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Painted On
     

Painted On

by The Fabulous Thunderbirds
 
Since the departure of founding guitarist Jimmie Vaughan in the early '90s, Texas blues-rock icons the Fabulous Thunderbirds have largely been the showcase for lead vocalist/harmonica man Kim Wilson. However, with the conscription of time-traveling blues pimp powerhouse guitarist/vocalist Nick Curran, Wilson has finally put together an ensemble truly worthy of the

Overview

Since the departure of founding guitarist Jimmie Vaughan in the early '90s, Texas blues-rock icons the Fabulous Thunderbirds have largely been the showcase for lead vocalist/harmonica man Kim Wilson. However, with the conscription of time-traveling blues pimp powerhouse guitarist/vocalist Nick Curran, Wilson has finally put together an ensemble truly worthy of the Fabulous Thunderbirds moniker. Curran, a former rockabilly wunderkind with retro-vamp Kim Lenz and avowed Vaughan acolyte -- the former Thunderbird even made a torch-passing appearance on Curran's 2003 Blind Pig release Doctor Velvet -- has of late been a party to his own authentic brand of jump blues, '50s rockin' swing, and garage rock iconoclasm. Ironically, while promoting his 2004 Blind Pig blues nugget Player!, Curran parted ways with his longtime rhythm section including ex-Fabulous Thunderbird bassist Preston Hubbard only to then join up with Wilson. As a fan, one could only be left perplexed at Curran's hasty move, but also curious as to what this would do to the sound of the Thunderbirds. The answer is Painted On, the fifth Thunderbirds album since Vaughan left and the one to come the closest to recapturing the original lineup's fire and bravado. Centered around the gritty, distorted garage rock vibe of the title track, the album is a mix of classic Thunderbirds touchstones including catchy Tex-Mex rockabilly-style numbers like "Two-Time Fool," danceably funky New Orleans R&B workouts including Earl King's "Feeling My Way Around," and of course volcanic blues-rock brought full tilt via such originals as "Got to Get Out" and the gut-pounding "Rock Candy." Fans of Curran will be glad to find that, more than just a hired gun, he gets to grab the spotlight with his own shuffle blues "You Torture Me." However, it is not just Curran who adds life to the album. On the contrary, longtime Thunderbirds pianist "Uncle" Gene Taylor, bumptastic bassist Ronnie James Weber, and Portland percussion dynamo drummer Jimi Bott bring a seriously groovy rhythm section vibe to the album. Then you have guitarist Kirk Eli Fletcher, who matches Curran note bend for bend as one of the most low-down blues slingers of his generation. Throw in a guest vocal spot from Detroit Cobras vocalist Rachel Nagy, who pairs up with Wilson for the Wilson Pickett-worthy "Love Speaks Louder Than Words," and you don't just have the best Fabulous Thunderbirds album in years, but also one of the best blues albums of the year.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2005
Label:
Tone Cool
UPC:
0699675163327
catalogNumber:
51633

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fabulous Thunderbirds   Primary Artist
Gene Taylor   Piano,Keyboards,Group Member
Kim Wilson   Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Steve Berlin   Percussion,Horn,Keyboards
Jimi Bott   Drums,Group Member
Lon Price   Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie James Weber   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Brian Swartz   Trumpet
Nick Curran   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Rachel Nagy   Vocals
Terry Landry   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Kim Wilson   Producer,Audio Production
Steve Berlin   Producer,Audio Production
Dave McNair   Engineer
G. Nicholson   Composer
Richard Rosenblatt   Executive Producer
Doug Chappell   Stage Manager
Jim Vollentine   Engineer
Steven Thomas   Stage Technician
M.J. Henderson   Composer
Amanda Taylor   Concept,Cover Design

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