn I would interview Glen Campbell’s wife Kim and their daughter Ashley about his farewell album Adios.
I had a chance to listen to Adios and it’s one of the best albums I have ever heard. The songs are all fantastic. I have listened to “Arkansas Farm Boy”, “Everbody’s Talkin”, “Adios” and “She Thinks I Still Care” on repeat the last two days! Yesterday, while talking to Kim and Ashley Campbell we had a chance to discuss the album, they shared the inspiration behind it, how songs were chosen, why Glen included “Everybody’s Talkin” on this album, and much more. They even shared simple tips for caregivers caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
Please watch the video below to see my interview with Kim and Ashley Campbell in its entirety. I made sure and transcribed it below as well. For more information on Alzheimers and caregiving, please visit Kim Campbell’s website: CareLiving.org. You can purchase Adios anywhere music is sold online and in-store.
Kim and Ashley Campbell Talk Glen Campbell’s new album Adios with Candace Rose!
Candace Rose: Glen Campbell has released more than 70 albums, has sold 50 million copies with 80 songs charting. His new album Adios was released on June 9th. Can you tell us about it?
Ashley Campbell: “This album Adios is a compilation of some of my dad’s all-time favorite songs that he never got a chance to record. These are songs that I grew up listening to around the house. He would always pick up a guitar and play a lot of these songs, so they’re very near and dear to our family’s heart. It means a lot for us to finally have them recorded.”
Candace Rose: Glen sang “Everybody’s Talkin” on “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” but he never recorded it. Why did he choose to include it on this album?
Kim Campbell: “He’s just always loved that song. These are his favorite songs.”
Candace Rose: Vince Gill and Willie Nelson are just a few of the artists that collaborated on the album. What was that experience like?
Ashley Campbell: “They’re good friends of my dad’s. It means a lot to have the support of his friends in the artistic community, as well as lots of family and close friends. It’s pretty cool to have a duet with Willie Nelson on the album.”
Kim Campbell: “Willie Nelson wrote the song “Funny How Time Slips Away.” Vince and Glen were always close, so we really appreciate him putting his vocals on the Roger Miller tune. Glen and Roger were such close friends. I was actually at Roger’s house with Glen back in the early 80s and tape recorded Roger singing this song to us. It’s on the album too, so that’s really special to us.”
Candace Rose: Ashley, you toured and performed with your dad on his Goodbye Tour. You also collaborated with him on this album (Adios). What were those experiences like for you?
Ashley Campbell: Getting to work with my dad was such a priceless thing for me. First of all, I got to spend time with him on tour and get to know him better as a person. Getting to be on stage with him was like taking a masterclass in performance. I learned so much from him – just about being genuine and true to your art, and loving what you do. Me getting to play banjo and sing some background vocals on his album just meant the world to me.”
Candace Rose: Do either of you have a favorite song on this album?
Ashley Campbell: “I love – it’s a close tie between “Arkansas Farm Boy” and “Adios” (the Jimmy Webb song). I just love them both so much, they’re such great songs. “Arkansas Farm Boy” really makes me feel emotional because it makes me feel close to my dad and it just takes you back to your roots.”
Kim Campbell: “My favorite song is “Postcard From Paris” written by Jimmy Webb. Jimmy and Glen were always famous for doing the songs about towns. Jimmy wrote “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”. This song talks about Paris and Rome and London. It’s such a beautiful love song. The refrain is I wish you were here.
Now we’re out promoting Glen’s album, and it just touches my heart because I wish so much that he was able to be here with us, today.”
Candace Rose: Like you, I know all too well how hard it is to see your loved one suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Do you have any advice for the families and caregivers of the 5.1 million people currently living with the disease?
Kim Campbell: “Yes, you need to have a good support team around you. In fact, that’s why I started my website CareLiving.org. It’s to encourage caregivers to take care of themselves while they care for the ones they love. We have lots of articles on inspiration, faith and nutrition. I hope caregivers check it out: CareLiving.org.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Kim Campbell: “You just need a lot of support. No one person can take care of someone with Alzheimer’s by themselves. It takes a team. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go to purchase Glen Campbell’s new album Adios, and for more information?
Ashley Campbell: You can get Adios just about anywhere you can think of to buy music – Amazon, iTunes, Spotify. You can also get a physical copy at Walmart, Target or Best Buy.”