“Rhinestone Cowboy” might be the greatest song in country-pop history. It’s sweeping, it’s gentle, and it’s saucy. It’s like Tom Jones on valium. It’s like a vacation in Florida during December: Absolutely worth it. That’s why Glen Campbell owns. He knows how to rock without ever really rocking. That’s something to applaud and come later this year, when he issues his final studio album, we will.
Ghost on a Canvas will solidify what has been an exceptional career for Campbell. As he paid homage to modern artists with his 2008 covers record, Meet Glen Campbell, the time has come for the artist’s to return the favor. Songwriters Robert Pollard, Jakob Dylan, Chris Isaak, and yes, Paul Westerberg contribute to what will no doubt be one epic effort.
“It’s not your mother’s Glen Campbell,” producer Julian Raymond tells Billboard. “He’s playing guitar better than ever, singing and writing better than ever. It’s really going to be a great final statement from him.”
Westerberg penned the titular track, and while the album boasts some stellar star power (Dandy Warhols guitarist Steve Hunter, former Prince cohort Wendy Melvoin, and drummer Josh Freese to name a few more), Ghost on a Canvas will be comprised of entirely original material. Some way to exit, huh?
There is no release date set, but expect it by year’s end — including a supporting intimate tour, too.