James performs at Frank Brown International Songwriter Festival.
Forget everything you know — or think you know — about country musicians. James Robert Webb breaks virtually all those stereotypes.
A songwriter, guitarist and singer, Webb flew out to California from his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this week to join a Saturday night concert at Solvang Festival Theater to raise money to rebuild Rancho Alegre Boy Scout Camp and Outdoor School...
[Photo by Len Wood]
Country Music People Magazine | August 2017
Last year I gave James Robert Webb’s album Pictures a three star review in this magazine and said I felt he wasn’t doing anything that scores of other artists were not also doing .... well, I am happy to say now he is. The writing has matured and the delivery has acquired hooks that make the listener sit up and take notice.
It would be easy to suggest the highlight of this album is the clever choice and treatment of two cover versions. Several people have recorded George Strait’s Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her, including the excellent Keith Whitley and more recently Jon Pardi, and luminaries including Alan Jackson, Josh Turner and Leann Rimes have all released credible versions of The Possum’s He Stopped Loving Her Today. What the man manages to achieve here is the impression these songs were written for him; and in fact the treatments, especially of the latter, might actually lead some younger fans to think they were.
However the self penned tracks are equally as good. James Robert Webb has a classy and classic country vocal style and he has written some mighty ne songs to show it off. There is still the unashamed Brooks and Dunn style, especially in Honky Tonk Revival and Hard Workin’ Women but with Kix and Ronnie not releasing new product this is a refreshing touch of nostalgia. Similarly Man On A Mission could have been an Alan Jackson single fteen or so years ago and is possibly the most obvious radio play on the album (complete with AJ’s trademark long play out). I particularly enjoyed the lyrics of Call Me Anytime principally because they appealed to my sense of humour in several places, but all these songs are well constructed and demonstrate, for me anyway, that new country music in the traditional style is still able to make itself heard through the mire produced by the modern Nashville machine.
I believe Mr Webb is still a practicing physician which may account for the small number of forthcoming gigs on his website. A year ago I said I doubted I could sit through a whole show, but if these songs are what you get from the stage now I would be delighted to do so – and lead the shouts for more.
Chris Smith, Country Music People
Rising singer/songwriter from Oklahoma delivers another winning collection of songs.
After scoring some success with his first album (Pictures) via Bison Creek Entertainment, James Robert Webb is back with Honky Tonk Revival his sophomore album and it certainly isn't a sophomore slump. On the contrary, it is better in every way (even though the diversity of country sounds remains the same) with better vocals, tighter songwriting and pointed production choices.
"Six Strings & The Truth" opens the record in a way one might expect from a classic Garth Brooks song. It definitely is a statement song for James as an artist (he puts his heart and honesty on his sleeve) and with the thumping percussive backbeat, it's the right song to start the record (and likely his concert performances this year). If you know hard working women, well, James Robert Webb's song "Hard Working Women" is something for them. It's a song about all the women who are "underpaid but loving overtime."
James Robert Webb co-wrote most of the record with his friend, rising songwriter Alex Dooley. Their songs together, "Honky Tonk Revival," "Heart Hangover," "You Can Call Me Anytime," "American Beauty" and "Man On A Mission" run the gamut of country sounds and all deserve airplay slots on radio if the time should come with rocker "American Beauty" being the most obvious choice. Another Alex Dooley song, "Slow One," (which he co-wrote with Jeff Silvey) is the kind of classic George Strait-like song that says, yeah, you're listening to great country music.
Speaking of George Strait, there's a fine cover of "Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her"" on this record which is updated to suit James' own style and is paired with a strong and unique take on the greatest country song ever recorded® on "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Yes, THAT Song. And that's what's great about James Robert Webb's Honky Tonk Revival. Every song works and he's never been in better voice. I look forward to hearing what he has coming up next.
Nashville, Tenn. (May 19, 2017) -- Country singer/songwriter James Robert Webb is celebrating the release of his second album, Honky Tonk Revival (Bison Creek Records). The 11-track compilation features his current single, "Six Strings & The Truth," which was ranked by iTunes Country as one of its top pre-sales. Honky Tonk Revival has scored rave reviews and boasts a blend of original singles as well as covers of the iconic "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "Nobody In His Right Mind Would Have Left Her" in honor of his musical heroes George Jones and George Strait.
