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About Time

Webb Wilder

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Album Review

True to the album's title, it has been eight years since the last platter of original material from Webb Wilder. Although this disc — his sixth since 1989 — isn't worth a wait of that length, it is a terrific addition to the rather meager Wilder catalog. Produced by longtime cohort R.S. Field, who also pens nearly half of the tracks, Wilder utilizes his deep baritone voice and edgy twang band to energize '50s rockers, frisky swamp pop, country blues, surf, and twang nuggets. To his credit, original Field rockers like "Miss Missy from Ol' Hong Kong" sound like the obscure covers that Wilder resurrects from rock & roll's dusty past. Wilder's eclectic catalog-raiding ranges from Tommy Overstreet's honky tonk "If You're Looking for a Fool" to Johnny Burnette's "Little Boy Sad" and Cliff Richards' "Move It." He also unearths "Jimmy Reed Is the King of Rock and Roll," a comparatively new tune from the underappreciated Kevin Gordon, and kicks the album off in high gear with a sizzling version of Big Al Downing's "Down On the Farm." Wilder displays his dry humor on "Scattergun," a tongue-in-cheek Western story-ballad out of the "High Noon"/"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"-styled '60s songbook. Horns pep up a few tracks, such as the Chuck Berry-ish "Battle of the Bands," and Wilder even stops by the tiki lounge for a pedal steel-driven weeper, "Old Copper Penny." But judging from "The Only One," a rugged, shadowy, midtempo burner co-composed with Chuck Prophet and the album's most serious tune, Wilder should include more of his own originals when he gets around to making another album — which hopefully will not come after another eight-year wait, because this collection is such loose fun. Occasionally the energy lags, but About Time is a rollicking party from one of Americana's less recognized but most talented and knowledgeable artists.

Customer Reviews

The Man, the Myth, the Legend strikes gold again...

It is difficult to capture the essence of an great band's live performance. Webb does it with perfection for a a second time. WW's live shows are amazing. "Tough it out", like "It came from Nashville" is the epitome of his live shows. The albums are a tribute to the band. Unlike the prepackaged, overdubbed, over produced, vacuous trash fed to the masses by record labels, Webb sounds exactly the same live as he does on his non-live albums. There are gems like Webb out recording, playing shows and not selling out to the cookie-cutter mentality/definition of popular music. And like Webb Wilder, they all are great bands, live or on their albums. Long live the true artists, the purists and those with their integrity intact...

DONT JUDGE AN ALBUM BY ITS COVER

WHEN GOD SAID LET THERE BE MUSIC ....WEBB WILDER WAS BORN....THIS MAN HAS A VOICE ANGELS DREAM OF....THIS CD WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH...IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY...IT WILL DO ALL BUT DISSAPOINT...IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE CD HAVE THIS ONE...ABOUT TIME IS RIGHT...

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The Webb Wilder character was created for a short film about a backwoods private detective who fell out of the '50s and happened to also be a musician. With his group, Wilder combines the surf guitar of the Ventures with the rock roots of Duane Eddy, drawing on the feel of both country music and film noir. Though sometimes bordering on the gimmicky, the band is quite humorous yet plays serious music. It Came from Nashville featured a cover of Steve Earle's "Devil's Right Hand," appropriate because,...
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