When you’re stuffed into coach on a cross-country flight, the best you can hope for are seatmates who are fairly benign.
Ones that don’t land a sharp elbow in your ribs, spill their diet soda on your shoes or talk your ear off about what a pain their cousin Mel in Marquette is when you just want 40 winks.
But the freshly minted husband of a Cecil Township woman had considerably better luck last week on a Southwest Airlines flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas.
On April 3, Tony Ramos was ferrying his children from their home down south to Glitter Gulch for his wedding to Muse native Crystal Hilderbrand when he struck up a conversation with a passenger in the departure area. Turned out it was country singer Craig Campbell.
They continued to chat when they were seated near one another in the back of the plane – apparently landing a couple of albums in Billboard’s Hot 100 isn’t yet enough to get you a seat upgrade – and since Campbell was going to be in the neighborhood, Ramos invited him to the nuptials.
Amazingly enough, Campbell took him up on it.
“We’re still in shock,” said Crystal, who has now taken on the last name Ramos.
And the 35-year-old, whose most well-known tunes are “Fish” and “Keep Them Kisses Comin’,” didn’t just drop in for a minute, pose for a few photos, down a slice of cake and beat a hasty retreat. He pulled out an acoustic guitar and sang for a couple of hours.
Campbell himself could not be reached for comment. The performance itself was captured on a YouTube video which, as of Thursday afternoon, had garnered over 1,000 views. The guests “clapped and cheered” when Campbell arrived and “were so grateful that he showed up,” Tony explained Thursday afternoon.
Campbell was in Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which also drew the likes of Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw. Campbell has released two albums in the last three years, his self-titled debut and last year’s “Never Regret.” He has placed five songs in the Top 40 on Billboard’s country singles chart.
Campbell followed up the wedding gig by giving the couple two complimentary tickets to his gig in Scranton on Tuesday, where he told the story of his turn as a wedding singer and introduced the couple, who are living in Muse.
“He’s just a great guy,” Crystal said.