UPDATED: Aug. 10, 2017
If ever there was a time for goose bumps, this moment at the August 2016 ACM Honors in Nashville was one. While each of the performances had its own air of magic, when Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Toby Keith hit the stage together, the dial was turned and goose bumps piled onto goose bumps.
Maybe it was because their performance was a tribute to the legendary Glen Campbell. Glen was in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease at the time and was obviously unable to attend and accept the ACM Career Achievement Award, which was heartbreaking for country music fans, but Blake, Keith, Dierks and Toby weren’t about to let the moment pass without an appropriate, and pretty darn awesome, tribute.
The foursome compiled a medley of hits, which included “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Southern Nights” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” And to say they got the crowd fired up with a big finale would be an understatement.
Obviously Glen had a huge influence on all of the fellas, but he was an even bigger influence on two of the musicians on stage — his children Cal and Ashley who joined the band for the performance.
Coincidentally, Jimmy Webb was also recognized during that award presentation. Jimmy is the writer behind many of Glen’s monster hits, as well as new American standards like “Up, Up and Away” and “MacArthur Park,” which The Band Perry performed during the show.