Kim Wilson

Posted on Nov 15 by SEASONS Magazine

Kim Wilson, courtesy photo.

Kim Wilson, courtesy photo.


The Santa Barbara Blues Society Presents Kim Wilson on November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrillo Recreation Center. The night will feature barbecue snacks and a huge dance floor for dancing.

For almost three decades, Wilson has been the leading voice and soul behind the Texas band The Fabulous Thunderbirds. In his solo endeavors, he is an accomplished recording artist who many enthusiasts believe to be the greatest harmonica player performing today. His latest creation is an album entitled Lookin’ For Trouble.

Kim Wilson, courtesy photo.

Kim Wilson, courtesy photo.

Wilson dropped out of college in 1970 is give his passion for Blues his full attention. He dedicated serious time and effort to his craft and sought out mentors. He learned from San Francisco Bay Area Blues musicians like Charlie Musselwhite, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Rhodes. In the mid-1970s he moved to Austin, Texas where he met Jimmie Vaughan, the co-founder of The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Wilson has been compared to many, including the legendary harmonica player Little Walter. Wilson considers this analogy “sacrilegious” although many who laud his talents agree with the comparison. He states that his biggest influence was Muddy Waters, a musician which he also befriended after moving to Austin. He acknowledges the greats before him but insists that his playing is a very modern take on a traditional form that truly makes it his own.

For more information, visit or call 805/722-8155.

—Lauren Bennett



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