Taking the stage during last night’s unprecedented tribute concert set to honor one of the greatest songwriters to ever hit Nashville, Dwight Yoakam poured his heart and soul out into this unparalleled tribute to both Jimmy Webb and his old friend, Glen Campbell.
We had him in Paducah last year and he kills it! Dwight Yoakam's Powerful 'Wichita Lineman' https://t.co/dXMrQ1xXcQ pic.twitter.com/fO588SzDRQ
— Lew Jetton (@Lew_Jetton) May 6, 2017
The evening, which was built to honor Webb and his seemingly endless number of hit songs and chart-topping masterpieces featured a huge list of artists who all joined in celebration of his life’s work and contributions to the world of music.
Dwight Yoakam at Five Flags in Dubuque. What a great show. pic.twitter.com/EBUa4qZNMO
— Steve Thiltgen (@steve_thiltgen) January 18, 2019
Called “The Cake and the Rain”, the event not only served as a way to honor Webb’s incredible body of work, but also was a benefit concert that forwarded all proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association and the ‘I’ll Be Me’ Foundation – both of which honored Webb’s close friend and colleague, Glen Campbell.
#NowPlaying: Campbell, Glen – Wichita Lineman – All the Best – #requests at https://t.co/mbOqJGJWi5.
Buy song https://t.co/oiI1xoE2H2 pic.twitter.com/35KPEs5gVp
— Now Playing on Flashback Alternatives! (@npflashalt) February 22, 2019
Counted among the many performers were longtime country icons like Dwight Yoakam, Toby Keith, Amy Grant, and Graham Nash. It also featured Campbell’s daughter, Ashley Campbell, and famous 90s pop boy band, Hanson, among many others.
In this one-of-a-kind performance, Yoakam stood center stage at Carnegie Hall with just a guitar in his hands and unleashes one of the most emotional and impressive performances of “Wichita Lineman” you will likely ever hear.
Judy Collins, Dwight Yoakam, Art Garfunkle & more paying tribute to songwriter Jimmy Webb at Carnegie Hall https://t.co/Gt34M3U6LQ pic.twitter.com/0LzgtS06yL
— BrooklynVegan (@brooklynvegan) March 21, 2017
The song, which was written by Webb and made famous by Campbell has become a worldwide country hit and sold hundreds of thousands of copies when it was released. Named one of Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’, this timeless hit is truly a treasured piece of music.
Unfortunately, the video footage of his performance has since been removed, but luckily enough – the audio is available and it’s absolutely stunning!
Listen to Dwight Yoakam honor Glen Campbell with a perfect rendition of “Wichita Lineman” below.