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

Webb Wilder
Webb Wilder performs at Music City Roots in Franklin, Tennessee in 2015.
Webb Wilder performs at Music City Roots in Franklin, Tennessee in 2015.
Background information
Birth nameJohn Webb McMurray
Born (1954-05-19) May 19, 1954 (age 70)
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, U.S.
GenresProgressive country, outlaw country, roots rock, rock and roll, rockabilly, southern rock, surf rock, Americana
Occupation(s)Musician, actor
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1986–present
LabelsRacket Records, Landslide Records, Island Records, Zoo/Praxis/BMG, Watermelon Records, Deaf Pig Records, Varèse Sarabande, DixieFrog Records

Early life edit

McMurry was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.[1] He started playing guitar at the age of 12 and was playing in bands when he was 14.[2]

His aunt was Lillian McMurry, the founder of Trumpet Records.[3] She mentored him and gave advice as he started in the music industry.[2]

Career edit

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.[4] His sound incorporated influence from Americana music as well as from the British Invasion.[5]

Wilder said that his music was progressive country.[6] He has been signed to major labels and worked with independent labels. He has also hosted a radio show for Sirius Radio.[1]

Webb Wilder appeared as an actor in Peter Bogdanovich's 1993 feature film The Thing Called Love.[7] As of 2020, he was an afternoon-shift disc jockey for radio station WMOT, which is based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Discography edit

Albums edit

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 Records/Praxis International/BMG R.S. Field
1993 It Came from Nashville (CD release) Watermelon Records R.S. Field
1995 Town & 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: A Webb Wilder Overview [compilation] Varèse Sarabande Various
2006 Tough It Out! (Live in Concert) (also released as It's Live Time! and Born to Be Wilder) Landslide Records/DixieFrog Records/Blind Pig 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
2018 Powerful Stuff! Landslide Records Various
2020 Night Without Love Landslide Records Webb Wilder

Charted singles edit

List of charted singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Human Cannonball" 1990 68 Hybrid Vigor

Filmography edit

  • 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)

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Webb Wilder grew big and still wears glasses when he needs 'em".; Knoxville News Sentinel. February 17, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Sickler, Linda (April 26, 2012). "Webb Wilder and The Beat Necks return to Savannah".; Savannah Morning News. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Webb Wilder". Brilliant Productions. Retrieved December 5, 2022.
  4. ^ Robert Gordon. "Webb Wilder Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Webb Wilder". Blind Pig Records. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "Webb Wilder Bio". Webb Wilder. Retrieved December 5, 2022.
  7. ^ Croce, Fernando F. (March 11, 2006). "Review: The Thing Called Love". Retrieved February 10, 2023.
  8. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 302.

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