On a snowy Thursday night in March, Ashley Campbell made a stop at Tequila Cowboy in Lansing to showcase her musical talents.
With a winter storm advisory in effect in the local area, the crowd was a little light for the evening’s show. However, those that braved the outdoor conditions enjoyed a show that was well worth the trip.
Ashley Campbell, the youngest daughter of country music icon Glen Campbell, took up playing banjo in 2008. Being a quick learner, she joined her father’s band in 2009 as they toured Australia and New Zealand. After her father had learned of having Alzheimer’s Disease later, Ashley participated in his farewell tour that extended into 2012.
Ashley became more visibly popular in 2012 after taking the lead role in Rascal Flatt’s musical video, “Banjo.” Shortly after, she signed a solo career with Dot Records, a division of Nashville’s Big Machine Label Group. Since that point, Ashley has been writing and recording songs along with performing as a solo artist.
The show offered something for everyone; folk, bluegrass, pop and contemporary country. Her performance at Tequila Cowboy showed off her versatility within the country genre singing diverse covers, including “Jolene” by Dolly Parton to the more recent “Baggage Claim” by Miranda Lambert. She also played her father’s “Gentle On My Mind” and a bluegrass jam with her band while she played the banjo.
After Glen Campbell’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s in 2011, Ashley wrote and recorded “Remembering,” a tribute to her father. The track became her debut career single. It was also used in the 2015 documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.
Making the snowy trek to Lansing with Ashley was Chris Bandi. But bad weather did not stop Chris from warming up the small crowd with a bit of country and a bit of rock n’ roll.
Chris grew up listening to a combination of musical genres; rock music with his dad and country music with his mother. He brought a rocking show to Tequila Cowboy, which touched on both. In Chris’s opening set, he included songs ranging from classic country tunes like “Check Yes Or No” by George Strait to rock favorites like “Keep Your Hands To Yourself” by Georgia Satellites.