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James Robert Webb is a genuine country boy from Kellyville, Oklahoma who found a love of music before he learned to walk. You never know what instrument James may play live, but you can be sure that his voice will captivate you with a voice that is powerful, tender and uniquely country. Influenced by the great Oklahoma vocalists Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Vince Gill, Webb has a flair for traditional country with a modern bent.
When it comes to country music, Webb’s influences lie along the traditional side with modern influences. “I grew up listening to the great vocalists-like Jones, Haggard, Twitty, Rogers, Nelson, and Cash. When the new traditionalists came along like Strait, Garth, Randy Travis–it was the best of both worlds. I fell in love with those meaningful, deep ballads like Unanswered Prayers and Diggin’ Up Bones and got to rock out to honky tonk tunes like Hard Workin’ Man and Chattahoochie.”
This mixture of influences is clear in his live show as well as his recordings. Born This Day, the first album release on his fledgling indie label, Bison Creek Records, had two singles on country radio. The first single was the title track, cowritten by Webb, a Christian country Christmas song that saw airplay in 30 US markets and charted #12 on the European Hotdisk chart. His follow up, “Long Hot Winter” peaked at #65 on the US national Music Row Chart.
As if running an indie record label and raising three kids was not enough, Webb has been working over the last year writing, cowriting and producing his first country album. The album is due out this summer and his band has been playing shows regionally. “This new album will definitely appeal to both traditionalists and those who like a little more modern production. I don’t want to give too much away, but I feel like we have hit on a ‘sound’ for me as a country artist that sets me apart and let’s my vocals have the spotlight. I can’t wait to share it with all of my fans.”