Not long after Glen Campbell passed away on Aug. 8, Owen posted a video of himself performing one of Campbell’s biggest hits, “Wichita Lineman,” on social media. “We lost one of the greatest voices, guitar players and entertainers that our world has ever seen,” Owen wrote in a post accompanying the video. “It seems this year has been filled with these moments where we’ve lost people that have enriched our lives with their pure talent. This is a huge loss for country music.”
“I was sitting in the front lounge area on my bus when I learned that he passed away,” said Owen. “I just grabbed my guitar and started to sing one of his songs.
“I have major respect for country music as a whole. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a part of the scene that is happening now, but current acts like me have an obligation to pay respect to the people who came before us,” he said. “I loved Glen Campbell — his voice, his music, his melodies and his guitar playing were some of the best this world has ever seen.”
Highlight for me was Jimmy Webb —a ridiculously talented and legendary songwriter. He played piano with no accompaniment and performed Amazing Grace and Wichita Lineman.
There was a lot of love — Glen’s wife Kim is a warrior… and a strong Christian woman. In fact — a LOT of the folks in that place were strong Christians
Although I was in a public location when a friend texted news that eighty-one-year old Glen Campbell had passed away, I still reacted audibly. The contemporary music icon had been ill for a number of years, of course — in 2011, it was announced he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease — so his passing wasn’t a complete surprise. Still, the announcement took me aback — I’ve been a fan for years.
Are there people from your peer group, or any of your idols, who you feel like maybe aren’t receiving the sort of credit they should be while they’re still living?
That’s quite a difficult question to answer. I mean, someone like Glen Campbell was always someone that was so consistent that you didn’t realize the body of work that he’d done. Same with Johnny Cash. When Johnny Cash passed, it was someone who had gone through so much, and they make films about them, and you discover just how great they were. It’s the longevity that they have, and the consistency that they have, and the originality that they maintain.
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