Keith Ferguson (musician)
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (March 2012)|
Ferguson on bass
|Born||July 23, 1946|
|Died||April 29, 1997(aged 50)|
|Genres||Blues, blues-rock rock and roll, R&B|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass, guitar|
|Labels||Epic, CBS, Chrysalis|
|Associated acts||The Fabulous Thunderbirds|
Keith Ferguson (July 23, 1946 – April 29, 1997) was an American bass guitarist, best remembered as a member of the blues rock band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, based in Austin, Texas. Ferguson received several awards for his musicianship.
In 1974, Ferguson was a founding member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, along with vocalists Lou Ann Barton and Kim Wilson and guitarist Jimmie Vaughan. (Barton left soon after the group began.) The band had an initial large local following, but was unable to maintain a sustained following with commercially positive results. More than five years of being dropped by small and large record labels, with Chrysalis Records being the last in their initial period to drop the band, there was a hiatus of several years, during which time a re-shuffling of band members began to take place, and Ferguson was one of the first to leave.
Ferguson went on to become a member of the Tailgators along with Don Leady and Gary "Mudcat" Smith.
After the Tailgators broke up, Ferguson freelanced with a number of Austin blues bands on the 6 Street blues circuit.
Ferguson's official cause of death is listed as complications from liver failure.
With the Fabulous Thunderbirds
- 1979 Girls Go Wild
- 1980 What's the Word
- 1981 Butt Rockin' with The Fabulous Thunderbirds
- 1982 T-Bird Rhythm
- 2003 Thunderbirds Tacos Deluxe
With the Tailgators
With other artists
- 1983 Havana Moon with Carlos Santana
- 1983 Check This Action with LeRoi Brothers
- 2000 Theresa Andersson with Theresa Andersson
- 2003 Surrender with Debra Killings
- 1997: Austin Music Hall of Fame Inductee
- 1985: Austin Music Awards, Best Bass Guitar
- "Keith Ferguson, Legendary Austin Music Bassist". Travel Austin Texas. 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
- Texas Monthly - 10 1985 p 203 "Although the Fabulous T-Birds' original bassist Keith Ferguson left the fold last year, the tattooed, chinoed musician has been anything but inactive in the interim. Ferguson— who has always favored a fuzzy, pervasive bottom- blanketing rather .."
- "rock 'n' roll 'till the cows come home - direct from Austin, Texas, with Don Leady - Home". The Tailgators. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
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