NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country singer Gail Davies remembers growing up in Seattle and spying through heating vents with the other children as her parents and their friends danced to Webb Pierce’s honky-tonk music.
“To us, the coolest thing in the world was to be in that room with the adults dancing to Webb Pierce,” says Miss Davies, who scored a string of hits in the 1980s.
Miss Davies, 53, has gathered an impressive group of country-music stars for a tribute album, “Caught in the Webb: A Tribute to the Legendary Webb Pierce,” on Audium Records.
Dwight Yoakam, Robbie Fulks, Crystal Gayle, George Jones, Mandy Barnett, Emmylou Harris, Allison Moorer, Lionel Cartwright, Willie Nelson and Billy Walker are among those on the album.
Mr. Pierce dominated country music in the 1950s with hit records such as “Wondering,” “In the Jailhouse Now” and “Honky Tonk Song.” Other hits included “Bye Bye Love” and “Tupelo County Jail.” He was 69 when he died of cancer in 1991.
Miss Davies says she doesn’t expect “Caught in the Webb” to spark a honky-tonk revival.
“The only other goal we had for it was to help get Webb into the Country Music Hall of Fame,” she says. “We recorded the album in June, and they announced he was going in in August, so there’s no goal but to enjoy the music.”