Webb WilderMay 11, 2016 | 0 comments
Webb Wilder – (Roots Rock, Nashville, TN)
New CD, Mississippi Moderne – Landslide Records
Inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame “The Home Office for American Music” He’s there alongside Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, BB King, Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williams and Jimmy Rogers.
Long before there were Kings of Leon, Keys of Black or Whites of Jack in Music City there was a riddle spewing prophet of roots rock and roll. A bluesy blast of baritone bombast. Equally versed in two glorious worlds, Rock and Roll. He is a force on tour and a tour de force. He is the last of the Full Grown Men and Roots Rock Royalty.
Rock ’n’ roll, from Nashville. Formed from Mississippi mud, tinged with British mod.
Bruised by the blues. Baptized by Buck and Chuck.
Psychiatric psycho-rootsy. Sizzling, glistening, uneasy listening.
As it has been for three decades, it is now and ever shall be.
Hardly a purist, Webb has described the music he makes as, “Rock for Roots fans and Roots for Rock fans.” Growing up in Hattiesburg, MS, he spent some years in Austin before setting his new home, Nashville, on its ear with his unique hybrid sound – was this music Country? Rock? Rockabilly? Blues? What it was was popular, and he found himself touring worldwide – and growing legions of his Loving Public. His critically acclaimed indie films made him a cult hero. He was also one of America’s first Satellite DJs on XM Radio.
And he has just made an album of uncommon uncommonness, of unusual unusualness. Mississippi Moderne. The main thing is to listen, and in your listening you shall hear a marvelous encapsulation of things right and righteous, wistful yet wild, strange at times but always strong. In many ways, a full and unbroken circle back to the days when Webb Wilder was a boy possessed of the mind of a full-grown man, listening to The Kinks and The Move, an Anglophile in Mississippi. c. Peter Cooper
“Webb flat out rocks! They serve up potent Southern comfort.” Rolling Stone Magazine
“With his obvious love of British rock and Southern roadhouse, Wilder could be a kind of Tom Petty for the trailer set.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“These days the term ‘roots rocker’ is almost meaningless, but Wilder’s blend of a rocker’s heart with a hillbilly’s soul is probably the best aural definition of it yet.” Time Out Chicago