You could say it was a bittersweet goodbye on Saturday night in Renfro Valley, Kentucky, as Glen Campbell performed. Battling Alzheimers, the country music legend performed his last show in Kentucky as part of his Farewell Tour.
Despite having to read the lyrics from the monitors, Glen Campbell showed he still has the ability to entertain. His soulful heartfelt vocals down to his guitar playing made him feel right at home.
Joining on stage with Glen Campbell were his children. His daughter and son would join for a bluegrass style duet. Afterwards, Glen would join his daughter, Ashley, who had the looks of Carrie Underwood but could play the fire out of a banjo. They would play a firey version of “Dueling Banjos”.
In between songs, Campbell would tell little snippets of jokes, but most of all, he showed excitement for being there – for being able to still play. He didn’t let something overcome him and he let his guitar do the talking.
After playing “Rhinestone Cowboy” with a five minute standing ovation, Glen Campbell appeared back on stage for an encore. In a haunting and touching tribute with the song, “A Better Place,” those in the audience heard the story of a man who has done all he could do in his life and he is happy. He is proud of what he has achieved and he knows his time has almost come to say goodbye.
For Glen Campbell, the rhinestones will still shine on and the Wichita Lineman will always be on the line.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.