I'd like to think that Nashvile and The Country Music Association would have gotten around to honoring Glen Campbell eventually.  Here is an iconic performer who was a stalwart of the country music industry for decades in the 70's, 80's and 90's.  The sad news that Campbell is heading into the long twilight of Alzheimers just added to the urgency.

On a night that highlighted some young (think Kimberley Perry and Taylor Swift) country talents, three powerful voices in the industry took to the stage to honor Glen.

I don't know how many people in the Bridgestone Arena were as affected as I was.  But, to hear Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Vince Gill put their talents behind By the Time I get to Pheonic, Wichita Lineman and Galveston gave me goosebumps.  And the back story made this tribute so bittersweet.

There was so many new and exciting acts this year on the CMA's.  Let's be honest here, country music is in its strongest position I've ever seen.  The young talent on hand now and some of the new ones kicking at the door, the future looks very bright for country music and its fans.  But, the past is soooo rich and such a strong foundation, it's good to see the CMA honor those who have come before.

It's just sad that Glen Campbell had his tribute just as he was heading out to what everyone knows is his farewell tour.  His very last.  That sad fact, added some melancholy to the night.

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