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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6th, 2011
MISSISSIPPI MUSICIANS' HALL OF FAME
Roots rocker Webb Wilder will be inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony in Jackson, MS January 18th. The event is not open to the public, but will feature Webb and the other 2010 inductees including LeeAnn Rimes, Big Joe Williams and others. Webb will be inducted for the category of “rock.”
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 and 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 and roll. Webb will be in good company alongside inductees such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Leontyne Price, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty, the Staples Singers, Mose Allison, Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley 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 may be roots-rock's only true Renaissance man. His music is a potent blend of bedrock roadhouse rockers, rootsy blues, lonesome ballads, and crunchy British Invasion grit, all informed by Wilder's distinctly irreverent attitude and wit. 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, which was preceded by the 2008 release of a live album entitled Born To Be Wilder. Both of these CD’s spent many weeks holding down the #1 spot on the Roots Rock chart and garnering significant critical acclaim. Webb has also been playing hard around the world on his never ending “economy with dignity tour” pleasing his legion of enthusiastic fans. Remember to Work Hard, Rock Hard, Eat Hard, Sleep Hard, Grow Big, and wear glasses if you need ‘em.