Muddy Waters Tribute

“You released a Muddy Waters tribute album with his son. Was there any trepidation in trying to tackle these classic tunes?”

Well, the hard part was just winging it and not knocking off the original parts. And that’s what we did, especially me. Mud, he’s kind of had to sing like his dad, but he still used his own phrasing. He doesn’t really sound that much like his dad.

But the traditional music, just like jazz is, it’s always improvised. Always. So if you’re doing anything else but improvising, there’s no sense in making a record like that. Cause everybody’s gonna go, “I want to hear the original. I don’t want to hear a guy try and knock off the original.” All of the original tracks were totally improvised anyway.

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Influences

We learned from everybody we played with. Hanging out with guitarists like Steve Cropper of Booker T & The MGs, all these things rub off on you. – Kim

 

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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Singing

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

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Drowning On Dry Land

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

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Legacy

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

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