Caught in the Webb: A Tribute to the Legendary Webb Pierce

Caught in the Webb: A Tribute to the Legendary Webb Pierce

     
 

This tribute to underappreciated country singing giant Webb Pierce –- an unjustly marginalized Nashville figure despite a dominant string of '50s hits –- is pretty much flawless, both in its choice of material and in the artists who bring it all home so spectacularly. Produced by ardent Pierce devotee Gail Davies (whose cover of Pierce'sSee more details below

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This tribute to underappreciated country singing giant Webb Pierce –- an unjustly marginalized Nashville figure despite a dominant string of '50s hits –- is pretty much flawless, both in its choice of material and in the artists who bring it all home so spectacularly. Produced by ardent Pierce devotee Gail Davies (whose cover of Pierce's "No Love Have I" hit the charts in 1978), it highlights the flamboyant, Nudie suit-wearing singer's perfect ear for honky-tonk winners. Deep-voiced Dale Watson, backed by the Jordanaires (who also support on terrific cuts by Rosie Flores, Pam Tillis, and Guy Clark), gets things off to a rousing start with a hard-bopping rendition of "In the Jailhouse Now." Mandy Barnett, bolstered by a weeping pedal steel line, offers an object lesson in country torch singing on the tear-jerking "Slowly." George Jones makes it clear why he's the most revered singer in country music as he lays out all the sad facts of a love gone wrong on "Yes I Know Why." Dwight Yoakam offers up his own account of faithless love in a western swing ballad, "If You Were Me." In an ethereal, atmospheric performance, Emmylou Harris charges "Wondering" with doubt and desire all at once, while Allison Moorer turns in a showstopping, rage-and-glee-filled interpretation of the adultery classic "Back Street Affair." The Del McCoury Band sound positively beside themselves in a jubilant bluegrass celebration of the good life post-breakup on "Walking the Dog," and Willie Nelson sounds appropriately desolate on "That's Me Without You" as the pedal steel cries behind him. BR5-49, Charley Pride, Robbie Fulks and Joy Lynn White, Lionel Cartwright, Trent Summar, and Pam Tillis are among the other stalwarts who make Caught in the Webb a keeper. Tributes don't get any more powerful –- or any more deserved -- than this.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Cohoon
From the '40s until his death in 1991, country legend Webb Pierce worked his magic as a singer and songwriter, recording and penning some of the most memorable songs in country music history. Ten years after his death, producer Gail Davies and Audium Records have assembled an impressive cast of country artists to pay tribute to the icon in Caught in the Webb: A Tribute to the Legendary Webb Pierce. A glance at the talent represented on this album speaks volumes about the quality of this tribute. Though versions of Pierce mega-hits "Why Baby Why" and "In the Jailhouse Now" are included, it doesn't get any better than Emmylou Harris' rendition of "Wondering." Harris' vocals are pure enchantment. Grand Ole Opry star Billy Walker is another standout with a smooth delivery of "I Don't Care" backed by the Carol Lee Singers and a piano accompaniment reminiscent of the Nashville sound. The only seams in the fabric of the album seem to be the Del McCoury Band's performance of "Walkin' the Dog," which comes across as a bit too grating, and Charley Pride's "I'm Tired." Pride's vocals sound a bit hoarse for some reason here, unlike on his endearing tribute album to Jim Reeves. Die-hard traditional country music lovers and those who hold the Grand Ole Opry dear will definitely get "caught in the Webb" of this tribute to the legendary Webb Pierce. It is refreshing to see that in the age of pop sparkle the artists who shaped the country genre are not completely forgotten. Equally refreshing is to see that established artists such as George Jones, Willie Nelson, and Crystal Gayle are joining forces with a younger generation of artists like Allison Moorer, Trent Summar, and B45-49, who still revere the roots of country.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0684038814626
catalogNumber:
8146

Tracks

  1. In the Jailhouse Now @@Dale Watson and The Jordanaires  - Dale Watson
  2. Slowly
  3. I'm Tired
  4. I Ain't Never @@Rosie Flores and The Jordanaires
  5. Yes, I Know Why @@George Jones  - George Jones
  6. If You Were Me (And I Were You)
  7. Wondering  - Emmylou Harris
  8. Tupelo County Jail
  9. Back Street Affair
  10. Even Tho'  - Matt King
  11. More and More
  12. I'm Walking the Dog
  13. That Heart Belongs to Me
  14. Honky Tonk Song @@Guy Clark and The Jordanaires  - Guy Clark
  15. Love Love Love
  16. That's Me Without You
  17. There Stands the Glass @@BR549  -  BR5-49
  18. I Don't Care @@Billy Walker
  19. Why Baby Why @@Deborah Pierce
  20. It's Been So Long
  21. No Love Have I @@Pam Tillis and The Jordanaires  - Pam Tillis

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Del McCoury   Acoustic Guitar
Lionel Cartwright   Track Performer
Gail Davies   Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Crystal Gayle   Track Performer
Emmylou Harris   Track Performer
Willie Nelson   Track Performer
Charley Pride   Track Performer
Kevin Welch   Acoustic Guitar
Dwight Yoakam   Track Performer
Jordanaires   Background Vocals
Billy Walker   Track Performer
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Stuart Basore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Harold Bradley   Electric Guitar
Mike Bub   Upright Bass
Jason Carter   Fiddle
Steve Fishell   Pedal Steel Guitar
Hoot Hester   Fiddle
Matt King   Track Performer
Carol Lee   Background Vocals
Rob McCoury   Banjo
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Roger Morris   Piano
Bob Mummert   Drums
Weldon Myrick   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kenny Sears   Fiddle
Hank Singer   Fiddle
Trent Summar   Track Performer
Mark Webb   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joy Lynn White   Track Performer
Kenny Vaughn   Electric Guitar
Mandy Barnett   Track Performer
Bob Moore   Upright Bass
Scott Neubert   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Daly   Pedal Steel Guitar
Del McCoury Band   Track Performer
Robbie Fulks   Track Performer
Gary Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Harmony
Hawk Shaw Wilson   Drums
Chuck Mead   Guitar,Vocals
Don Herron   Fiddle,Steel Guitar
Pat Bergeson   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Tremolo)
Chris Nole   Piano
Robert Price   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Allison Moorer   Track Performer
Jamie Johnson   Vocal Harmony
Johnny Cox   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jay McDowel   Upright Bass
Patty Mitchell   Vocal Harmony
Chris Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
David Roe   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Gail Davies   Producer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
A. Greisham   Composer
Glenn Meadows   Mastering
Craig White   Engineer
Edward Morris   Liner Notes
Robert Price   overdub engineer
Mary Jean Shurtz   Composer
Jeff Chenault   Cover Design
Russ Hull   Composer

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