“The Highwayman” is a song with a fair bit of history behind it, I think it’s fair to say, but in recording her own version Ashley Campbell has come up with a fresh take on this true classic while still respecting its roots.
Inspired by the real-life hanged highwayman Jonathan Wild, the song was written by the legendary American singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb, who recorded it for his 1977 album “El Mirage“. Two years later Ashley’s father Glen Campbell recorded his version on his album “Highwayman” and in 1985 it became the inspiration for the naming of the supergroup “The Highwaymen” which of course consisted of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson… their version of the song won Jimmy Webb a Grammy for ” Best Country Song” and also topped the Hot country billboard charts for 20 weeks!
Ashley has come up with a hauntingly beautiful take on this story of a soul with incarnations in four different places in time and history, and this new version which is available now on all major streaming platforms was produced and engineered by her brother Cal Campbell who also plays drums and bass on the track. It’s the first new music from her since her stunning album “Something Lovely” was released in the UK on Vacancy Records last year. No stranger to these shores, she was sadly unable to tour the album here for obvious reasons… she told us in our interview surrounding the album release how “the crowds in the UK are just some of the best I’ve ever had… it’s such a joy to play to people who truly enjoy music” ( read the full interview here https://www.bellesandgals.com/2020/09/27/chatting-to-ashley-campbell/ ) . And the good news is that she is planning to return here for some very special live dates later this year. Naturally, we will bring you more details as soon as they arise.
Article written by Lesley Hastings (twitter.com/lesleyhastings)