Kim Wilson

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Kim Wilson
Wilson performing in 1996
Background information
Born (1951-01-06) January 6, 1951 (age 64)
Detroit, Michigan
United States
Genres Blues
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, harmonica
Labels Severn Records
Associated acts The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson Blues Revue

Kim Wilson (born January 6, 1951) is an American blues singer and harmonica player. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman for The Fabulous Thunderbirds on two hit songs of the 1980s; "Tuff Enuff",[1] and "Wrap It Up."


Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1951,[2] but he grew up in Goleta, California, where he sometimes went by the stage name of "Goleta Slim." He started with the blues in the late 1960s and was tutored by people like Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Albert Collins, George "Harmonica" Smith, Luther Tucker and Pee Wee Crayton and was influenced by harmonica players like Little Walter, James Cotton, Big Walter Horton, Slim Harpo and Lazy Lester. Before he moved to Austin, Texas in 1974, he was the leader of the band Aces, Straights and Shuffles in Minneapolis, Minnesota; this band released one single. In Austin he formed The Fabulous Thunderbirds with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, and they became the house band at the blues club, Antone's, owned by Clifford Antone. Muddy Waters called Wilson, "The greatest harmonica player since Little Walter".[citation needed]

Wilson continues to perform up to 300 concert dates per year at blues music festivals and clubs all over the world, both as leader of The Fabulous Thunderbirds and with the Kim Wilson Blues Allstars.

His powerful style of blues harp playing has been described as "loaded with the textures of a full-blown horn section."[3]


Performing in San Diego 2007


  • Tigerman (1993)
  • That's Life (1994)
  • My Blues (1997)
  • Smokin' Joint (2001)
  • Looking for Trouble (2003)
  • My Blues Sessions: Kim's Mix, Volume I (2006)



  1. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 110. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Gallo, Phil (6 April 1998). "Kim Wilson's Blues Revue". 

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