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Saturday, June 19, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Webb Wilder

Posted By on Sat, Jun 19, 2010 at 8:00 AM

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Nearly three and a half decades ago, Webb Wilder lit out of his small Mississippi hometown and headed for the bright lights and smoky bars of Austin. In 1985, he co-founded the Beatnecks after moving to Nashville, spearheading the first wave of roots rockers and picking up a rabidly loyal fan base along the way. Wilder’s 1986 solo debut, It Came From Nashville, found inspiration in British and American rock, honky-tonk country, West Coast surf-pop, and raging hillbilly blues — a hybrid that the self-proclaimed Last of the Full Grown Men called “swampadelic.” Regardless of the label you hang on it, over the course of a quarter century and nine albums — including last year’s More Like Me — Wilder has made music designed to jumpstart your country core while radiating down to your feet. Nashville’s blow-dried pop cowboys might make more rodeo dough, but nobody has more fun onstage than Wilder. See for yourself when he plays the Winchester at 8:30 p.m., with the Sweet Roots opening. Tickets are $10. —Brian Baker

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