SEASON OF SONG with Jimmy Webb, JD Souther, Jack Tempchin, Jeff Silbar & more!
The first annual Season of Song will debut in beautiful Vail, Colorado this September 20th-23rd. Songwriters, musicians, industry insiders and music enthusiasts will gather to be inspired, learn and grow, network and connect. Days and nights will be filled with music, as writers perform and share the inspiration behind the songs we all know and love.
Join us for a special evening with Jimmy Webb, Jack Tempchin and JD Souther on Saturday September 22, 6:00 – 8:30 pm followed by a meet & greet included with a VIP ticket. A ticket gives you access to the whole day.
Jimmy Webb the recipient of the 2012 prestigious Ivor Novello “Special International Award."
Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webbwas the recipient of the 2012 prestigious Ivor Novello “Special International Award,” and was presented with in London on May 17th.
The Ivor Novello ‘Special International Award’ recognizes non-British writers and composers who have made an extraordinary contribution to the musical lands cape globally. Previous recipients have included SHOF inductees Brian Wilson, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Hal David, Smokey Robinson, Diane Warren and Stephen Sondheim. This year, PRS and the British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors will to pay tribute to Jimmy Webb for his incalculable impact on music throughout the world at their 57th annual event.
The Ivor Novello Awards, named after the Cardiff born entertainer Ivor Novello, are solely dedicated to recognizing the work of British and International composers and songwriters. They are presented annually in London by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), and were first introduced in 1955.
Fellows of the British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors include SHOF inductees Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, John Barry and Sir Tim Rice.
Jimmy Leads Special Tribute to Glen Campbell with Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley
Glen Campbell was reunited with hitmaker Jimmy Webb at the Country Music Association Awards on November 1, 2011as part of a star-studded tribute to the legend.
The singer, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in June (11), was honored by Webb, who performed Galveston, Wichita Lineman and By The Time I Get to Phoenix - songs he wrote for the veteran - with Vince Gill, Keith Urban and CMAs co-host Brad Paisley at the Bridgestone Arena event in Nashville, Tennessee. Campbell held back proud tears as he watched from his seat in the audience as a photo montage rolled by on a big screen above the performers during the set.
Jimmy Interviewed on the CBS Sunday Morning Show
Jimmy was interviewed for the popular CBS Sunday Morning Show on July 31. Covering a wide range of subjects, Jimmy talked about his beginnings and some of his classic songs and the singers who performed them. Video from the program is available for viewing.
Cottomwood Farm Featuring Jimmy Webb and The Webb Brothers Now Available
Jimmy Webb and his sons, The Webb Brothers Christiaan, Justin, James and Cornelius take the stage together for the first time to perform as a two-generation family band. The album contains Jimmy Webb classics as well as notable Webb Brothers songs. Tim Walker joins the band on pedal steel and Cal Campbell (son of Glen Campbell) on drums, continuing the longstanding Campbell/Webb family tradition of collaboration. The new outfit combines the rock sensibility and youthful production of the younger Webbs with the timeless Americana grandeur of their father's symphonic songs.
The criticall-acclaimed new album is now available wherever fine music is sold:
Legendary Songwriter Jimmy Webb Elected Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame
New York, NY, January 10, 2011: Multi-talented songwriter Jimmy Webb has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Songwriters Hall of Fame by its Board of Directors.
Webb's election follows Hal David’s decision last month to step down from the SHOF Chairmanship after more than a decade of distinguished service; he will continue as an active Board Member and Chairman Emeritus. Previous SHOF leaders, in addition to David, included SHOF co-founder Johnny Mercer and Sammy Cahn.
Jimmy Webb, the Oklahoma-born son of a preacher, is a critically-acclaimed songwriting talent whose music has thrilled audiences over more than forty years with a chain of memorable hits. Webb is the only artist to ever receive Grammy awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. He has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame and, in 2003, was the recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious Johnny Mercer Award. He has been married to WLIW TV executive and popular personality Laura Savini since 2004.
