Words and Photos by Tom Apathy

For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up”. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.

The current line up of Kim Wilson – lead vocals, harmonica, Johnny Moeller – guitar, Bob Welsh – piano / guitar, Rudy Albin – drums and Steve Kirsty – bass lead a rocking evening of tight raucious music highlighted by a great harmonica solo by Kim. Had the crowd on their feet.

Set list included:

My Babe (Ron Holden cover)

Love With a Feeling (Tampa Red cover)

Wrap It Up (Sam & Dave cover)

She’s Tough (Jerry “Boogie” McCain cover)

Scratch My Back (Slim Harpo cover)

Sittin Here Waiting In

Black Night (Charles Brown cover)

I’m a Good Man (If You Give Me a Chance)

Rock This Place (Jerry Lynn Williams cover)

Tough Enough

Twist of the Knife

Photos from live show at The Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio on February 4th