Kim Wilson

Biography

In the late '70s and with his base in Austin, Texas, Kim Wilson and his band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, became prominent in the whole country. With his authoritative singing and peerless instrumental virtuosity he elates und inspires his fans as well as musicians around the world.

Born in Detroit in 1951, he grew up in California and fell under the sway of the blues in the late '60s by being inspired of people like George Smith, Luther Tucker and Peewee Crayton. After a brief time leading a band of his own around the Minneapolis area, he moved to Austin, Texas in 1974 and formed The Fabulous Thunderbirds with guitarist Jimmy Vaughan. They played with virtually all the stars in the blues firmament - Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Eddy Taylor, Big Walter Horton, Buddy Guy and many others, and the word soon spread that there was a band down in Austin that was laying down some of the toughest blues ever heard. Muddy Waters called Kim "the greatest harmonica player to come along since Little Walter". The Thunderbirds began recording and touring around the country and still keep up their activities to this day with a number of personnel changes over the years. The one constant has been the dynamic presence of Kim Wilson out front.

In the last few years, Kim began establishing a dual track for his career: one that would allow him to showcase his skills in a more purely traditional blues setting and give him an opportunity to stretch out instrumentally. In addition to his own projects, he contributes to the recordings of artists like Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana and many others. He has gathered Grammy nominations for both his worldwide R&B hit "Tuff Enuff" and his instrumental tour de force "Down at Antone's."

A true road warrior, Kim thrives on a touring schedule that approaches 300 days a year as he brings his music to fans worldwide, from the most prestigious music festivals around the globe to the kinds of funky clubs in which his talents were originally forged. He enjoys them all.

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