Prior to my current career in video, I produced a 2-hour weekly radio program, “This Week in AMERICANA”. It was the first show of it’s type, designed to play at commercial country radio, as a Trojan Horse to inject some of the quality of the Americana world into the mainstream. We featured guests from Jay Farrar, to Steve Earle, Dolly Parton to Merle Haggard; all amazing talents from the underground to the legends of Country who had found themselves a home in the “Americana” genre. I produced, wrote and programmed the shows along with some of the finest broadcasters as hosts over the years; Shannon, Jessie Scott and Rusty Miller.
Glen Campbell, is such a rare artist with real, tangible talent. That’s why it’s so poignant that upon the release of his new masterpiece, “Ghost On The Canvas” he has announced his Alzheimer’s onset and that this is his final album. Of all the great artists I was fortunate enough to have as in-studio guests on “This Week in AMERICANA”, Glen was surely a standout. This is the full interview with Rusty Miller, host of TWIA, and it’s a great conversation covering his work in the studios as a member of the legendary Wrecking Crew; recording thousands of hits in the 60′s-70′s, as well as his own amazing recording career, TV show, acting, etc. No one comes close these days that I can think of.
When Glen Campbell released this latest and last album, it reminded my of the great interview we had when he came in as a guest. And the most special part was asking him to play “Galveston”. At first he was reluctant, “I just play the lead break in my shows now”, is what he said. But he’d been noodling with Rusty’s guitar and was willing to give it a shot. This recording is simply amazing; 1 take, 2 mikes; and he nails this very difficult song!! So, last night I dug out the archives and quickly comped together the full interview (only 10 minutes or so made it into the original broadcast from 2003). Please listen to the whole great interview with an exclusive acoustic version of “Galveston” as the grand finale.