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Cottonwood Farm
     

Cottonwood Farm

by Jimmy Webb
 
Always a patient and elegant songwriter, Jimmy Webb has penned some classic and enduring songs, including "Galveston," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "MacArthur Park," and "Highwayman," among many others. Although he performs live when he feels like it, often doing shows solo at the piano, he's never feverishly pursued the spotlight and stays

Overview

Always a patient and elegant songwriter, Jimmy Webb has penned some classic and enduring songs, including "Galveston," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "MacArthur Park," and "Highwayman," among many others. Although he performs live when he feels like it, often doing shows solo at the piano, he's never feverishly pursued the spotlight and stays instead focused on the song at hand, writing with a sense of hushed understatement, dropping the characters in his songs into a particular place in their lives that can't help but resonate with listeners -- few songwriters have portrayed the emotional doubts and isolation at the heart of contemporary life with such grace and compassion. The word muted somehow comes to mind, and that's exactly what this release is -- hushed, unhurried, and muted. Recorded at sessions in 2008 and 2009, Cottonwood Farm is a family affair, featuring Webb and his sons Christiaan, Justin, James, and Cornelius -- the Webb Brothers, who have three critically acclaimed albums of their own under their belts -- as well as his father, Bob Webb, and daughter, Camila. Opening with a version of Webb's "Highwayman," the album quickly swings into its emotional center with the title tune, a sweeping, 12-minute epic that is one of Webb's finest and is also perfectly suited to the familial tone of the project -- and this is a Webb Brothers album, too, with songs like the lush and elegant "Mercury's in Retrograde" showing that the sons clearly inherited a lot of their father's pop sense. The final cut is among the most poignant -- it features Webb's 86-year-old father, Bob Webb, singing a delightfully endearing version of "Red Sails in the Sunset," making this album a three-generation family affair. Anchored by "Cottonwood Farm," a song Webb wrote in the early '70s for his grandfather but never recorded, this album casually tells the Webb family story through several generations -- it's a warm fusion of history and melody from a remarkable family with an uncanny affinity for crafting its own elegant brand of pop Americana.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
Label:
Proper Records Us
UPC:
0805520030502
catalogNumber:
305
Rank:
175890

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Webb   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Melodica
Julian Coryell   Guitar,Ukulele
Danny Levin   Horn
Tim Walker   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Bob Webb   Vocals
Michael Levin   Cello
Justin Webb   Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Melodica
Christiaan Webb   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Julie Carpenter   Violin,Viola
David Moyer   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Cal Campbell   Guitar,Percussion,Drums
James Webb   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Cornelius Webb   Bass
Camila Webb   Background Vocals
Sara Beth Webb   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

George Allen   Management
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Kerry Cunningham   Engineer
Hugh Williams   Composer
Elan Trujillo   Engineer
Joe Cassidy   Engineer,Additional Production
Webb Brothers   Composer
Justin Webb   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Graphic Design
James Alderman   Booking
Donnie Whitbeck   Engineer
Cal Campbell   Engineer
Nina Boneta   Engineer
James Webb   Arranger
Andy Luckhurst   Logo
Mac Maker   Sculpture

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