Having provided sets from the likes of Lambchop, John Cale and Marianne Faithfull over their last 2 years, ‘In The Round’ is back in 2018 for a 10 date run. In its third year, artists ranging from Oumou Sangare to Levellers will be providing rare, intimate sets alongside one of history’s greatest ever songwriters, Jimmy Webb.
Since childhood, Webb has known nothing but music. While his conservative, religious parents restricted his listening to white gospel and country music, they were encouraging, with his mother encouraging his piano lessons and his father providing the first $40 that allowed him to kickstart his career in California in 1965. This lead to his first commercial success, where his song ‘My Christmas Tree’ was recorded by The Supremes. His work with Glen Campbell started in 1967, as he released his version of ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’. It was these collaborations that saw Webb thrown into the public eye, with his songs ‘Wichita Lineman’ and ‘Galveston’ providing instant accolades and admiration for himself and Campbell. It was around this time that his gift for complex orchestration, sophisticated melodies and surprising harmonies became clear, with pieces such as the Richard Harris sung ‘MacArthur Park’ becoming hugely successful. This led to him being the youngest person ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Hardly surprising when the likes of Elvis and Frank Sinatra are singing your songs.
From here, he went on to release solo albums, combining his own versions of the songs he wrote for others with new material, as well as more classical oriented writing such as his extensive film/TV scoring. Further collaborations followed (Art Garfunkel, Billy Joel and Mark Knopfler for example) and eventually, his memoir. His February 1st show at In The Round will see Webb preview some of the tall tales from this book, ‘The Cake In The Rain’, interspersed with his own take on the timeless tracks he has been producing for over 50 years.