Editors’ NotesJust Across the River began its life as a tribute album to one of the rock era’s most underrated songwriters. However, producer Fred Molin, an old friend and producer, convinced Jimmy Webb to join the proceedings and the result is an album featuring his most beloved songs in duets with some serious star power, and three solo performances from Webb. Vince Gill sets the tone with his sympathetic reading of “Oklahoma Nights,” rich with harmonies. Billy Joel defers to Webb on “Wichita Lineman.” Lucinda Williams adds a vocal thick with dread to “Galveston.” Jackson Browne brings home the heartbreak of “P.F. Sloan,” the tale of a great singer-songwriter who is lost to the ages. Mark Knopfler adds his gentle, laidback delivery to “The Highwayman.” Willie Nelson remains impeccable with his phrasings on “If You See Me Getting Smaller.” Glen Campbell reunites for “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.” J. D. Souther creates a stunning country-rock moment with “I Was Too Busy Loving Her.” Webb sings alongside and enjoys the moment. These songs have been good to him, and good to us, too.
Oklahoma Nights (feat. Vince Gill)
Wichita Lineman (feat. Billy Joel & Jerry Douglas)
If You See Me Getting Smaller (feat. Willie Nelson)
Galveston (feat. Lucinda Williams)
P.F. Sloan (feat. Jackson Browne)
By the Time I Get to Phoenix (feat. Glen Campbell)