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The title of the CD is ‘No’, but Moorland native Scott Webb hopes listeners will say yes to his band’s latest offering.
Now living in Jackson, Nebraska, Webb is part of a five member band called RetroTWEED who just released their fourth CD of original songs.
“It’s pretty much original rock,” he said of the CD.
It contains 12 songs, some of which deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The song “No more,” Webb said, relates to the politics surrounding the pandemic, while “Wait” is to reach out to family and friends in difficult times.
Webb, who sings and plays keyboard, is rehearsing with the rest of the band with the goal of opening for gigs this summer.
His fellow RetroTWEED members are Bryan Lynch, who sings and plays guitar; Jimmy Klemish on bass; Randy Williams on guitar; and Jesse Wipperling on drums. The other four band members hail from the Sioux City area.
Long before recording CDs with RetroTWEED, Ron and Shirley Webb’s son was growing up in Moorland and taking piano lessons from his grandmother, Agnes Bender.
“If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be playing,” he said.
He said his grandmother worked at Jones Piano House, which was on the 1300 block of Central Avenue where H&R Block is now located.
As a teenager, he began to write songs. In 1986, he recorded a 10-song demo tape at Junior’s Motel Recording Studio near Otho.
“It was a lot of fun working on that,” he said.
He said the demo tape was released independently and he received “the typical record label rejections”.
This tape led to a songwriting partnership between Webb and Kirk Kaufman, the owner of Junior’s Motel Recording Studio. Years later, the duo wrote a song called “Treat Me Right” which was performed by Heather Necole, a country singer.
In 1982 Webb graduated from St. Edmond High School. He first went to Morningside College in Sioux City before graduating from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska.
His day job is as a 911 dispatcher and jailer in Ponca County, Nebraska, but he has remained active in music.
He and Lynch were members of a group called Boss Tweed, which was named after a political leader in New York in the late 1800s.
RetroTWEED started in 2008.
“We’re an all-original band,” Webb said.
He described the RetroTWEED sound as “kind of a hodgepodge, but probably more along the lines of what classic rock was”.
The band released their first CD “RetroTWEED” n 2011. “Side 2” followed in 2014.
After a break, the group exits “The Vault,” a compilation of songs from the first two CDs, in 2021.
The group’s previous songs include “Condensed” “You’re not alone,” and “Robotic Zombies of the Day”.
He said during the concerts “Robotic Zombies of the Day” is “The one everyone is screaming for.”
A completely different style of music is also important to Webb. He plays the organ every weekend at his local Catholic church.
Webb and his wife, Renee, have four children and five grandchildren.
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