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John "Webb" McMurry (born May 19, 1954), known as Webb Wilder, is an American rock & roll singer, guitarist and actor.

Webb Wilder
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Webb Wilder performs at Music City Roots in Franklin, Tennessee in 2015.
Background information
Birth nameJohn Webb McMurry
Born (1954-05-19) May 19, 1954 (age 64)
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, U.S.
GenresRoots rock, rock & roll, boogie rock, rockabilly, Southern rock, Americana
Occupation(s)Musician, actor
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1986–present
LabelsRacket Records, Landslide Records, Island Records, Zoo/Praxis/BMG, Watermelon Records, Deaf Pig Records, Varèse Sarabande, DixieFrog Records
Associated actsThe Drapes
The Beatnecks
The Nashvegans
The Ionizer


Early lifeEdit

McMurry was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


The Webb Wilder character was created for a short film about a backwoods private detective who fell out of the 1950s and happened to also be a musician. With his groups like The Drapes, The Beatnecks, The Nashvegans, Wilder combines the straight-ahead rock & roll with surf guitar of the Ventures and twang of Duane Eddy, drawing on the feel of blues, R&B, country/rockabilly and film noir.[1] His sound incorporated influence from Americana music as well as from the British Invasion.[2]

Webb Wilder appeared as an actor in Peter Bogdanovich's 1993 film The Thing Called Love.

Wilder currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.


Date of Release Title Label Producer
1986 It Came From Nashville Landslide Records R.S. Field
1989 Hybrid Vigor Island Records R.S. Field for Praxis International
1991 Doo Dad Zoo/Praxis/BMG R.S. Field
1993 It Came From Nashville (CD release) Watermelon Records R.S. Field
1995 Town and Country Watermelon Records R.S. Field, George Bradfute, Webb & the Nashvegans
1996 Acres of Suede Watermelon Records R.S. Field and Scott Baggett
2005 About Time Landslide Records R.S. Field
2005 Scattered, Smothered and Covered Varèse Sarabande Various
2006 Born To Be Wilder (a.k.a. It's Live Time! / Tough It Out – Live in Concert) Blind Pig Records/Landslide Records/DixieFrog Records R.S.Field
2009 More Like Me Blind Pig Records Webb Wilder & Joe V. McMahan
2015 Mississippi Mōderne Landslide Records Webb Wilder, Bob Williams, Tom Comet, George Bradfute, and Joe V. McMahan


  • Paradise Park (1991)
  • Corn Flicks (1992) consisted of three short films, including:
  • Webb Wilder Private Eye
  • Horror Hayride
  • Aunt Hallie
  • The Thing Called Love (1993) Ned
  • Pueblo Sin Suerte (2002) Reb
  • Born to be Wilder (2005) Himself
  • Scattergun (2007)
  • Webb Wilder Amazing B-Picture Shorts (2009)


  1. ^ Robert Gordon. "Webb Wilder Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Webb Wilder's artist page at Blind Pig Records site". Retrieved 8 May 2018.

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