On the Verge

On the Verge

by The Fabulous Thunderbirds


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On the Verge

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2013
Label: Severn
UPC: 0649435005824
catalogNumber: 58

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
David Earl   Producer,Engineer
John Monforte   Engineer
Kenny Rittenhouse   Horn Arrangements
Kevin Anker   Producer
Misato Otake   Cover Art
Frank Bermudes   Composer

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