Kim Wilson

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Kim Wilson (1996)

Kim Wilson (born January 6, 1951 in Detroit) is an American blues rock singer and harmonica player, best known as a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Wilson grew up in California as the son of two radio pop singers. He took guitar and trombone lessons as a child. It wasn’t until he was a senior in high school that he became passionate about blues. He began playing blues professionally in 1970, taught to play harmonica by several blues musicians he was playing with at the time. Among the musicians he worked with in the 1970s were Eddie Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Rhodes, and eventually Muddy Waters. In the meantime Wilson had moved to Austin, where he met Jimmie Vaughan, with whom he formed the Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1977.

In addition to his work with the T-Birds, Wilson began releasing solo records in the early 1990s. His solo debut, Tigerman, was released in 1993 and featured only three of his own compositions as well as several old blues classics, including Tampa Red, Roosevelt Sykes and Lonnie Johnson. The 1994 follow-up album That’s Life also features only three original songs. In addition to several publications with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and a few more solo albums, Wilson performed regularly with Bonnie Raitt in the 1990s.

Discography (solo only)

  • Tigerman (1993)
  • That’s Life (1994)
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1997)
  • My Blues (1997)
  • Smokin’ Joint (2001)
  • Lookin’ for Trouble (2003)