Though best known for the instant classics he provided for such artists as Glen Campbell ("By The Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston"), Richard Harris ("MacArthur Park," "Didn't We"), The Fifth Dimension, ("Up, Up and Away"), The Brooklyn Bridge ("Worst That Could Happen"), Art Garfunkel ("All I Know"), Joe Cocker ("The Moon's A Harsh Mistress") and many more, Webb continues to write new songs that are as carefully crafted and magical as his legendary hits. Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson hit #1 in the late '80s with a new Webb standard: "The Highwayman," a ballad which won him yet another Grammy for Best Country Song of the Year, and a CMA Award for Single of the Year. Linda Ronstadt, who has recorded a multitude of his songs throughout her career, included four of his efforts on her double platinum album Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind, and scored a top ten in 1990 with her rendition of Webb's "Adios." Webb's songs continue to grace a galaxy of major recording artists' albums, from Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney to Urge Overkill and R.E.M.
In addition to writing songs for other artists, Webb has been releasing albums of his own for many years, including the acclaimed 2010 release, Just Across the River, which features such artists as Billy Joel, Vince Gill, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell joining Webb on a selection of his songs. In 1999, Webb wrote Tunesmith, which was acclaimed as the "finest book about songwriting of our time," by Musician magazine.
Webb remarked: "It's truly an honor to have been elected Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. I know that my fellow Board members all join me in thanking Hal David for eleven years of outstanding leadership – a period that saw the Songwriters Hall of Fame establish an important digital presence with its Virtual Museum and, most recently, the launch of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. With Hal at the helm, the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards and Induction Dinner has become one of the most anticipated events on the music industry calendar. Up-and-coming songwriters have benefited from the ongoing SHOF workshops and showcases. With Hal’s involvement as Chairman Emeritus and the can-do spirit of our forward-thinking Board and management, the Songwriters Hall of Fame is poised to expand its role in preserving the legacy of the music creators of the past and helping to educate and inspire the songwriters of the future.”
Commenting on the SHOF Board's choice for his successor, David said: "I have known Jimmy since he emerged as an important songwriting talent more than four decades ago. I have also been privileged to work with him as a fellow member on industry boards of organizations advocating for creators’ rights. Jimmy’s dedication and commitment to music creators make him an excellent choice to lead the Songwriters Hall of Fame."
Dear Musical Family: A Message from Jimmy Webb Music
As always, we welcome the many newcomers to the Family—thanks to Facebook and the Internet, we have many more people than even from our last letter! We hope many more of you will start to post on the website Community Board, and we thank the regular posters who keep the Board alive!
We are proud to announce that Jimmy Webb has been named Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, replacing long-time Chairman Hal David...Jimmy was elected unanimously and hope to "get his feet wet" before the next Gala on June 16th!
For those who keep track, you'll know that Jimmy is currently performing in the UK right now, with added dates in Dublin, Oslo, and his first ever concert in Denmark! Thanks to Erik Christensen for making that possible!
Jimmy's next US date is in Evanston, IL on March 5th, at S.P.A.C.E. on Chicago Ave.—you can find more of his upcoming dates on the website under PERFORMANCES - we're always adding new venues and dates so be sure to check on a regular basis!
Thanks also, to all of you who have the "Just Across The River" CD - we're selling it at concerts, but you can also buy it online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble...Jimmy has been performing "Oklahoma Nights" in concert (he sings it with Vince Gill on the CD)...Trivia news: Brian Wilson's favorite Webb song is "Wichita Lineman"...as is Billy Joel's...Jimmy co-wrote a track with a new artist named Nikki Jean called "China" - her new CD should be released in March for Universal...we'll keep you updated - the record label is VERY excited about her! She co-wrote with many great writers for this project, including Bob Dylan!
Many of you have noticed and commented on the fact that Jimmy has been touring much more frequently than he used to —a great opportunity to meet so many of you and increase his fan base. Be sure and drop a line on his Facebook page —we do our best to keep you updated on show reviews and dates, and comments from others...
For the Spring there will be more touring in the US, and more writing when he has the time...new projects are always in the works, so we appreciate your writing in and letting us know what you think about the new work and venues!
The weather has been pretty bad here in the Northeast, so we hope you are all warm where you are, and that you're staying safe...keep the Family strong!
