Earlier this week, music legend Glen Campbell — who is battling the final stages of Alzheimer's — released a heartbreaking video of what he says will be his last song, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You."
The video is a reflection of both his storied career and personal life — and his family is featured prominently throughout it, including daughter Ashley, who is carrying on her father's musical legacy.
The 27-year-old is a renowned banjo player who turned heads after she was featured (appropriately enough) in the Rascal Flatts music video for "Banjo."
Ashley didn't actually start playing the instrument until she attended Pepperdine University, where she was studying acting. She told Bluegrass Today in a 2012 interview that she'd always been intrigued by the instrument, but hadn't attempted to learn — until she was cast in a play set in 1800s-era Kentucky, and was asked by the director if she could learn banjo.
"They bought me a cheap banjo and paid for my first lessons," the younger Campbell noted. "I traded in the cheapo almost immediately for a Deering Goodtime open-backed banjo, started picking, and by 2009 I was playing on tour with my dad in Australia and New Zealand."
She also honed her musical talent by taking lessons from some friends in a local L.A. bluegrass band, who instructed her in the style of banjo great Earl Scruggs. Soon, what started out as a fun idea — appearing on stage with her dad — turned into a regular thing.
"When I went on the Australia tour with my dad, I was originally supposed to be going for a vacation, but they said, 'Hey, why don't you play banjo on 'Gentle [On My Mind]'?' And I have been touring with him ever since."
Check out this YouTube video of father and daughter "dueling" on stage in 2010:
And proving that talent runs in the Campbell family: her siblings are all musicians, as well. Ashley and her brother Shannon have a duo called "Victoria Ghost." She also plays in an indie rock group with her other brother, Cal.