The Fabulous Thunderbirds review…October 11, 2016…

THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS

STRONG LIKE THAT

SEVERN CD  0067

(I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU (FEAT. ROOSEVELT COLLIER AND WES WATKINS)–DON’T BURN ME (FEAT. ANSON FUNDERBURGH)–YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME–DROWNING ON DRY LAND–SMOOTH–SOMEBODY’S GETTIN’ IT–MEET ME ON THE CORNER–WHERE’S YOUR LOVE BEEN?–I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO)–STRONG LIKE THAT

A new set from Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds is always cause for celebration, and the good folks at Severn Records have just released “Strong Like That,” a smooth ten-pack of originals and covers that are heavy on the blues-mixed-with-soul that these fellows have been playing for decades.  Along for the ride are the Severn “house band,” if you will, including Johnny Moeller on guitar, Kevin Anker on keys, Steve Gomes on bass, and Robb Stupka on drums.

Staccato harp bursts open the show, as Kim dives into the Motown classic, “(I Know) I’m Losing You,” before getting into a spirited harp-steel guitar duel at the break with Roosevelt Collier.  Anson Funderburgh adds guitar on the soulful nugget, “here’s my heart, take it apart, but Don’t Burn Me.”  It has a sweet, Johnnie Taylor-ish Stax vibe, and Kim brings that same funky feel to Taylor’s “Somebody’s Gettin’ It!”  Kim closes the set with some fine harp leading the way on the title cut, where he stands tall no matter what people might say or think about him, because, “I’m Strong Like That.”

We had two favorites, too.  One of Kim’s originals is a vibrant, breezy ode to classic soul, with a groove that goes  down like a shot of Jack Daniels.  It’s a life lesson for everyone–things go better when you strive to keep things “Smooth–life ain’t nothin’ but a groove!”  And, the Chicago blues Meet Me At The Corner” is the closest cut to vintage T’Birds, as Kim tries to keep his “two chicks” from finding out about each other.

“Strong Like That” balances deep blues and passionate, soulful cuts just beggin’ to be danced to.  Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds are always good for a sho’ nuff good time!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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