'You'll know the songs, if not the name: 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix', 'Wichita Lineman', 'Macarthur Park', 'The Highwayman' and on. So, best known as a songwriter, but a rather excellent singer in his own right, and tonight touring the 'Just Across The River' long player. A fine raconteur, too.'
'Jimmy Webb's songs are as close to perfection as pop has ever got.' The Guardian
A rare show by the legendary composer Jimmy Webb, the multiple Grammy award-winning songwriting colossus whose bold, visionary music has spanned pop, country, musical theatre and vaudeville and been made famous by a multitude of major recording artists, from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney, to Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt and Joe Cocker.
Alone with his piano, his poignant vocals moving from sublime innocence to devastating emotional potency within the space of a single breath, Webb's peerless interpretations reclaim his classic catalogue as his own: By the Time I Get to Phoenix an odyssey of heartache, the ineffably sad Wichita Lineman evoking the endless horizons of the American Midwest, the homesick, heartsick Galveston a haunting lament on distance spanned by desire.
An intimate singer and skilled raconteur, who namedrops incorrigibly with riotous tales of 'pillaging' Irish villages during his 'drinking years' with Richard Harris (who recorded Webb's epic MacArthur Park) or ending up on stage at Farm Aid impersonating Johnny Cash, Jimmy Webb is the quintessential American storyteller. The songs may be bittersweet, but there is such pleasure to be gained in the listening.
Brooklyn-born blonde Nell Bryden lends support with her quintessentially fresh yet familiar-sounding Americana, a mash up of bluegrass, country, soul and jazz. A gorgeous voice, fabulous vintage dresses and a whole lot of songwriting talent is seeing her rapidly shoot her way to the top.
'An exquisite, blindingly good body of work.' Uncut Magazine
'He has been blessed with the emotions and artistic talent of the great lyricists.' Frank Sinatra