Date:   6/11/2016

Multi-award winning songwriter Jimmy Webb returns to Thrasher

The prolific American songwriter, composer and singer, Jimmy Webb, will be performing at the historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Jimmy Webb is an American songwriter, composer, and singer known worldwide as a master of his trade. His platinum selling classics include "Up, Up and Away", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” "Wichita Lineman”, "Galveston”, "The Worst that Could Happen”, "All I Know”, and "MacArthur Park”. His songs have been recorded or performed by the best including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Judy Collins, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, R.E.M., Michael Feinstein, and Carly Simon.  According to BMI, his song "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was the third most performed song in the 50 years between 1940 to 1990.  Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.

Jimmy Webb was the youngest man ever inducted into the National Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and is the current Chairman.  He also serves proudly as the Vice Chair of ASCAP.  He is dedicated to the preserving the rights and the craft of the songwriter. His book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting, in addition to being a good read, is considered a "bible" among musicians. 

Webb's latest CD, the critically acclaimed "Still Within the Sound of My Voice” (September 2013) features duets that punctuate the importance of this songwriter: Brian Wilson, Keith Urban, Lyle Lovett, David Crosby and Graham Nash, Art Garfunkel, and more.  It is the follow up to the 2010 release, "Just Across the River" featuring duets with friends including Billy Joel, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne and Glen Campbell.

Opening for Jimmy will be pianist Robin Spielberg whose concerts always intertwine musical performance with stories that inspire, enlighten and make us laugh.  Named to the prestigious Steinway Artist Roster, Robin has sold one million CDs making her one of America’s most popular contemporary female pianists/composers.

Tickets to see Jimmy Webb and Robin Spielberg are $29 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Horicon Bank (Green Lake); Pick ‘n Save & Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling 920-294-4279. On-line ticket sales are also now available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.

 Sponsored by Stahl Plumbing & Heating and Gagne Ford, this project is also supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Accommodations provided by the Heidel House Resort & Spa.


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