Download our mobile apps

Webb Wilder

Thu - Sep 12, 2019

Also available tonight
Webb Wilder - 7 PM 90
$25.00 Per Ticket
| $28.00 at the door
Please select a ticket before continuing.    

Do you have any special requests for this ticket?

Will you be dining with us? (preferred seating to those dining with us - unfortunately this does not apply to standing room ticket holders)

.

You must agree to the terms and conditions
Please select a ticket before continuing.
Buy Tickets
  • Share

Online tickets sales end at 5 PM on the day of the show!

Webb Wilder made quite an entrance in 1986 by refusing to listen to popular wisdom. “During that time, if you wanted to purvey something in the rock world, people told you not to tell anybody your label was in Nashville,” he says.


So Wilder named his debut album “It Came From Nashville.”


While country-music vogue at the time was about free-flowing hair, Wilder sported the kind of fedora a midcentury gumshoe might wear. And the cover of “It Came From Nashville”? It also had UFOs on it. But that album was a bracing shot of red-eyed roots music at a time when such a thing was scarce. The Mississippi native created a pan-Southern music that drew from soul, country and rockabilly, a mix that would likely receive greater renown today, now that those musics have huddled together under the Americana tag. At the time, he was the rare guy making such musical doo-dads.


So Wilder’s new album “Powerful Stuff!” should prove exciting to those who fell for his buzzing rock ’n’ roll all those years ago. Wilder calls the album “a bit of an archeological dig,” as he went through his archives and emerged with more vibrant music made between 1985 and 1993. That era found Wilder in Nashville after having taken a swing in Austin in the mid-’70s. Wilder grew up in Hattiesburg, Miss., “which wasn’t like Mars, but it was a little enclave that was idyllic but a little boring to some of us who wanted to get away. You don’t realize until you leave that you grew up in a region forged in the crucible of Afro-Celtic culture that is the Deep South that can affect you on a subliminal level.”


Wilder and drummer/producer/songwriter R.S. Field visited Austin in 1975 and stumbled into the Split Rail, where Rick Stein & the Alleycats were playing. “Imagine a guy in cowboy boots playing the Beau Brummels’ ‘Laugh Laugh,’” he says. “So I knew where I needed to be. I got to town January 1976 and was like, ‘Now what do I do?’”


His first gig was at a topless bar called the Sitting Bull.

But Wilder’s band didn’t get much traction there, and he eventually moved to Nashville, as did Field.

They nevertheless left some evidence of their presence behind in Austin.


The title track of “Powerful Stuff!” was written by Field and was a staple in Wilder’s sets for years. The version here was from the Mountain Stage show in 1988 in West Virginia.


Soon after, Austin’s Fabulous Thunderbirds recorded the song for the soundtrack to “Cocktail” and enjoyed a minor hit with it.


“I was thrilled for them,” Wilder says. “But we stepped away from it then. We did and we do covers but not current radio-hit covers. And you can’t put up a disclaimer: ‘Hey, we did it first!’ So I forgot about it.”

He kept working on his signature sound, which completed a cycle of sorts: Wilder adored the ’60s British Invasion music and in his own way reclaimed much of that music’s Southern root system with some influence from New York and California.


“I guess I can blame it on the Beatles,” he says. “They could make an album where they did a Broadway showtune and a Chuck Berry song and make both sound line the hippest thing in the world.”


So “Powerful Stuff!” includes some Wilder originals and several written by Field, as well as songs associated with Tina Turner and Johnny Paycheck.


“I never saw myself as a purist about anything,” he says. “There are many purists I admire. We talked about the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Jimmie Vaughan was born to play the blues. His dad was a hillbilly guy, but even when Jimmie plays hillbilly music, it comes out as the blues. For me, I just wanted the music to be eclectic. Our limitations can govern our strengths. There are things I can and can’t do, but what I’ve done I’ve tried to do my way.”


andrew.dansby@chron.com


TERMS OF PURCHASE

  • Advance tickets are available (cash only) at McGonigel's Mucky Duck. THE BOX OFFICE IS OPEN FOR ADVANCE TICKET SALES MONDAY THRU SATURDAY 11am til 6pm only.
  • All sales are FINAL. Tickets may NOT BE REFUNDED or EXCHANGED for another show.
  • All tickets are will-call, which is to say that there are no physical tickets - your name will be on a list at the door.
  • Tickets are available (cash only) at McGonigel's Mucky Duck. We do NOT sell tickets over the phone.
  • At 5 pm on the day of the show, tickets will no longer be available for purchase online.
  • Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only).
  • You should receive an email confirmation of your ticket purchase.
  • Please bring your email confirmation and a valid photo ID for proof of age and ticket purchase.
  • Reserved seats are held until showtime. SEATS WILL BE RELEASED at that time (you will still have entry, but it will be general admission).
  • A NON-REFUNDABLE $5.00 per ticket service charge will be added to the purchase price of each ticket sold online - in the instance of a show cancellation the service charge will not be refunded.
  • The name in the 'Shipping Address' portion of your order will be the name your tickets are held under at the door - if you are buying tickets for someone else, indicate their name in these fields.
  • All shows are 21+. Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by their parent.
  • Food and drink are purchased separately.
<-- CUSTOM CODE FOR ST PATRICKS DAY 2019 -->