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WENDY WEBB —STEP OUT OF LINE (Spooky Moon Records)

 

Iowa-raised, Americana singer-songwriter, Wendy Webb now Florida-based is loaded with talent, a particularly fine lyricist she owes some of her style to the work of the likes of Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and the 1970s Californian scene. People like Jackson Browne, Laura Nyro, Robbie Robertson, Leonard Cohen, John Lennon, The Philadelphia Sound, Bill Evans and Miles Davis also figure. Her vocals unlike all too many, are positive, tuneful, and given the song Webb is quite a knockout.

 

Apart from her cover of the Bob Dylan classic “North Country Girl” (complete with piano and pedal steel) the record has the impassioned “Talk To Me”, and with intonations of the likes of Baez on songs “Mexico” (I love her poise and general unhurried style, its so beautiful), “Freedom”, the beauty of the voice is certainly is present. Accompanying Webb are a long line of star players; ranging from the likes of David Grissom (electric guitar), Dan Dugmore (pedal steel, electric, acoustic guitar), Dave Pomeroy (bass) to Mark T. Jordan (organ, electric piano) as the hardcore band. Plus you also have Jonathan Yudkin, Willie weeks, Vince Santoro and Jim Horn–Wayne Jackson add a little brass. For her part, Webb provides acoustic guitar and electric piano on five tracks. Webb has played such venues as Chicago’s Bitter End, New York’s Café Vivaldi, Harry’s Bar in Paris, and recorded on Havana Radio Progresa. One of the songs Webb’s piano figures is “Where Are You Going Now, My Love”; it also possesses killer harmony vocals, and the cello of Yudkin as she closes the album with arguably the most poignant song on the record!

 

Ever thoughtful and stylish Webb sets at a bar high level, and with the recording process an intimate one that takes place in a rented house in Nashville produced by Mark Keller (he also co-writes with Webb on six songs) she will have to be in top form her if she is going to better Step Out Of Line next time around. After checking out her music, and listening to this I expect she will. No pressure.

 

                                                           Maurice Hope         

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