Glen Campbell – For Your Consideration – Best Americana Roots Performance “Arkansas Farmboy”

Glen Campbell – For Your Consideration – Best Americana Roots Performance “Arkansas Farmboy”

📅11 December 2017, 20:55




“…rather than a collection of mere musical afterthoughts, the LP stands among Campbell’s best – heartbreaking and

imbued with poignancy, but sung with the same pure, sparkling vocals that are a distinguishing hallmark.” – Rolling Stone


“The golden voice, Campbell’s greatest musical attribute, remains: His singing communicates pathos and grace in equal measure.” – NPR Music


“The clear, familiar voice that touched so many.” – Associated Press


“Campbell proves once again that he’s his generation’s finest.” – Paste


“Beautiful…classic country.” – Yahoo


To say this year has been bittersweet would be an understatement.


In June, Glen Campbell’s farewell album Adiós was released, capping off an extraordinary career that spanned more than six decades and 50 million albums sold. Hailed as one of the best of his career, the record, which is filled with songs that Glen always wanted to record, received an exceptional reaction around the world from the likes of Rolling Stone, USA Today, NPR, Uncut and many others. It debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 garnering Glen his 16th Top 40 album and his 19th Top 10 Country Record.


Sadly, just two months later, Glen passed away on August 8 at the age of 81 after his years-long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was laid to rest the following day in his hometown of Delight, AR.


As we continue to mourn the tremendous loss of Glen, it’s been phenomenal to witness the love and admiration for him and his talents. From heartfelt tribute performances on the ACM Honors and CMA Awards, where he was also posthumously awarded Musical Event of the Year for “Funny How Time Slips Away,” his poignant duet with Willie Nelson from Adiós, to his just announced 15th GRAMMY nomination, he continues to be honored and recognized for the incredible music he made.


We couldn’t be more proud that the GRAMMY Awards have nominated Glen for Best American Roots Performance for “Arkansas Farmboy.” The nomination is even more meaningful because the biographical song tells Glen’s remarkable life story – the real life rags-to-riches tale of a boy who grew up as one of 12 children to poor Arkansas sharecroppers in the ‘30s and went on to become one of the most revered singers and guitarists in popular music. It was written by his dear friend and longtime band member Carl Jackson, who produced Adiós. Carl wrote the song sometime in the mid-to late-70s on a plane bound for one of their many overseas tours. “It was inspired by a story that Glen told me about his grandpa teaching him ‘In The Pines’ on a $5 Sears & Roebuck guitar when he was only a boy. That guitar led to worldwide fame and fortune, far beyond what even some in his family could comprehend.”


Check out Glen and Carl recording the song in this great behind the scenes video:


In his lifetime, Glen won six GRAMMY Awards with four coming at his first ceremony in 1967. That year, “Gentle On My Mind” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” each received two awards and thrust Glen into the national spotlight. The following year, his album By The Time I Get To Phoenix won the GRAMMY for “Album Of The Year,” making him the first country artist to win the award. In 2012, Glen received the ultimate honor – The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of recording. Glen earned his last GRAMMY in 2014 for Best Country Song for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from his acclaimed documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” which chronicled his farewell tour and brought Alzheimer’s out of the shadows to millions of people. Three of his classic recordings are enshrined in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame: “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Gentle On My Mind” and “Wichita Lineman.”


As the voting for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards begins, we hope you’ll consider Glen and his song “Arkansas Farmboy” for Best American Roots Performance when filling out your ballot this month.