Wichita Lineman at the CMA Awards
Little Big Town and Jimmy performed Wichita Lineman at the CMA Awards Tribute to Glen Campbell. This special performance is now available everywhere.
Above: watch the CMA performance of "Wichita Lineman" on November 8, 2017.
Little Big Town performed one of the most touching tributes at Wednesday night's (Nov. 8) 2017 CMA Awards. The group, made up of Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet, sang "Wichita Lineman," in honor of Glen Campbell, accompanied on the piano by Jimmy Webb, who wrote the classic tune.
Webb, who wrote other hits for Campbell, including "Galveston" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," couldn't think of a better way to pay tribute to his late friend than by sharing the stage with the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year.
"The blend of the male and female voices is angelic. It’s like something you just don’t hear that much," Jimmy Webb says of Little Big Town. "I’ve been making records, writing songs, for 50 years, and there’s something special about that group. So when they asked me, would I play the piano for "Wichita Lineman," first I picked myself up off the floor, and then I said, ‘Yeah. I think I will take a shot at that. I hope I don’t disappoint.'"
– The Boot