Glen Campbell ending career on high note with ‘Ghost on the Canvas’ 

Some artists instinctively know when to bow out. Others sometimes have no choice — their hand is forced.

So it’s quite bittersweet to note that multiple-Grammy-winning folk-country legend Glen Campbell is releasing a brand-new album, “Ghost on the Canvas,” on Aug. 30, that will for all intents and purposes be his last. He’s undertaking a final “Glen Campbell Tour,” as well, with dates to be announced shortly.

The man has no choice — recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the singer is in the disease’s early stages, so he’s chosen to end his 50-year career on a gracious high note.

But what a high note.



“Ghost” was produced by Julian Raymond, who co-penned several new songs with the former star of CBS TV’s “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.” But he also received songwriting assists from some of the best in the business, like Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan and Robert Pollard, and musical backing from the stellar likes of Chris Isaak, Dick Dale, Bill Corgan, Brian Setzer, Roger Manning, the Dandy Warhols and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen.

Fans, of course, will remember Campbell for his definitive early hits “Wichita Lineman,” “Gentle On My Mind” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.” Or perhaps his starring role in the original “True Grit,” alongside John Wayne. Or maybe even his surprise crossover comeback in 1975, “Rhinestone Cowboy.” But with “Ghost On The Canvas,” he aims to leave us with many more great memories before he retires.

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