Jake Owen Honors the Late Glen Campbell with Profound Cover of ‘Wichita Lineman’
Like many artists throughout the music community, Jake Owen is grieving over the loss of the great Glen Campbell. Owen channeled his emotions by paying tribute to one of Campbell’s biggest hits, “Wichita Lineman.”
With just his voice and an acoustic guitar, Owen busted out his truest rendition of the Campbell classic to share with fans and followers via social media. Rather than honor the country legend with a solo picture or words of mourning, Owen thought there was no better way to remember one of his idols than to bring the song to life in his own unique stylings.
Owen even mentioned in his post how he hopes Campbell is enjoying a cowboy jam session with the late Merle Haggard somewhere up above as Owen’s grandfather sits excitedly in the front row.
“We lost one of the greatest voices, guitar players and entertainer that our world has ever seen. Glen Campbell. It seems this year has been filled with these moments where we’ve lost people that have enriched our lives with their pure talent. This is a huge loss for country music. Maybe Glen and Merle are picking a tune together right now. If so, I bet my Grandad is right there with a front row ticket. Life is short. Enjoy it while it’s here,” he captioned the solemn video cover.
Like Owen, a plethora of artists within the industry paid tribute in their own ways to Campbell after hearing the news on Tuesday afternoon. John Mayer performed “Gentle on my Mind” at his Nashville show in honor of the “Rhinestone Cowboy” passing, and social media was flooded with dozens of messages showing great love toward Campbell’s legacy in country music and beyond.
Campbell passed away Tuesday in Nashville at the age of 81 after a lengthy public battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He is survived by his wife, Kim, as well as his eight children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family at this time.