World Wide Webb
World Wide Webb was inspired by Michael Webb's past two years hosting a weekly jam series in Nashville while touring with country/rock pioneers Poco and rock legend John Fogerty. A fixture on Nashville's music scene for twenty years, Webb has been a part of many artists' careers but only now has released a solo album. 'I felt the time was right,' he says. 'I had a few things completed anyway and thought it would be fun to finish the album with my friends in LA.' The album covers a wide spectrum of styles: straight-ahead rock, cajun, Latin, alt/country, and more. 'With Fugitive Glue (Webb's band with long-time collaborators Eliot Houser and Craig Wright) I rarely played solos. In fact, most of the time I'm on bass. I thought I'd change it up on this album, making it more like the weekly jam night I hosted.' That he does, pounding the piano on the lead track 'Goin' Goin' Goin' Gone,' rocking out on accordion on the cajun/gypsy mash-up 'Drinkin' Bout You/Over and Again,' and jamming on Hammond B-3 on James Intveld's 'Somewhere Down the Road.' One of the highlights of the album is 'Cinco, Cinco, Cinco,' a song written in honor of May 5, 2005. 'Craig Wright and I wrote that song because we considered ourselves lucky to be alive to see that day - 5/5/5. The song is in 5/4 time and captures one of the greatest drum performances I've ever heard!' The remake of Fraternity of Man's 'Don't Bogart Me' is another interesting story. 'I'd been performing that song at the Monday Night Jam for over a year when I was approached by the publishing company that owns the rights to the song. A friend of Stuart Mathis' (The Wallflowers) came to the jam and heard us, called LA, and we made all the necessary arrangements to record it. We convened in Stuart's studio on April 20 (4/20) and knocked it out!' Webb already had several Fugitive Glue tracks completed but realized he needed to round out the album with a few more tracks. 'I was working in LA anyway so I called my friends James Intveld, Ted Russell Kamp, Hunter Perrin, and Jerry Roe and booked a studio. We recorded one of each of their songs in my style and had a great time. I loved the change of scenery!' The resulting album is a rollicking good time, showcasing versatile musicianship and witty songcraft in the tradition of albums by NRBQ, Los Lobos, and Rockpile. CJ.