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Minnesota-born Jeff Dayton (left) performs with country icon Glen Campbell. Dayton will present a concert of Campbell’s music on May 8th at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids. Submitted photo.

GRAND RAPIDS – The legacy of country music legend Glen Campbell lives on Saturday, May 8th at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids when the Reif Arts Council presented the greeting to Glen Campbell with Minnesota musician Jeff Dayton.

Dayton’s career is a success story built on hard work, faith and professionalism. From his 15 years as band leader and guitarist with the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Glen Campbell to his guitar tours with Lee Greenwood and Kenny Chesney, Dayton has retained the same positive gratitude and energy he has had since his early days in club bands.

“We are honored to welcome Jeff Dayton to the Hoist, given the vast country music base in northern Minnesota,” said Paul M. Gregersen, director of marketing for the Reif Arts Council. “It’s not often that you come across an artist who matches his references. The fact that he grew up in Minnesota is the icing on the cake. “

Dayton has played guitar in shows with Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Tanya Tucker, Toby Keith, Buck Owens, and Bo Diddley – to name a few.

Jeff Dayton was born and raised in rural Minnesota. He grew up influenced by his mother’s diverse record collection and the guitar greats Eric Clapton, Jerry Reed, Jimi Hendrix and of course Glen Campbell. He still credits his time in Twin Cities with working with Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones and Sidemen of Bob Dylan and Prince, who gave him a deep sense of the value of the “groove”.

Dayton later moved to Arizona to form the Jeff Dayton Band, where he had a regional number one, Best of The Decade’s Best Award, and opened shows for dozens of major tours that went through Phoenix. At one of these shows with Merle Haggard, the Judds and Alabama, he met Glen Campbell, who had belonged to Dayton’s band.

The following night, Dayton played a grand opening from Jack Nicklaus, and there was Campbell again. After an impromptu jam session, Dayton received a call that would change his career forever – a call to work with Campbell in Nashville.

Dayton moved to Nashville in 2000 and began writing on the top of the Music City creative community. His songs were recorded and used by George Strait, Doug Stone and Sarah Darling The voice and Hawaii Five-O.

Glen Campbell remains one of America’s most beloved and respected country / pop artists of all time. Ever since his Alzheimer’s battle and death, there has been a demand that his music still be heard.

Jeff Dayton received so many requests for a show of Glen Campbell’s music that he launched Salute to Glen Campbell, an intimate, upbeat presentation of his hits and the first-person stories of their years together.

Two concerts will be held at the Wilcox Theater in the Reif Center: one at 4 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. on Saturday May 8th. Socially distant personal and virtual ticket options are available at the Reif box office. Call 218-327-5780 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The box office is currently closed to pedestrian traffic. Further information can be found at

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