Number one Texas artist and MusicRow Magazine’s 2022 Independent Artist of the Year, James Robert Webb released his latest single “Lovesick Drifting Cowboy”! “Lovesick Drifting Cowboy” is a Hank Williams-inspired roots song with classic country, blues and rock and roll influences. Co-written with Shelby Lee Lowe and Victoria Powell, the inspiration for the title came from Hank Williams, Sr. The title is a mashup of Hank Sr’s band name, The Drifting Cowboys, and his famous cover of “Love Sick Blues.” Listen to the new song here: https://ditto.fm/lovesick-drifting-cowboy
“We wrote this song pre-pandemic, back in 2017. It was inspired by country icon and legendary songwriter, Hank Williams Sr. The title of the song is a nod to both Hank’s band and his famous cover of ‘Love Sick Blues.’ It was one of his most enduring songs although his team didn’t want him to record it. Everyone has an opinion on Hank, but I consider him to be the original outlaw country artist with a tragic ending. He was also just a massive superstar and a big component of his music was pop and blues,” says James.
James Robert Webb goes on to offer insight into the creation and recording of the song: “For me, ‘Lovesick Drifting Cowboy’ is a more visceral song. I wanted to evoke that character of a tortured artist trying to find his way. For the recording process, I wanted to update that ‘Hank Sr. country roots sound’ by way of the blues. That’s certainly what Hank was and I wanted to pay homage to that. When I listen, I can see Hank’s band traveling in their old bus down that dusty Lost Highway–like an old desert road with tumbleweeds blowing past a cactus. There’s also an edge that reflects my influences–it’s definitely a preview of what’s to come for me as an artist. ‘Lovesick Drifting Cowboy’ is a solid song; It’s got that southern rock country vibe that we all need, even if we don’t think we do.”
Already a hit at radio, “Lovesick Drifting Cowboy,” has notched “highest debut” honors on both the Texas Regional Radio Report and MusicRow CountryBreakout charts, at No. 62 and No. 72 respectively. It was the No. one most downloaded on CDTex and on debut week obtained a trifecta at Texas radio of highest debut, No. 62, with highest spin increase and most added.
“James sings his butt off on this one, showing range I didn’t know he had…well done!” -Rob Spangler, Queen B Radio
“James Robert Webb has taken himself to the next level. Little Waylon vibe Charlie Daniel’s too, Country through and through!” -Doris Day, KXIA, Marshalltown, Iowa
“If you want to know why JRW is the Music Row Independent Artist of the Year just listen….’nuff said!” -Mike Thomas, PD/MD, KFAV, Warrenton, MO
This latest single from James follows his first Texas Radio No. 1 song for his single, “Stealing Home” which topped the charts in March. He was also awarded MusicRow’s Independent Artist of the Year in February. To keep up with all things James, please visit jamesrobertwebb.com
About James Robert Webb
James Robert Webb is steeped in the regional music traditions of Oklahoma as a cross-genre artist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A true polymath, Webb is also a practicing subspecialist physician, whose music has been featured in numerous press outlets including American Songwriter magazine, Country Music People magazine, Taste of Country and more, as well as around the world on country radio and SiriusXM. His most recent accolades in music include #1 Texas artist and the 2022 Music Row Magazine Independent Artist of the Year, Working with GRAMMY-winning producer Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Reba), the trail-blazing independent Nashville recording artist’s eponymous last project has racked up almost three million digital streams while finding success at US country radio stations from California to Connecticut. He has notched a total of nine Top 40 chart hits on Music Row’s Country Breakout chart and five consecutive Top 40 appearances on Billboard’s Country Indicator chart. His song “Okfuskee Whiskey” made Webb one of only a few indie artists to ever crack the top 15 at Music Row, peaking at No. 13 on MusicRow and at No. 33 on Billboard. The official music video recently passed one million views on YouTube and has over 400,000 streams on Spotify. Webb has performed at numerous iconic venues including the Ryman Auditorium, the Cain’s Ballroom and a sold-out debut at the World-famous Bluebird Cafe. Webb has opened for Texas legends George Ducas and Kevin Fowler, shared the stage with Charlie Daniels, Randy Houser, Darryl Worley and played alongside many others including Marshall Tucker Band, Montgomery Gentry, Lauren Alaina, and Kane Brown to name a few. For more on James Robert Webb, go to JamesRobertWebb.com.