The versatile singer and multi-instrumentalist teamed with producer/songwriter Daniel Kleindienst to launch the project. It's the follow-up to Webb's Pictures album they collaborated on which earned two Top 40 hits on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart for his 2016 singles, "How That Feels" and "Makin' Love Tonight."
Despite success generated from his breakout album, the artist holds the new recordings in a special place. "For me it's all about the music and with this album you can absolutely hear the growth in my songwriting and evolving sound. I would put this project right up next to anything that's out there now as far as writing and sound," says Webb.
Check out the album's full track list below.
Honky Tonk Revival Track Listing:
1. Six Strings & The Truth
2. Hard Workin' Women
3. Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her
4. Honky Tonk Revival
5. He Stopped Loving Her Today
6. Heart Hangover
7. Slow One
8. Call Me Anytime
9. American Beauty
10. Falling Star
11. Man On A Mission
*Review copies of Honky Tonk Revival available upon request
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Media Contacts for James Robert Webb:
Kay Waggoner Burney / (615) 305-6745
The Verdict Overall, James Robert Webb delivers on his brand new album Honky Tonk Revival. He manages to stay true to his musical roots. It garners 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Honky Tonk Revival is the sophomore album by James Robert Webb to be released May 19th 2017 on the Bison Creek Records label. After hearing this album, I got to get my hands on his first two albums. There are so many great tracks on this album such as Hard Workin Women, Honky Tonk Revival, Slow One, Call Me Anytime and much more. James also covered two great songs He Stopped Loving Her Today (originally recorded by the great George Jones) and Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her (originally recorded by George Strait). His vocals are smooth and clear and instrumentation is remarkable. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to anyone’s country music library.
Tulsa-based country singer and doctor James Robert Webb has released the video to his latest single, "Six Strings and the Truth."
According to The Boot, which exclusively premiered the video, the song is featured on Webb’s sophomore album, "Honky Tonky Revival," due out May 19 via Bison Creek Records.
Webb, who grew up in Kellyville, counts fellow Oklahomans Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and Ronnie Dunn among his country music influences, according to his bio.
He earned a Top 40 hit on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart with his 2016 single “How That Feels," from his first album, last year's "Pictures."
See the full feature here...http://newsok.com/article/5545109
NASHVILLE, TN (April 6th, 2017) - The new single by James Robert Webb, "Six Strings & The Truth," marked its debuted on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart today at #95. "Six Strings" is the lead single from Webb's upcoming sophomore album "Honky Tonk Revival" and celebrates those who remain true to themselves.
Featured on the Music Row "Most Added" chart, the song scored the second highest debut of the chart week, behind Miranda Lambert's "Tin Man." This marks James' highest debuting single on this chart and it was also the highest debut by an independent artist.
Meanwhile, the video to "Six Strings & The Truth," filmed at the club venue 54 Country in Fulton, Missouri passed 13,000 YouTube views in its first week since it was premiered on The Boot. The song was also featured on the iTunes Country front page and made it into the iTunes Country top 10 on pre-orders.
The single is available to stream and download at smarturl.it/SixStrings
Watch the video at https://youtu.be/KNbWRhsmm-s
James Robert Webb is a multi-dimensional man.
By day, he wields a scalpel in the quest to stop human pain. By night, or whenever he can, he wields a guitar pick and sings to his heart's content to just about anyone who will listen.
He's not in the position to have to chose between the country-musician and the doctor role. He can do both.
Nashville, Tenn. (September 29, 2016) - The Christmas 4 Kids organization has announced the lineup for its 2016 Ryman Auditorium concert, set for Monday, November 21 at 7:00 PM in Nashville. For the second year, legendary southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band will headline the show. James Robert Webb will make his Ryman debut as he opens the show which includes legends Ray Stevens, Aaron Tippin and Montgomery Gentry . CLICK HERE for more...