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Webb Wilder to join Mississippi Hall of Fame

Friday, January 7, 2011 – Roots rocker Webb Wilder will be inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony in Jackson on Jan. 18.

A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., Wilder said, "I am very grateful and extremely proud to be a recipient of this honor. I've been doing this a long time so it's always nice when someone notices. When that someone is the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, it's about as special as it gets. I have always seen the state of Mississippi as the "home office" of music...the "source" so to speak, having produced so many icons who are not only my musical heroes but those of the world as well. My family goes back generations there on both sides, so really, I couldn't be more pleased."

Wilder will be in good company alongside inductees such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Leontyne Price, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty, the Staples Singers, Mose Allison, Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

Wilder will be joining his uncle and aunt in the Hall - Willard and Lillian McMurry, who founded, owned and operated the Trumpet Records label.

Wilder's most recent studio release is entitled "More Like Me," which was preceded by the 2008 release of a live album entitled "Born To Be Wilder."

CD reviews for Webb Wilder

Mississippi Moderne CD review - Mississippi Moderne
Webb Wilder's "Mississippi Moderne" (pronounced by Wilder as "Moe-durn") is a mix of rockabilly, blues and country with touches of the British Invasion. The set opens with a tease for the closing "Stones in My Pathway," an effectively retro country blues tune that sounds like it could have been recorded in the '30s. Though not quite as vintage sounding, Jimmy Reed's "I'm Gonna Get My Baby" (featuring George Bradfute on guitar) is equally compelling. »»»
More Like Me CD review - More Like Me
Nashville roots-rocker Webb Wilder is self-effacing almost to a fault, where it's sometimes hard to figure out if one should take his shtick seriously. Wilder's second project for Blind Pig (following a live album in 2007) stays away from his more humorous side and leans a little more toward the blues that label is known for - but it's blues Webb Wilder style. That means on songs such as (Ju Ju Man and Still Water Runs Deep). It's filtered through the British Invasion's »»»
About Time CD review - About Time
It's been nine years since the release of Webb Wilder's last studio album so the intended irony of the title of this effort is obvious. Wilder's wide range of influences is on display. The country side comes out most strongly in the tounge-in-cheek cowboy tune "Scattergun," as well as the Hank Thompson-style ballad "Old Copper Penny." There's also an effective cover of Tommy Overstreet's "If You're Looking For A Fool," delivered here with a harder edge. Elsewhere, Wilder serves up bluesy »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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