Produced by keyboardist Kevin Anker, David Earl, Steve Gomes and Kim Wilson, using cutting edge technology and a collaborative, free-flowing creative process, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have crafted a fresh sound, one that’s sure to satisfy diehard fans while bringing new blood into the fold of the band’s faithful legion.
Taking cues from unexpected influences like O.V. Wright (“Too Much Water”) and Junior Parker (“That’s the Way We Roll”), the T-Birds kick things off with "I Want to Believe", a driving number with a Lenny Kravitz-meets-Staple Singers vibe. "Lovin’ Time" has a Los Lonely Boys feel, while "Hold Me" melds classic rock with soul and reggae. Though the title may hint at a genre, don't let it fool you; "Runnin' From the Blues" is indeed about hardships though disguised as a pop number. "Got To Bring It With You" is a soulful rocker while the final track, "Lonely Highway" nods to the blues of the Stax tradition. "Do You Know Who I Am?" and "Diamonds Won't Kiss You Back" round out the all original 10-song offering.
Backing Wilson are veteran T-Birds guitarists Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller, plus bassist Randy Bermudes and Jason Moeller on drums. Co-producer/songwriter Kevin Anker guests on keyboards.
Wilson recently performed alongside Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, Jeff Beck, and Gary Clark Jr. during the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors paying tribute to legendary musical honoree Buddy Guy, in addition to Led Zeppelin.
Formed in 1974, deep in the blues scene of Austin, Texas, The Fabulous Thunderbirds steadily gained a fervent local fan base following years as a roadhouse attraction serving as a house band supporting touring blues musicians coming in and out of town. In 1979, the T-Birds released their self-titled debut and fast became one of the most in demand bands on the blues bar circuit. It wasn’t until four albums later, in 1986, that the band would achieve major success with the release their wildly popular, unexpected, crossover Tuff Enuff yielding the hit singles “Wrap It Up” alongside the ubiquitous title track. Both became long-running MTV and radio staples making Tuff Enuff a platinum-certified triumph. The group would go on to receive two Grammy nominations during that time, as well. Over the last three decades, the band has continued to tour and release albums, their last studio recording Painted On was released in 2005.