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
We’re playing Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, Maryland on March 25! BUY TICKETS
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
“Drowning On Dry Land” – I was sick as a dog when I sang that and we pretty much kept the whole live vocal. That was kind of surprising.
But it doesn’t surprise me that the guys are playing their asses off. I just had to get in there and match up to them. Because those guys are all great musicians and I knew that they were going to perform it. – Kim
We’re playing Friday, March 23, at the Infinity Music Hall and Bistro in Hartford, CT! BUY TICKETS
It’s not just about making a hit right now, making a few dollars right now, make a lot of dollars right now. It’s about people leaving a stamp that a lot of people are going to remember. – Kim
“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.
Let’s say you get a guy who’s a pretty good blues player. Well, pretty good isn’t good enough. You have to be really good. It’s got to be great. That’s the first step right there.
But then you have to know all this other stuff. You have to know rock ‘n’ roll. You have to know R&B. You have to know how to write.
And of course, like I said before, you have to have your own take on things. If it’s going to sound like someone else, it’s not going to be good for anybody.
And you have to be very, very proficient at your instrument on top of that.
On March 21 we are playing the Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington DC! BUY TICKETS
Fabulous Thunderbirds Featuring Kim Wilson Perform at SPACE in Evanston, IL.