Artist Spotlight - Kim Wilson

01.04.2013

Kim Wilson combines elements of rock and roll, soul, and blues into a musical mélange that’s distinctly his own. On the latest release by his legendary band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds (On the Verge, Severn Records), Wilson and company present a collection of original material that’s both timeless and contemporary.



On The Verge, the new Fabulous Thunderbirds album

“It’s of a combination of a lot of different genres,” says Wilson. “There is some bluesy stuff on there, but there’s some soul-y stuff, and some stuff that defies genre. A lot of people might say that it’s very R&B/soul, and it’s not, really. There are some very soul-y tracks on it, but when you put my voice on there, it just turns into something totally different.”

“Over the years, I’ve found myself soaking up a lot of contemporary music just by being exposed to it. I don’t listen to the radio, but back in the day, that’s all I had. I went to bed with a transistor radio by my head every night – that’s how I went to sleep. I find that I have a lot of contemporary music in me; I just don’t know how it got there or how it comes out.”

Always moving forward, Wilson emphasizes the importance of a strong musical foundation.  “You can’t really make great music unless you’re well versed in the history of music. Over the years, as you get older, you get more in tune with yourself and more comfortable in your own skin; there were times in the old days when I thought I was, but I never really was. Probably five years ago is when it really started happening for me.”

Kim is quick to credit the current Thunderbirds lineup (guitarists Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller, bassist Randy Bermudes, and drummer Jason Moeller) for their contributions. “It’s all about people helping me,” he says. “They’re able to do what I need them to do in their own real creative way. Plus, they did add that soul/R&B kind of vibe to the whole deal and that’s really helped me a lot as far as being a vocalist.”

You can’t really make great music unless you’re well versed in the history of music. Over the years, as you get older, you get more in tune with yourself and more comfortable in your own skin

While Kim characterizes “On the Verge” as “very guitar driven, but not guitar solo driven,” his legendary harmonica virtuosity features prominently throughout the new cd. “As far as the harmonica goes, I’ve got more solo time than anybody on this record, but that’s just how it worked out; we just made the best record we could make. Why force the harmonica into something where it really doesn’t belong? You don’t want to take the instrument out of context.” “I love the harmonica. I live for the harmonica.”

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Tom Briggs, 10-04-13 13:09:
Can't wait to hear this new album!
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