Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CD: JUNE WEBB - Reminiscing with Miss June Webb

Reminiscing with Miss June Webb
Ages and Ages - Break The News - Oh Lonesome Me - Snowflakes - I Wonder Where You Are Tonight - I Think I Know - I'm Living In Two Worlds - Afraid - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Long Long Ago - Making Believe - These Arms of Mine - Tribute
A couple of years ago it was my extreme pleasure to introduce June Webb to our large audience at the 'National Old Time Country Music Festival' in LeMars, Iowa, for a Hall of Fame induction.  Some folks remembered her, I among them.  She was the only female singer ever known as one of Roy Acuff's Smokey Mountain 'Boys.'  True!  June Webb worked for a long time with Acuff, on the road, on the Grand Ole Opry, in the recording studio. She also worked alongside the one and only Hank Williams.  Such a pretty and very talented girl, but very shy, she sometimes didn't appear she actually liked what she was doing.  However exactly the opposite is the truth.  She loved, with all her heart, singing songs with so much meaning, with all of her soul.  Her concern?  Maybe she wasn't doing it good enough.  That happens to all of us in the music business no matter what genre we might be in, but in country music it becomes a very basic feeling and sometimes masters our very existence.  June had to overcome that every time she walked on the stage, and guess what, she overpowered it.  If you were fortunate enough to see her in person, you were a very lucky person.  Sheila (my wife) and I got to do exactly that doing a concert with her in Florida (where she makes her home), and it staggered me to watch her, listen to her, indulge myself with her vocal interpretations of some of country music's greatest songs.  She has a very special specific 'style' that Roy Acuff loved immensely.  And here she is, back again after a long absence.  She still holds that special spot in her heart for country music, which she considers a truly American music.  Rather than lamenting the strange twist the music has taken today that eliminates the steel guitar and fiddle from it's very basic sound, she brings both back in this tremendously enjoyable listening experience. We also have an abiding love for the fiddle of Jake Simpson from Oklahoma who helped put this CD together.  Albert Svenddal is on the pedal steel guitar.  Both of these instruments are spectacular behind June's still vibrant and beautiful 'country' voice.  I"ll have a hard time putting this CD on the shelf and listen to something else.  It will be with me for a long long time.  If for no other reason, to remind me how great country music was, and is in the voice of June Webb.  It's so easy to reminisce when it's so beautifully well done.  This is the first recording June has made since her 1960 hit "I Was Just Meant To Be Lonely."  If she could see me now, she would see a standing ovation. I'm going to forward it to the Rural Roots Music Commission, and I already know what they are going to say.  yep!
for Country Music News International Magazine
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