Happiness is Music: Webb Wilder, Last of the Full Grown Men
Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard, grow big, wear glasses if you need ’em!
~ The Webb Wilder credo
Tonight I write about one of my favorite musicians, the man, the myth, the legend, the last of the full grown men, Webb Wilder. I first encountered Webb while living in Kentucky in the early 90’s, his album Hybrid Vigor (here’s an old MTV promo for the album), got some decent airplay on the local radio and songs like Hittin Where It Hurts, Wild Honey and The Human Cannonball really turned me on to Webb’s music.
His next album Doo Dad was truly a sensation and Webb has gone on to dance through a lot of genre descriptions, he’s been called country, rock, roots rock, and even psychobilly rock. The great thing is there are elements of all of that in his music. Just to really illustrate the difference all you have to do is listen to Sitting Pretty (a rocker), Baby Please Don’t Go (blues tribute to Big Joe Williams) and then Carryin’ the News to Mary (country).
Webb and particularly his partnership with R.S. “Bobby” Field has produced a lot of amazing music. Webb is certainly a larger than life character and his shows own up to the billing of Webb as an electrifying artist. I’ve had the pleasure to see Webb play in Lexington, KY – Knoxville & Johnson City, TN – and Starkville, MS. Webb is always gracious to fans and has been a pleasure the couple of times I’ve had the chance to meet him and say hi. So friends, give him a listen and have a happy day! ~ Rev Kane