Legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, an Elk City native, will return to the Blue Door to headline the respected Oklahoma City venue’s anniversary month in May.
The Oklahoma Hall of Famer, 66, will play a two-night stand at the Blue Door on May 17-18.
Webb is known for penning such hits as “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “The Highwayman,” “Up, Up and Away,” “MacArthur Park” and “The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress.”
“I put Jimmy up there with Woody and Bob Dylan and Lennon & McCartney and anyone else you care to name. His music has always been about taking chances. His songs move in all directions and have been recorded by a host of artists as diverse as the songs themselves,” Blue Door proprietor Greg Johnson wrote in his weekly newsletter.
“Jimmy’s shows at the Blue Door are historic and as memorable as any I have ever had.”
I had the privilege to speak with Webb before his 2010 Blue Door pilgrimage. He told me the listening room is “a training ground for a whole future generation of songwriters and singers and performers.”
“It’s not just fun, it’s almost like a revival meeting. My fans are the best, you know,” he said of his live shows, often attended by folks who have driven hours to see the songsmith. “I take a lot of positive energy from this. And I’m pretty good at it at this stage in my career; I’ve been doing it for a long time.”
Tickets to Webb’s Blue Door shows are expected to sell out. For tickets, go to www.ticketstorm.com. For more information, go to www.bluedoorokc.com.
In this YouTube video from his 2006 Blue Door show, check out Webb’s reminiscing about the late Richard Harris, the Irish actor that recorded Webb’s “MacArthur Park”: