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Wilson performing in 1996
January 6, 1951 |
|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", and "Wrap It Up."
Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1951, 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".
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."
- 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)
- Kid Ramos - Kid Ramos - 1999
- James Cotton - & Friends
- Bonnie Raitt - Road Tested - 1995
- Big Jack Johnson - The Memphis Barbecue Sessions - 2002
- JW-Jones - Bogart's Bounce (guest) 2002 / My Kind of Evil (producer/guest) 2004
- Wentus Blues Band - Family Album - 2004, Bluelight Records
- Barrelhouse Chuck - Got My Eyes On You - 2007
- Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie Vaughan - Jimmy Reed Highway - 2007
- Louisiana Red - Back to the Black Bayou - 2008, Ruf Records
- Elvin Bishop - The Blues Rolls On - 2008
- Clapton - 2010, Reprise
- Mark Knopfler - Privateering - 2012
- 2009 Interview Bluesinlondon Magazine
- Example of Kim Wilson's harp-work on YouTube, accompanied by Gene Taylor
- Wilson's biography on the Fabulous Thunderbirds website