Jon Wurster

Jon Wurster (born October 31, 1966) is an American musician and humorist best known as the drummer for indie rockers Superchunk and recently for The Mountain Goats, as well for his comedic work with radio host Tom Scharpling on the The Best Show on WFMU. Wurster has recorded and/or performed live with artists such as Bob Mould, Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard, Robert Pollard, Katy Perry, The New Pornographers, Rocket from the Crypt, Ryan Adams, R.E.M., Guided by Voices, Marah, Alejandro Escovedo, A.C. Newman, Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple, Inspiral Carpets, The Minus 5, and Charlie Daniels. Wurster booked the first show by legendary joke punkers The Dead Milkmen which took place at the Lower Salford Youth Association in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. He is name-checked in the Milkmen song "Stuart" ("Y'know that Johnny Wurster kid? The kid that delivers papers in the neighborhood…?") from their 1988 album, Beelzebubba. In the mid-80s Wurster played in The Right Profile, a roots rock band from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The band was signed to Arista Records and was co-founded by Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner. Wurster is one half of the radio comedy team Scharpling and Wurster.


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