Webb Wilder

Still Working hard, Rocking hard, Sleeping hard, Growing big, and Wearing Glasses 

The Webb Wilder credo tells you everything you need to know about his outlook on life and music – “work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard, grow big, and wear glasses if you need ’em!”
I first came across Webb Wilder supporting the Georgia Satellites back in the late 80’s/early 90’s at the late lamented, Newcastle Mayfair.
It was a Sunday night but both Wilder and the Satellites played like it was a Saturday night. That evening left a lasting impression on me and I have dipped into his catalogue over the years and it’s safe to say he never lets you down.
From the fifties style romantic pulp magazine cover of his newest release, you can tell straight away that this band is fun!
Wilder covers lots of bases in the rock n roll world from straight rockers to fifties style ballads and of course Country music. He is a master of all of them too.
NIGHT WITHOUT LOVE kicks off with a three chord rock n roll romp telling the tale of a guy trying to find out what’s wrong with his girl, and he will do anything to make her feel better.
Most all of the other songs too, cover all the usual subjects of love, girls and fun fun, fun; and there is nothing wrong with that.
At this stage I think it’s safe to say that’s what we expect from Webb Wilder and that’s what he delivers. He isn’t reinventing the wheel, but what he does do, is create great rootsy Pop songs that always have the knack of making you think you’ve heard them before.
That’s not to say he is copying other musicians – absolutely not – it just means he takes the history of music and turns it into classic songs that are full of hooks that stick into your brain long after you’ve heard them. 
Album closer Hi Heel Sneakers pretty much sums up the whole album. It rocks, and the lyrics will put a smile on your face.
put on your red dress baby, because we going out tonight,
put on your red dress baby,
because we going out tonight.
Wear some boxing gloves, in case some fool might wanna fight“.
Webb Wilder has never taken himself too seriously and this continues on the latest release.
If you’re are already a fan then you know what to expect, and you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re new to him, then I don’t think you will be disappointed either. 

Released April 10th 2020
Review courtesy Chris Harrison

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