KIM WILSON BIOGRAPHY
Kim Wilson is a U.S. blues singer and harmonica player. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman for the The Fabulous Thunderbirds on two hit songs of the 1980s; “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up”.
Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1951, and grew up in Goleta, California. He started with the blues in the late 1960s and was tutored by Los Angeles bluesmen like George “Harmonica” Smith, Luther Tucker and Pee Wee Crayton, and was influenced by swamp blues harmonica players like Slim Harpo and Lazy Lester. Before he moved to Austin, Texas in 1974, he was the leader of a band in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In Austin he formed The Fabulous Thunderbirds with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.
Kim Wilson post Jimmie Vaughan
Wilson continues to perform up to 300 dates per year at blues festivals and clubs in America, Canada, and Europe, both as leader of The Fabulous Thunderbirds and with the Kim Wilson Blues Revue.
His powerful style of blues harp playing has been described as “loaded with the textures of a full-blown horn section.” Muddy Waters called Wilson, “The greatest harmonica player to come along since Little Walter.”
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