Friday, October 23 at 8 pm at The Cutting Room, NYC Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 pm at The Towne Crier Café, Beacon NY
With 50 years of hit songs, Hall of Fame songwriter Jimmy Webb has plenty of songs to choose from for his current tour, as he pulls from the iconic music made famous by such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Art Garfunkel, Donna Summer, Glen Campbell, and Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge. For his two October New York shows, Friday, October 23 at The Cutting Room (http://thecuttingroomnyc.com) and Saturday, October 24 at the Towne Crier Café (http://www.townecrier.com) Webb is turning it over to the audience to choose the set list.
Webb’s post-concert conversations with fans – which can last as long as the shows – often focus on the songs they want to hear him play beyond the big Billboard hits like “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “MacArthur Park.”
“Meeting the fans in person and reading their comments on Facebook, seeing and hearing what they care about, for me, as a songwriter, is the truth--the emotion, the connection the feeds my creativity,” says Webb. “There is an overwhelming demand to perform songs that are off the beaten path. And it’s fun for me to play these songs and break the routine.”
Perhaps this show will feature the Fifth Dimension-recorded “Paper Cup” instead of “Up, Up and Away;” one any of the many songs Michael Feinstein consistently interprets – “She Moves, Eyes Follow” or “Only One Life;” an alternate song from Richard Harris’ debut produced/written/arranged by Webb, A Tramp Shining, beyond “Didn’t We” and “MacArthur Park;” or if the fans demand it, the difficult “Still Within the Sound of My Voice,” sung so spectacularly by Linda Ronstadt. Of course, Webb won’t leave out all the expected songs – just mixing it up a little for the legions of “Webb Heads,” many who travel in from out of state or out of the U.S. for the songwriter’s shows.
Fans can submit requests for the October 23rd and 24th shows at https://www.facebook.com/JimmyWebbMusic or http://www.jimmywebb.com/. Submissions must be received by October 17, 2015 to be considered for the concerts.
Each night during his live shows, whatever the set list, Webb reminds audiences why this preacher’s son from Oklahoma has been a hit maker since the age of 16 and a beacon through five generations of the Great American Songbook. Webb enhances his virtuoso performance of iconic tunes with riveting tales of the inspiration behind some of pop music’s biggest songs and singers, and a humorous tour into the days and nights of a songwriting prodigy. It’s more than a concert – the show is like a master class, a fascinating “all-access pass” to the songwriting process and the music industry.