The Fabulous Thunderbirds

The Fabulous Thunderbirds

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The Fabulous Thunderbirds are a blues-rock band, formed in 1974. Their original line up included guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, the older brother of the influential electrical blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. After performing for several years in the Austin, Texas blues scene, they earned a recording contract with Chrysalis Records and later signed to Arista. The first two albums released in 1979 and 1980 (with Keith Ferguson on bass and Mike Buck on drums), did not initially sell well, but are now regarded as successful white blues recordings. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Tuff Enuff
    Tuff Enuff
  • Portfolio
    Portfolio
  • Hot Stuff: The Greatest Hits
    Hot Stuff: The Greatest Hits
  • Girls Go Wild
    Girls Go Wild
  • Collection
    Collection
  • WALK THAT WALK, TALK THAT TALK
    WALK THAT WALK, TALK THAT TALK
  • Butt Rockin'
    Butt Rockin'
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds
    The Fabulous Thunderbirds
  • What's The Word?
    What's The Word?
  • Powerful Stuff
    Powerful Stuff
  • Tacos Deluxe
    Tacos Deluxe
  • Painted On
    Painted On
  • Hot Stuff - The Greatest Hits
    Hot Stuff - The Greatest Hits
  • HOT NUMBER
    HOT NUMBER
  • Roll of the Dice
    Roll of the Dice
  • T-Bird Rhythm
    T-Bird Rhythm
  • Wrap It Up
    Wrap It Up
  • Live
    Live
  • High Water
    High Water
  • The Essential Fabulous Thunderbirds Collection
    The Essential Fabulous Thunderbirds Collection
  • Extended Versions
    Extended Versions
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds / What's the Word
    The Fabulous Thunderbirds / What's the Word
  • The Best Of The Fabulous Thunderbirds
    The Best Of The Fabulous Thunderbirds
  • Best of the Fabulous Thunderbirds
    Best of the Fabulous Thunderbirds

The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Artist Bio

The Fabulous Thunderbirds are a blues-rock band, formed in 1974. Their original line up included guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, the older brother of the influential electrical blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. After performing for several years in the Austin, Texas blues scene, they earned a recording contract with Chrysalis Records and later signed to Arista. The first two albums released in 1979 and 1980 (with Keith Ferguson on bass and Mike Buck on drums), did not initially sell well, but are now regarded as successful white blues recordings. Their blues style mixed Texas blues with the harmonica-laced swamp blues sounds of Slim Harpo and Lazy Lester — both of whom the T-Birds covered. Their third album, Butt-Rockin', released in 1981, took the band closer to old rhythm and blues and added piano and brass section played by additional musicians.

The band broke into the mainstream in 1986 with Tuff Enuff. The single of the same name was featured in the Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster film Tough Guys, as was the follow-up single, "Wrap It Up". The band's music was also played in John Cusack's 1987 movie Hot Pursuit. The Fabulous Thunderbirds' next album, Hot Number, fell off the charts quickly and alienated many of the bands' long-time fans due to its slick pop-oriented sound. The band then began a long series of line-up changes and obscure, yet improved, albums throughout the 1990s. Drummer Mike Buck left the band in 1980 and guitarist Jimmie Vaughan left in 1990.

The current lineup includes original member Kim Wilson, guitarist/vocals Nick Curran, guitarist Kirk Flecther, Jimi Bott on drums, Ronnie James Weber on bass, and former Canned Heat member Gene Taylor on keyboards.

The official T-Birds website is at http://www.fabulousthunderbirds.com/

Alumni of the T-birds include:

  • Duke Robillard
  • Fran Cristina
  • Gene Taylor
  • Jimi Bott
  • Keith Ferguson
  • Kid Bangham
  • Kirk Fletcher
  • Mike Buck
  • Preston Hubbard
  • Richard Innes
  • Ronnie James Weber
  • Steve Hodges
  • Willie Campbell
  • Kid Ramos
  • Jimmie Vaughan
  • Nick Curran
  • Troy Gon



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