Jimmy Webb & Robin Spielberg
May 15th-16th 2020
About the Artist
Multiple Grammy-winning songwriter Jimmy Webb has topped the charts from pop to country to disco numerous times with interpretations by some of the industry’s greatest -- from Glen Campbell to Art Garfunkel to Linda Ronstadt -- and covers by everyone from Guns n’ Roses to Josh Groban to Little Big Town. Since Webb’s Grammy sweep in 1968 when his own “Up, Up and Away” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” vied for Song of the Year (and “Up” won), to the use of his “Do What You Gotta Do” in Kanye West’s “Famous,” the man often praised as “America’s Songwriter” remains an icon in popular music – and continues to challenge his artistic boundaries with projects like a classical nocturne. His most famous songs are touchstones for a generation yet remain timeless – “MacArthur Park,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Worst That Could Happen.” Now in his touring show “An Evening with Jimmy Webb”and his literary memoir, THE CAKE AND THE RAIN (St. Martin’s Press; now in paperback and audiobook), Webb brings fans of his music a unique connection to their favorite songs, revealing the stories behind his hits as far back as his first songwriting job at Motown through a career trajectory that took a teen preacher’s son from a farm town in Oklahoma to the top of his longed-for profession, with pitfalls and blessings in equal measure between.
“He’s a prodigious performer, and a night with Jimmy at the keys is not unlike getting to hear George Gershwin or Cole Porter live. It’s hard to believe one guy could have written all these amazing songs. Webb is still at it, thankfully, and if you get a chance to see him live, grab it. People ask why nobody writes songs like they used to. Fortunately for us all, Jimmy Webb still does.” -American Songwriter Magazine
“Mr. Webb is a superb natural melodist whose best songs often combine the tuneful directness of country music with the unabashedly romantic harmonic palette of classic Hollywood film scores.” – The New York Times
Robin Spielberg is a Steinway Artist, and has been hailed as one of America’s most popular contemporary female pianists/composers and has been featured in live performances on PBS, CBS Saturday Morning, ABC News, Lifetime Live, and NPR. She has played sold out performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall three times. Spielberg’s has toured South Korea several times and just this past summer embarked on a three week concert tour of China where she is a bonafide “piano star.” Spielberg’s music has now been heard by over 165 million listeners on Pandora and has had hundreds of millions of plays on Apple Music and Spotify. As her popularity continues to skyrocket, Spotify has now created a ‘Robin Spielberg Spotify Playlist’.
Her 18th CD On the Edge of A Dream spent 4 weeks the Billboard charts and was nominated for numerous awards. She is currently at work on her 19th CD, an album of popular love songs.
She is the author of “Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland,” which won the Reader’s Favorite International Book Award contest for best memoir. In it, she demystifies the life of a touring artist with humor, and a dose of the sometimes-harsh realities of life on the road.