On the Verge

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that a band so often defined by its guitarists takes on a different character once the lead singer -- the only constant in the group since its beginnings in the mid-'70s -- definitively asserts his status as the band's leader, yet the change within the Fabulous Thunderbirds that can be heard on On the Verge, their 12th official studio album, is striking. The last time the Thunderbirds released a studio album was in 2005, during a stint when the great Austin guitarist Nick Curran was the sparring partner of vocalist and T-Bird linchpin Kim Wilson. In 2013, guitarists Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller, talented axemen both, now ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that a band so often defined by its guitarists takes on a different character once the lead singer -- the only constant in the group since its beginnings in the mid-'70s -- definitively asserts his status as the band's leader, yet the change within the Fabulous Thunderbirds that can be heard on On the Verge, their 12th official studio album, is striking. The last time the Thunderbirds released a studio album was in 2005, during a stint when the great Austin guitarist Nick Curran was the sparring partner of vocalist and T-Bird linchpin Kim Wilson. In 2013, guitarists Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller, talented axemen both, now support Wilson and they do get a chance to flaunt their gifts on On the Verge, but the focus is firmly on songs and rhythm. It is surely a soul-blues album, often copping the cool, relaxed Memphis groove and reaching down to the gritty funk of Muscle Shoals. This not only gives Wilson room to stretch vocally -- he's supple and sensitive on "Lovin' Time" -- but this means On the Verge is a richer, fuller album than many latter-day Thunderbirds albums, because this isn't just dedicated to slow, swaying seduction, there are wah-wah-fueled workouts, a bit of social protest, some jazzy flourishes, and, yes, a bit of the Texas blues that the T-Birds call their own. But what's striking about On the Verge isn't just the versatility, it's the ease: Kim Wilson doesn't sound desperate to stretch out; he's merely comfortable leading his band toward all the soulful sounds he's loved. The result is a thoroughly satisfying album, a long-delayed but very welcome flipside to the rollicking Painted On.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2013
  • Label: Severn
  • UPC: 649435005824
  • Catalog Number: 58
  • Sales rank: 35,145

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fabulous Thunderbirds Primary Artist
Kim Wilson Harmonica, Vocals
Johnny Moeller Guitar
Liesl Whitaker Trumpet
Mark Merella Percussion
Randy Bermudes Bass
Mike Keller Guitar
Kenny Rittenhouse Trumpet
Christal Rheams Background Vocals
Caleb Green Background Vocals
Morgan Price Saxophone
Kevin Anker Keyboards
Paige Martin Background Vocals
Victor Barranco Trombone
Jason Moeller Drums
Daryl Duff Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Kim Wilson Composer, Producer
Steve Gomes Composer, Producer
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
David Earl Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
John Monforte Engineer
Kenny Rittenhouse Horn Arrangements
Kevin Anker Producer, Digital Editing
Misato Otake Cover Art
Frank Bermudes Composer
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