Jimmy's Performance at the Grand Ole Opry on November to be Streamed Live
Jimmy's performance at the legendary Old Opry in Nashville, TN, on Tuesday November 2, will be available as a live stream, courtesy of WSMonline.com Don't miss this chance to listen to what critics and fans are calling Jimmy's recent shows his best ever.
Jimmy to Participate at the "Masters of American Song" Train Ride, January 2011
Join Roots on the Rails for an unforgettable musical journey with three masters of American songwriting: Jimmy Webb, Jesse Winchester and Tom Russell on board vintage private railroad cars from Los Angeles to the Bay Area and return, the tracks hugging the ocean for over 100 miles – where no roads go! This is one of the most unforgettable rail journeys on earth.
On board the train we'll have our Performance Car, Overland Trail, set up with full sound system. Workshops and conversation, concerts and open mics going on all day and into the evening. Intimate concerts with Jesse Winchester, Tom Russell and guitar-wizard Thad Beckman. Since Jimmy requires a full-size piano for live performances (and we can't fit that on the train!) he'll be participating in on-board in-depth conversations about songwriting, led each day by Tom Russell. These conversations will cover the challenges that songwriters (and others) face in unlocking the creative process.
There will be start and end nights in Los Angeles, two nights in Oakland, shows in LA and Berkeley. Freshly-prepared meals and complimentary beverage service in our own dome car with glass-enclosed 360 degree views. And bringing up the rear will be a former Canadian National business car with an open-air rear platform. Get ready for a non-stop musical adventure with the "Masters of American Song".
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Jimmy to Perform in the U.K. and Ireland February 2011
Jimmy will be playing eight special shows starting February 2, 2011 in the UK nad one in Dublin, Ireland on February 14. Don't miss your chance to see what critics and fans are calling Jimmy's best shows ever. Dates, more information and tickets
The New York Times: Finally in Front of His Own Hit Parade Is it possible for a musician to emerge unscathed from the kind of early success enjoyed by the singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb? Read the complete article
Additional articles about Jimmy and his new album "Just Across The River:
Jimmy performed "Wichtia Lineman" on The Late Show with David Letterman on July 26. View the performance
NPR Feature: Jimmy Webb: The Songwriter Steps Behind the Mic
Jimmy discussed his new album "Just Across The River" on the Sunday Edition Sunday on July 18. Listen to the facsinating interview and read the accompanying article. In addition, Jimmy's 1998 interview with Liane Hansen is also available via stream. Go to the NPR website
Note to fans who've requested a signed booklet from Jimmy:
For those of you who've sent an album booklet to be autographed by Jimmy and have not received a response, please us your name and address to be sure you get yours. Send request to: email@example.com
June 29, 2010: Jimmy's "Just Across The River" now available everywhere
Jimmy's brand-new album is now available for sale everywhere. Following are links to purchase the album:
From The Tennessean:
Jimmy Webb teams with Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, others on Nashville-made album
Jimmy Webb would hold a place among the music world's most revered songsmiths if he stopped working a good while ago – his is the pen behind "Wichita Lineman," "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and a host of other famed tunes, and his list of honors is fittingly long, from Grammy awards to Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame membership.
He's not stopping, though, and this month he's serving up a new celebration of his body of work. Webb's new album, Just Across The River, collects new interpretations of some of his best-known songs, recorded here in Nashville alongside an impressive cast of collaborators locals (and not-so-locals) will recognize.
On the list: "If You See Me Getting Smaller" with Willie Nelson, Vince Gill contributing to "Oklahoma Nights," "Where Words End" with Michael McDonald and "Galveston" with Lucinda Williams, among other high-profile pairings.
River was largely recorded live over two days at Nashville's Sound Emporium, with contributions from a heavy group of players, including multi-instrumentalist Bryan Sutton, fiddle and mandolin player Stuart Duncan, guitarist Pat Buchanan, rock mainstay Mark Knopfler (who lent lead guitar duties to "By The Time I Get To Phoenix") and Dobro master Jerry Douglas (who plays on the album's version of "Wichita Lineman").
"From the very first song, first take, first note this record seemed blessed," Webb said in a statement. "I hope everyone else feels what we did as we listened to the first rough mixes. And then as each piece fell into place, a fully realized, conceptual work of art emerged."