Saturday 10 June 2017
For more than 40 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been a force to be reckoned with on the blues scene. Their distinctive and powerful sound is influenced by a diversity of musical genres besides blues, such as cajun, rock, and soul. The American band still tours extensively through the United States as well as Europe. Though the band saw its line-up change frequently during their existence, one bandmember always stayed put: singer and harmonia player Kim Wilson. He started playing his instrument at age 17 and began singing soon after. Wilson was influenced by artists such as Little Walter, B.B. King, and Muddy Waters; the latter even called Wilson his all-time favorite harmonica player and singer. When Wilson moved to Austin, Texas in 1976, he met guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, with whom he founded The Fabulous Thunderbirds, though Vaughan hasn’t been part of the band since the late eighties. These days, the ‘T-Birds’ have put no less than sixteen albums to their name and scored hits with songs like Tuff Enuff and Wrap It Up. Last year saw the release of their latest album, Strong Like That, considered one of their best by many.