Fabulous Thunderbirds – Live


Greasy vocals and harp, on-the-money blues guitar, great tunes, and an audience just waiting to be entertained. That’s what this CD is. Put it in the player and try not to move around. I dare you.

I’ve heard people question Kim Wilson and the T-Birds “authenticity,” but that’s just plain stupid. And one listen to this will prove it. “Wait On time” kicks things off with its nice shuffle feel and the sting of Kid Ramos’ guitar. The nice thing about playing with the T-Birds, is that Ramos gets to show off a nasty rock and roll side that we don’t always get to see on his bluesier solo efforts. Yes, it’s definitely blues-influenced, but it rocks a little more. In fact, the band in general rocks a lot for a “blues” band.

There’s a ton of great songs here. From killer covers of “The Things I Used To Do,” “The Hustle Is On,” and “Early Every Morning” to T-Bird hits like “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up,” the boys really sparkle. Ramos is as good as it gets for this kind of thing. A dash of T-Bone, a pinch of early Clapton, and his own soul-drenched playing add up to the perfect guy for this band. And Kim Wilson’s swagger, singing, and harp, along with a killer rhythm section, make this as much fun as you can find on a disc.

This article originally appeared in VG‘s April ’02 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.

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