“I’m actually a country music fan,” he said singing a few lines from Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman.” “My folks are from Georgia and Alabama and I just love entertainment. I loved that Glen Campbell had a variety show and that his monologue was a song.
...Silver Belles has easy-to-spot precursors from entertainment many a Baby Boomer may recall. A good sprinkle of Dolly Parton, more than a smidgen of Frank Capra, some dashes of recent Stephen Colbert skits, dusted with bits of Garrison Keillor. Heck, there is even a stuffed dog named Glen Campbell.
In this exclusive clip from The Big Interview, Urban talks about his formative years musically, and admits that the first person to influence his writing – though he didn’t know it at the time -- was Jimmy Webb. “I sang a lot of Glen Campbell songs early on. 'Wichita Lineman,' 'Where’s The Playground, Susie?' 'Honey, Come Back.' I thought Glen wrote them all. I didn’t know,” he says candidly. "Then I saw his name -- Jimmy Webb -- on every one of his songs."
One of the new songs, Christmas Makes Me Cry, is a clever ballad that could easily have been lifted off Pageant Material. “I think that one sounds like Glen Campbell, the late 1960s era that I love so much,” she says, “and it was actually quite hard to get through without crying myself!
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