Cleveland! Volta Sound, Dave Alvin, Jimmy Webb

2 07 2009
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women July 8

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women July 8

From the looks of the overcast miasma lingering over Cleveland the last few days, it would seem that outdoorsy Fourth of July celebrations will be at risk.  While we figure out ways to keep Waterloo from getting waterlogged, here are some words on upcoming shows:

  • The Volta Sound returns to the Beachland Ballroom this Friday with Craig Ramsey (of Bears) and The Nice People, along with new dude Adam Taylor.  Read about the long-lived Volta Sound, whose discography goes back to about mid-2000, and whose lineup bred bands such as The Dreadful Yawns, and others partly responsible for Cleveland’s pop revolution over the last ten years.
  • Blasters guitarist  and singer/songwriter par excellence Dave Alvin brings his roots rock group The Guilty Women to the Beachland on Wednesday July 8th.  Here’s a blues number rendered at the Old Settlers Music Festival:
  • Legendary singer/songwriter/composer Jimmy Webb graces the Beachland with his presence on Friday, July 10th.  Who the hell is Jimmy Webb? He wrote “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “MacArthur Park” (the famed Richard Harris number with the line ‘someone left a cake out in the rain’), the Fifth Dimension’s “Up, Up and Away”…need we continue?  In short, Webb’s the spiritual father of the orchestrally-rich pop we might take for granted, especially in days when it seems any band can have a string section, backup singers, and dizzily complex arrangements. The influence of this giant of American music still moves the soul of many artists, some of whom will be shown doing their own take on Webb classics:

The immortal Irish actor Richard Harris sings the emotionally intense Webb composition, “If You Must Leave My Life”, from the album A Tramp Shining (1968):

REM does a sweetly lonesome version of Webb’s “Wichita Lineman”, originally sung and made famous by Glen Campbell:

Soul godfather Isaac Hayes lays down serious truth here on an edited version of Webb’s “By The Time I Get to Phoenix”:


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