Roots rocker Webb Wilder will be inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony in Jackson on January 18.
A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Wilder said of the announcement, “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.”
Mississippi is indeed considered by many to be the birthplace of blues, country music, and rock ‘n’ roll. The Musicians Hall of Fame honors artists who have succeeded in the fields of classical, jazz, blues, country, gospel, R&B, contemporary, and rock ‘n’ roll. Webb 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, to name a few. It’s also worth noting that Webb will be joining his uncle and aunt in the Hall - Willard and Lillian McMurry, who founded, owned and operated the legendary Trumpet Records label.
During his illustrious forty-year career, Webb Wilder has always been an evangelist for real rock ‘n’ roll. And as a singer, guitarist, bandleader, filmmaker, and humorist, he is truly a roots-rock’s Renaissance man. His music is a blend of roadhouse rock, rootsy blues, ballads, and British Invasion blues-rock. The Associated Press described his stage performance as “a glorious amalgamation of grunge chords, killer grooves, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins theatrics, a healthy sense of humor, and great pop melodies.”
Wilder’s most recent studio release is entitled More Like Me on the Blind Pig label, which was preceded by the 2008 release of a live album entitled Born To Be Wilder.
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