Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

July 28, 2010

'Hee Haw' star Phil Campbell with the Big South Fork Opry July 31

He comes by it honestly, this love for the entertainment business. After all, he was born right into the middle of it. Phil Campbell, the second son of Archie and Mary Campbell was drawn to the stage early on. When he was barely five years old he was begging to get in the show, and he did. He sang “Thunder Road” in the Harlan Kentucky high school gym, and it didn’t scare him away. The next year he and his famous dad did a short routine at his own school in Powell, Tennessee. That really lit the fuse. The ball got rolling a bit faster when his dad hired him to be a part of his new show in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the Smoky Mountain tourist Mecca which became a window to the world for Phil.

During the 23 years he spent with his dad in the theaters of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, his experiences varied from working as Archie’s “straight man” on the Grand Ole Opry, to international tours with the USO, some work in the movies, and as the front man of several bands. He became a lead singer and an accomplished musician on banjo, guitar, bass, and harmonica, but his love of comedy, and the ability to make people laugh never went away.

Phil has never been on Comedy Central or appeared at comedy clubs across America. He says, “I do clean country comedy and a family show.” He was however, a cast member of the nationally syndicated “HEE HAW” TV show for four years and the colorful “bartender” and co-host of the Nashville network’s very popular “Club Dance” show with Shelly Mangrum for five years. “The truth is, “says Phil, “I love to stand on the stage in front of an audience, just me and them. If I do my job right we all have a good time together, and that’s why I love my job so much!" Come on out for a unique experience with southern humorist Phil Campbell at the Big South Fork Opry Concert held at the Fairfield Glade Community Convention Center Saturday July 31, 2010 where the lovely Ava Barber from the Lawrence Welk TV show will join Phil along with all the other colorful cast of the Big South Fork Opry. You don’t want to miss this show. Tickets are just $10; showtime is 7 p.m. Credit cards and reservations for tickets 484-3722.


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