Wilson, a sort of Merle Haggard of comedy, rants about the everyday frustrations of the working man. Like trying to reason with a teller at the bank. Or finding a place to smoke a simple cigarette. Or trying to find a mechanic at a gas station. For that matter, trying to get the lady locked tight in that gas station store to let you inside after midnight. "I get mad," the Georgia native says. "And it goes into my act."
He's been a comedian since he graduated from college, where he majored in English. "It takes an expert in the English language to butcher it the way I do," Wilson says. Though both his parents were schoolteachers, Wilson knew at age three that he wanted to go into show business. In elementary school, he became a junior Rich Little, doing dead-on impressions of the teachers at his school. "My mother used to drag me over to her second grade class to do shows for them. In high school I emceed talent shows, and I was the only student to be invited to the faculty Christmas party - three years in a row!" he remembers.
"Mama made us listen to Pink Floyd and Floyd Cramer Daddy couldn't take it, he had to go You can't play Hendrix on the banjo" "Acid Country"
Wilson began playing the guitar as a teenager, setting his sights on a music career. He wrote "syrupy girl songs that nobody wanted to hear." He made demo tapes, and after getting a job as a sportswriter at the local paper, convinced his boss to let him review concerts. "'Cause I figure that's a good way to get in free," he confesses. At an Atlanta Rhythm Section show, Wilson slipped one of his tapes to Roy Yaeger, the band's drummer, who was just beginning to branch out into producing. He brought Wilson up to Atlanta to demo some of the songs, but it didn't go anywhere. Wilson kept at the songwriting, though, and still had dreams of a music career when he graduated from college. Then he drove by a comedy club. "I thought, 'I don't know what that is, but I can do comedy," Wilson says. He showed up for open mike night and found his calling.
"Everybody's down on assault weapons. Let's be honest. When two bullets hit you, it don't really matter if 48 more come after it. You're mind is kinda on them first two."
Immediately he hit the road, playing every comedy club in the Atlanta area. Soon, he won a Cinemax comedy competition, and began to appear on such television comedy shows as Evening at the Improv, Caroline's and Comedy on the Road. He got a spot on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He lived and worked in New York for a while, then came back to Georgia, where he felt the audience understood his humor better than the New York audience did. He got married. Had children. He was a full-time, no-day-job, comedian.
"That Twister tornado got on my nerves. How come that tornado could tear a 40-penny nail off a two-by-twelve but couldn't get a bra and tank top off Helen Hunt?"
In 1990, Wilson hooked up with the singing comedy team Pinkard & Bowden. Finally his love of music and his natural ability for comedy came together, when they wrote "Arab, Alabama." More songs followed, until he had so many that he decided to include some in his stand-up act. Eventually he cut four albums on Bill Lowery's independent Southern Tracks label. He co-wrote "The Redneck Twelve Days of Christmas" with Jeff Foxworthy, who had a hit with the song. He got a fair amount of radio play himself with the song, "Garth Brooks Ruined My Life," which charted at #70, had fingernail marks to #75 and dropped out.
"Bill Clinton: I knew he wasn't the one. Anyone who drives an El Camino in college… If you can't decide between a Malibu and a pickup truck I don't want you running the free world."
Today, Wilson makes regular guest appearances on the Bob and Tom and John Boy and Billy syndicated morning radio shows that lean toward the rowdy and politically incorrect. "Most comedians come from the left wing view. They worry about what Hollywood will think," says Wilson. "My stuff comes from the guy in the flannel shirt, out there working."
The guys who know that It's A Sorry World.