If Alice Cooper is rock 'n' roll's Vincent Price and Randy Newman its Jonathan Swift, then Webb Wilder is a combination of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Think about it Dino was a confident stylist who didn't take himself too seriously; Lewis was unpredictable and over-the-top. That's Wilder all over, taking aspects of pre-Dylan Americana surf music, rockabilly, R&B, hard-twangin' country, and Chuck Berry and synthesizing them into his own daffy, wry, Everyjerk persona. Wilder points out "You Might Be Lonely for a Reason" before taking you on a "Horror Hayride," and he dedicates "Ruff Rider" to iconic actor Broderick Crawford (Highway Patrol, All the Kings Men). Some roots-rockers take you grimly down Highway 61. But Webb Wilder will drive you to McHale's Tiki Lounge for Friday night's specials.
Webb Wilder performs at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Bamboo Room, 25 S. "J" St., Lake Worth. Tickets cost $20. Call 561-585-2583, or visit www.bamboorm.com.