The Lyric Archive

Flight of the Spirit: A Conversation with Jimmy Webb

Flight of the Spirit: A Conversation with Jimmy Webb

written by Brent Thompson

Detailing Jimmy Webb’s hit songs, accolades, and overall impact on pop music would require a separate article. Still, the following list will give you an idea: Grammy Award winner – Song of the Year (1967), Grammy Award winner – Best Country Song (1986), National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award (1993), Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1990), and Great American Songbook Hall of Fame – Songbook Award (2013). To date, he is the only artist to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. But of all of the accomplishments in his distinguished career, Webb’s partnership with singer/songwriter Glen Campbell perhaps remains his calling card. Together, the two artists collaborated on a successful run of hits, including “Wichita Lineman” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.” These days – in addition to recently releasing an album of covers titled Slipcover (S-Curve Records) – Webb is celebrating the life and music of his late friend with his “Glen Campbell Years” tour. On Saturday, November 2, Webb will perform at The Lyric Theatre. Recently, he spoke with us by phone from his New York residence.

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With Soul and Feeling: Marlowe Shepherd & The Abraham Becker Orchestra Prepares to Swing into The Lyric

With Soul and Feeling: Marlowe Shepherd & The Abraham Becker Orchestra Prepares to Swing into The Lyric

WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRENT THOMPSON

THE SOUNDS OF GERSHWIN, PORTER, CARMICHAEL, AND MERCER. A VOCALIST ACCOMPANIED BY A 22-PIECE ORCHESTRA. EIGHTEEN MONTHS OF REHEARSAL TIME. SIMPLY PUT, MARLOWE SHEPHERD AND THE ABRAHAM BECKER ORCHESTRA’S UPCOMING PERFORMANCE AT THE LYRIC THEATRE WILL BE AN EVENT, NOT A SHOW. ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, VOCALIST SHEPHERD AND UPRIGHT BASSIST/ARRANGER BECKER WILL BRING THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK TO THE LIVE STAGE. RECENTLY, WE SAT DOWN WITH THE TWO BIRMINGHAM-BASED ARTISTS TO DISCUSS FRANK SINATRA, SONGS, AND A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

Marlowe and Abraham, thanks for your time. What are a couple of key things you want people to know about the Lyric performance as the show date nears?

Marlowe Shepherd: There’s a string section. Most bands that are 12 to 14 pieces don’t have strings. If you listen to songs from the Sinatra add cool and smooth – they have a smoothing effect across the horns. There are great 12 to 14-piece swing bands that do a lot of great charts, but they can’t do… [read more…]


Music Monday

Music Monday

Introducing MUSIC MONDAY, a brand new weekly feature where MusicBham and Magic City Weekend preview the week’s shows performing in Birmingham! Come see us here every week or at MagicCityWeekend.com! Also, check out our video and Spotify playlist below, and don’t forget to follow @MusicBham and @MagicCityWeekend on FaceBook and Instagram!
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For tickets and more listings, visit our calendar!

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Ani DiFranco

Righteous Babe Records and singer-songwriter-activist Ani DiFranco announce her twentieth studio album Binary, set for June 9 th . With Binary, the iconic singer/songwriter/activist/poet/DIY trendsetter returns to territory that brought her to the world’s attention more than twenty-five years ago. One of the first artists to create her own label in 1990, she has been recognized among the feminist pantheon for her entrepreneurship, social activism, and outspoken political lyrics. At a time of global chaos and confusion, DiFranco is kicking ass and taking names, with a set of songs offering a wide range of perspective and musical scope.

Fans can pre-order the album in digital, CD, and vinyl form now on Ani DiFranco’s PledgeMusic campaign page. Pledgers who pre-order the album will receive three instant gratification tracks and access to exclusive artist updates and bonus content. Fans will also be able to order special memorabilia including lyric books, t-shirts, screen-printed posters, totes, socks, signed guitars, and art prints. More for info, go to: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/anidifranco

Written prior to the 2016 election, the songs on Binary are prescient of the current political situation in America. Ani tackles the challenge and necessity of teaching non-violence with “Pacifist’s Lament” and the need for empathy in…

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An Acoustic Evening with Patty Griffin & Lee Ann Womack

Patty Griffin is a Grammy-Award winning artist who has achieved great acclaim for her songwriting as well as her powerful voice. Her first two albums, Living With Ghosts and Flaming Red are considered seminal albums in the singer-songwriter genre, while Children Running Though won Best Album and led to her being named Best Artist at the 2007 Americana Music Awards. She won the Grammy for Downtown Church, her 2010 gospel album. Her songs have been covered by a myriad of artists including Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, Joan Baez and Bette Midler. She was born in Old Town, Maine and resides in Austin, Texas.
Progressive traditionalist Lee Ann Womack has sung for Presidents, the Concert for the Nobel Prize and Maya Angelou’s Celebration of Joy Rising. More importantly, the Grammy-winner built a career seeking songs that slice life wide open to let the pain, the emptiness, the rage and the desire pour out.

A Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, she’s also won the prestigious Album of the Year for There’s More Where That Came From, plus a pair of Single of the Years for “I May Hate Myself in the Morning” and “I Hope…

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Tommy Emmanuel – Classics & Christmas Tour featuring Pat Bergeson, Annie Sellick and John Knowles, CGP

On October 28, world-renowned Australian “fingerstyle” guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel CGP will release a new album of holiday music, Christmas Memories, showcasing new arrangements of Christmas favorites such as “Jingle Bells,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” and “White Christmas.” In addition, the album includes three original tunes that are sure to become instant Christmas classics, including “Christmas Time,” “Let’s Make a Christmas Memory” and “Christmas Memories.”
In support of the new album, Emmanuel will embark on a U.S. Christmas tour in the fall of 2016. “The Classic & Christmas Tour” will feature one solo set of some of Emmanuel’s classic acoustic material, and one set of Christmas favorites where he’ll be accompanied by long-time friend and collaborator John Knowles CGP on guitar, Pat Bergeson on guitar and harmonica, and Annie Sellick on vocals.
“Making this new album was such a joy for us,” said Emmanuel. “We had just finished our last Christmas Tour, and we were ready to go in and play the songs LIVE in the studio. Every performance is how it went down…no studio tricks or fix-ups, just honest singing and playing. This brings a feeling to the music that can’t be manufactured. It sizzles…

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