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Editors’ Notes

Eight years since their last commercially available studio album (2005's Painted On), The Fabulous Thunderbirds return with the most concise and focused album of their career. Though the brainchild of singer/harmonica player Kim Wilson, The T-Birds have also served as a launchpad or a steady gig for a number of notable guitarists, from Jimmy Vaughan to Duke Robillard to Nick Curran. In 2013, it's Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller providing the twin-guitar weave while Randy Bermudes and Jay Moeller handle the bass and drums, respectively. "Runnin' from the Blues" adds a touch of an island breeze to its danceable R&B grooves. "Diamonds Won't Kiss You Back" provides a touch of uptown horns. "I Want to Believe" throws a funky electric piano into the Memphis vibe. "Hold Me" works up a smooth Stax ballad. These experienced veterans know all the moves of Memphis, New Orleans, Texas, and Chicago. With this solid lineup of songs, everything comes together like an album by a great band should.

Customer Reviews


Nothing you haven't heard a thousand times before from a thousand other "blues" bands...and the whole thing, every single song, sounds like Kim Wilson is singing a half tone flat to the track...not to mention that he sounds like an old man with very little energy or passion. If this sells a thousand copies, they should consider themselves blessed.

Kim is a beast

Best album ever

What? No Kim harp licks??

Just can't get into the FB's without Kim laying down some tasty harp. I heard none in the samples, so only bought one tune from this. Kim must have kept his swatch of Little Walters wallet in his pocket when he recorded this rather than wiping his forehead with it for LW's blessing from beyond. Even Jim Liban would blow harp on his slower soulful stuff with Short Stuff back in Milwaukee (with Junior Brantley on keys before he went with the FT's for a stint) --such as one of the best covers of Let's Straighten It Out ever. Maybe someday those old Short Stuff recordings will be on ITunes and LIban will get the notoriety he so deserves?


Formed: 1974 in Austin, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With their fusion of blues, rock & roll, and R&B, the Fabulous Thunderbirds helped popularize roadhouse Texas blues with a mass audience in the '80s and, in the process, they helped kick-start a blues revival during the mid-'80s. During their heyday in the early '80s, they were the most popular attraction on the blues bar circuit, which eventually led to a breakthrough to the pop audience in 1986 with their fifth album, Tuff Enuff. The mass success didn't last too long, and founding member Jimmie...
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