We Get By, is the the hope-filled daydreams of a generation by Jamie Webster, the singer-songwriter’s debut album, released on Fri 21 August 2020 on Modern Sky. Continuing the story from the rock-and-roll records that spilled from the docks into the arms of waiting beat groups, the hopeful indie-pop of the 80s that faced-down Thatcher’s cruelty and the Merseypsych boom of the ‘shroomy 2000’s, Webster sings his city to tell a story of our times.
Sold out gigs around the UK and Ireland, streaming figures hitting 100,000s in days and lauded by the Liverpool Echo as amongst the 15 most influential people shaping the culture of Merseyside today, Webster as a phenomenon is matched by Webster the artist. He is defined by his talent, humility, sense of community and, above all, an insatiable love of music. Unashamedly namechecking The La’s, Bowie, Shack, Sinatra, Stone Roses and Noel Gallagher in his list of whip-smart sonic storytellers, Webster’s route to fans’ hearts been nothing if not direct.
Recorded at the historic Parr Street Studios and produced by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Courteeners, The Coral and She Drew The Gun), Webster crafted his 12-track debut with the backing of Lightning Seeds members Jim Sharrock (drums) and Tim Cunningham (bass) alongside Danny Murphy (guitars), also a member of Michael Head’s Red Elastic Band. Having played in bands since he was 16, Webster’s love of performing with his six-string was supercharged through football culture, playing post-match gigs where hundreds of voices joined in his choruses, win or lose. Now the former electrician and his exuberantly confident band generate instant festival atmospheres wherever they go.
Jamie himself says of his debut: “To describe the album in my own words, I’d say it documents and asks questions of the struggles, joys and escapes of everyday working-class life. A few chords, a bit of passion and a lot of the truth”
Webster’s route from loved local hero to established solo artist with a wide-reaching UK following reaches crescendo in an eight-date UK tour this September, with his homecoming Liverpool date, at the city’s O2 Academy, already SOLD OUT. Webster’s ‘We Get By’ Tour dates for 2020 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
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.