The President of the United States is amongst the failing, self-serving ‘leaders’ of the free world to be found in the crosshairs of people-powered singer-songwriter, Jamie Webster, as he comes out fighting for ‘the dreamers’ once more on Something’s Gotta Give. A rapidly-rising phenomenon singing from the heart of Liverpool, Webster single is OUT NOW on Modern Sky and comes just a week after announcing the summer release of his long-awaited debut, 12-track album, We Get By.
Cool in his condemnations, never wavering from chilled observations emboldened by the command of his six strings, Webster draws first blood with the line: “How can you tell me that this is where it’s at, when all the clowns are all calling the shots?” before upping the ante and decrying ‘crooked Tories’ and the ‘freak’ across the pond. Reserving his disdain for those that most deserve it, Webster devotes his remaining lines to the people he is singing for and not against, the left behind, discarded and victims of deception in a post-truth age dominated by rolling bad news.
Recorded at Parr Street Studios and produced by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Courteeners, She Drew The Gun), Something’s Gotta Give reveals a new layer of political assertion from a singer who documents the life, day-and-night, that he sees play out before him. Switched-on to the realities of life on the margins and the exploitative forces that make life harder for many than it should be, Webster evokes influences like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Billy Bragg in calling out injustice.
Listed by the Liverpool Echo journalists as the 11th most influential person shaping the city’s modern culture in their 2020 Power List, Webster is emerging as a voice of his generation.
The route from loved local hero to established solo artist will reach crescendo in an eight-date UK tour this September, with his homecoming Liverpool date, at the city’s O2 Academy, already SOLD OUT. Completed by a full band, Webster now counts as comrades Lightning Seeds members Jim Sharrock (drums) and Tim Cunningham (bass) alongside Danny Murphy (guitars), who also backs Mick Head as a member of his Red Elastic Band.
Webster’s spirited live shows develop an electric, festival-like atmosphere with an energetic camaraderie between performer and audience crackling at close quarters. With more dates to be announced, all upcoming shows including his album tour and summer festival dates are as follows:
- Fri 4 Sep – Newcastle, Think Tank?
- Sat 5 Sep – Bingley, Bingley Weekender 2020
- Thu 10 Sep – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
- Fri 11 Sep – Manchester, The Deaf Institute
- Sat 12 Sep – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
- Fri 18 Sep – Belfast, Limelight 2
- Wed 23 Sep – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
- Thu 24 Sep – London, The Camden Assembly
- Sat 26 Sep – Liverpool, O2 Academy Liverpool – SOLD OUT
- Sun 27 Sep – Liverpool, Sound City
Remaining tickets for all forthcoming shows are available at See Tickets.
Something’s Gotta Give is Jamie’s fourth single with Modern Sky and follows iTunes Chart-topping tracks, Weekend In Paradise, Living For Yesterday and Grinding The Gears. Each have supercharged the 26-year old ex-electrician’s popularity, with lyrics rooted in Webster’s own working-class upbringing and personal experiences.
Webster originally grew in renown for providing new soundtracks to Liverpool Football Club’s rising fortunes, playing to 60,000 fans attending the 2019 Champions League Final in Madrid and performing around the world, as far afield as Australia and Dubai.