FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2016
TKO ARTIST MANAGEMENT SIGNS THE LEGENDARY GLEN CAMPBELL
TK Kimbrell To Manage Close Friend; Projects Include Biopic, Unreleased Music
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) TKO Artist Management has signed the legendary Glen Campbell to its artist roster, but for Owner/President TK Kimbrell, the partnership is much deeper than just professional. “He’s one of the greatest talents to ever walk the face of the earth,” Kimbrell says. “He’s a great guy and a good friend.”
Campbell and Kimbrell have been friends for decades, and this broadening of their relationship comes as the Grammy-winning, cross-genre, multi-threat talent is fading in his well-documented struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. In a sense, Kimbrell has reached an agreement with Campbell’s family and his longtime manager and business manager Stan Schneider to become the steward of Glen’s legacy.
“I met him as a kid at a couple of his shows in the late 60s and early 70s, just figuring out a way to get backstage and say hello,” Kimbrell says. “Professionally, I met him at Cleveland’s Front Row Theater in 1981. I was playing bass for Steve Wariner and we were in town for a radio show. We caught Glen’s concert that night, went back to the hotel after and sat around with Glen jamming and talking all night long. He moved to Phoenix about that time and I would go over to the house to play golf with him.”
Taking the management reins for Schneider, Campbell’s right-hand-man of more than 50 years, was Schneider’s idea. “I’ve helped on a few projects over the years,” Kimbrell says. “Stan is Glen’s age and he asked a while back if I would consider taking over and the family blessed that.” Schneider will continue as Campbell’s business manager.
A resurgence of interest in Campbell revolves around his farewell tour, the documentary I’ll Be Me and the budding careers of his son and daughter, Shannon and Dot recording artist Ashley, both of whom Kimbrell manages, is just the beginning. “There’s a ton of unreleased music and the more you get into it the more you find,” Kimbrell says. “There were years Glen played guitar or sang on 500-600 records per year. There are unreleased recordings of him with [famed LA studio musicians] The Wrecking Crew – lots of them.”
A biopic is also in the works with director James Keach, the man behind the extraordinary documentary about Campbell’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Keach also produced Walk The Line starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.
As for Campbell’s health: “He seems really happy,” Kimbrell says. “It’s hard for him to put words together. Physically, he looks healthy – like the Glen Campbell we all know. He smiles a lot, and he loves seeing his wife Kim and the family. The are always there caring for him.
“My goal is to make sure Glen’s musical legacy lives on forever and is passed down for generations to come.”
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