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Jackie James Barnes

Jackie James Barnes

Aug 5th 2018 @ State Theatre

Sydney, Australia
Jimmy Webb & Friends
Sunday, August 5th, 2018
8:00 PM
It is with the greatest of pleasure that we announce the return of Jimmy Webb to our shores for two exclusive shows. The legendary songwriter (“Wichita Lineman”, “MacArthur Park”, “Up, Up and Away”) with an evolving career spanning genres and generations, will perform his songs in a live collaboration with Australian friends. Joining him on stage for these spectacular shows will be some of our greatest artists: Jimmy Barnes, David Campbell, Kate Ceberano, Ed Kuepper and Ian Moss – they’ll be backed by an orchestra along with some of the country’s finest musicians.Last year’s Australian tour, An Evening with Jimmy Webb, saw sold out shows around the country – his fans turned up to packed halls to honor the scale of his musical and lyrical output. Webb charmed his audiences with his songs and wonderful anecdotes of an extraordinary life, as only a genuine master of his craft can. Says Jimmy of his return visit to Australia “Australia with its vast shorelines, ferry boats and natural wonders has always been my favourite place to play. Now to perform live with Australia's most popular rock and pop stars - and orchestra - I am blown away. I am honoured, and we are going to pull out all of the stops for the audience!" The multiple Grammy-winning songwriter has topped the charts: from pop to country to disco numerous times with interpretations by some of the industry’s greatest. He’s worked with Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, and too many others to name. Jimmy’s been covered 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,” and “Galveston.” His memoir, The Cake and the Rain, The Wall Street Journal (USA) described as “quite possibly the best pop-star autobiography yet written.”