When you’re the daughter of country legend Glen Campbell, and you’re a singer yourself, it’s inevitable that you’re going to cover your dad’s songs at some point. Ashley Campbell recently unveiled her own version of “Highwayman,” culled from her father’s 1979 album of the same name.
Ashley adds a distinctly feminine touch to the timeless classic, along with a slightly retro feel. “‘Highwayman’ has always been one of my favorite songs,” she told “American Songwriter” magazine. “I grew up listening to my dad’s version, so there’s definitely some nods to his guitar parts and string arrangements on my version.”
The cover and tribute to her ailing father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, is slated for release on “Open Road,” a compilation disc of three dozen freshly recorded tracks destined to become the soundtrack for summer’s remaining road trips. “American Songwriter” is giving fans an early listen to Ashley’s track from “Open Road,” which hit retailers Aug. 4.
“Highwayman” earned songwriter Jimmy Webb a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1985. It also become the impetus behind the name for revered quartet The Highwaymen, featuring superstars Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, who also recorded a better-known version of the song.
“I think it’s nice to have a female voice telling this story,” Ashley said of her own version. “The story of reincarnation transcends time and gender.”
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