Painted On

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Tone Cool
  • UPC: 699675163327
  • Catalog Number: 51633

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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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