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Jimmy Webb remembers: America’s songwriter talks about Elvis, Kenny Rankin, Linda Ronstadt and Glen Campbell

Jimmy Webb is one of the most honored songwriters of our time. Frank Sinatra called Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” the greatest torch song ever written. It was the third most performed song between 1940 and 1990, according to BMI, behind only “Yesterday” by John Lennon and The Association’s “Never My Love.” He’s the only artist to ever win Grammys in three categories: music, lyrics and orchestration. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, The National Academy of Popular Music Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, a member of ASCAP’s board of directors and a recipient of the 2003 Songwriters Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award.


Old Yellow Moon: Timeless songs, special moments

During our recent conversation about the selection process for “Old Yellow Moon,” his new record with long-time friend and musical collaborator Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell said they chose the 12 songs because they were timeless, but not in an oldies kind of way.


Of Note: Two Texas originals release CDs

Two of the best songwriters Texas ever produced released records this year. Willie Nelson’s “Let Face the Music and Dance” came out in April. Guy Clark’s “My Favorite Picture of You” drops today. Both artists take a look back with fondness. One honors music of a by-gone era. The other  honors his lady love.


Buffett in Bossier: Short and sweet - Paradise Theater offers intimate, up close experience with artist

I got lucky during a walking tour of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Resort and Casino’s grand opening July 3. Our guide stopped in the Paradise Theater, an intimate 900-seat venue where the Big Kahuna himself was playing a sold-out, VIP show that evening. The first person we saw was Buffett’s long-time security chief, Charleston Miles. Among his many duties, Miles is the one who directs photographers during the show. Usually, he lets us shoot the first three songs – without a flash – and then sends us to our seats.


Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers warm up Frisco crowd with Songs from St. Somewhere

    Normally, when Jimmy Buffett comes to Texas, it’s the beginning of Spring, when everyone ditches their hoodies, long pants and woolen socks and pulls out the Hawaiian shirts, surfer shorts and flip flops.
    Of course, Spring 2013 has been anything but normal.

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