“First guitar and I just wasn’t getting it right, you showed me how to play it, said it doesn’t happen overnight.” No two ways about it, Ashley Campbell did achieve certifiable guitar player status. The statuesque chanteuse can be seen alongside her six-time Grammy-winning father Glen Campbell in the Oscar-nominated I’ll Be Me documentary chronicling Glen’s bout with Alzheimer’s Disease. Ashley was a lifeline throughout the Rhinestone Cowboy’s worldwide Goodbye Tour with assistance from big brothers Cal and Shannon. Her poignant original song “Remembering” from the I’ll Be Me soundtrack has racked up a combined 3.5 million YouTube views with “Gentle on My Mind,” “Pancho and Lefty,” and the “Duelin’ Banjos” instrumental all surging past the one million mark.
Influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay, Abigail Washburn, the Civil Wars, Steve Martin, and Bela Fleck, the angelic-voiced banjoist starred in the video for Rascal Flatts’ final number one single “Banjo” but waited until 2018 to drop her debut solo record The Lonely One, tinged with country pop and contemporary Americana. She has made appearances on the Grand Ole Opry with Carrie Underwood as well as RFDtv’s Country’s Family Reunion and Larry’s Country Diner.
Also dexterous on mandolin and piano, Ashley possesses her dad’s playful streak. “Better Boyfriend,” a recommended cut from The Lonely One, finds her declaring, “And like a ninja fighter, I even killed a spider in the bathroom with the bottom of my shoe…it ain’t that hard to do…I’d be a better boyfriend than you.” The Campbell legacy of unfurling good times shows no signs of abating.
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