Glen Campbell, one of the most successful pop-country crossover acts of the '60s and '70s, is reportedly ready to tip his hat and bid fans farewell this summer. The singer, whose classic hits include 'Gentle on My Mind,' 'Wichita Lineman' and 'Rhinestone Cowboy,' is putting the finishing touches on his final studio album, titled 'Ghost on the Canvas,' according to Billboard Country Update. The project is slated for summer release, and Glen will perform a farewell tour in support of the new disc.
According to the album's producer, Julian Raymond, Glen's tour plans include arriving in towns early to conduct interviews and participate in other promotions before playing small halls or theaters in those selected cities. "He won't go too hard," Raymond tells Billboard. "But it will be strategic and a different way to get him out there than the night-after-night grind."
Julian also produced the 2008 covers album 'Meet Glen Campbell,' which was the catalyst for the upcoming recording.
"We thought it was the best way to get him a new audience, and it did," says Raymond of the 2008 album. "There was a huge amount of college downloads for that album."
When plans for the new album were reported, Julian said "an unbelievable amount of people" wanted to participate with Glen. Those chosen to collaborate with Glen include Jakob Dylan, Chris Isaak and Billy Corgan.
"It's not your mother's Glen Campbell," Julian says of the new music, which will be released on Surfdog Records. "He's playing guitar better than ever, singing and writing better than ever. It's really going to be a great final statement from him."
Glen is also planning to release an "unplugged" greatest hits album before officially retiring.
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