Covering A Lot Of Bases

With the Thunderbirds, everybody in that band has to cover a lot of bases musically. They’ve got to be able to play rock and roll. They’ve got to be able to play R&B and soul. They’ve got to be able to play blues. And they have to be able to do it in their own voice. With the Thunderbirds there is so much different Americana going on and maybe a lot of blending of different music, as in Blues and R&B. – Kim

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Go With What You Have At The Time

Singing is something where you go with what you have at the time. If you’re a little hoarse, you go with that. If you’re not hitting the high notes, you stay away from the high notes. You just do whatever you do to move people. – Kim

Band Members

“What do you look for in a band member?”

Kim: You have to be able to do a lot of things. If you’re going to be playing blues, you have to have your own take on it and you have to be able to do it really well.

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Defining The Band

We’re very blues based. I think in the 80s we started employing some other types of music in there. There was always the old time rock and roll stuff a la Chuck Berry and Lonnie Brooks, who used to be Guitar Junior. Rockin’ Sidney was another one that we copped a lot of songs from.

Then we got into song like “Wrap It Up”, “How Do You Spell love” and things like that, which were a little more R&B.

I’m a little more of an R&B singer than I once was. But it’s really very blues based. As far as defining the band, you could probably say we’re a blues band that plays rock n roll. – Kim

Americana

Soul and rock ‘n’ roll and blues really go together. Even country. You can call it Americana, which is what this band has existed on all these years. – Kim

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Different Voices

I’ve been accused of having five different voices just because my voice is in different stages all the time. – Kim