Kim Wilson Of The Fabulous Thunderbirds (INTERVIEW)
Although harmonica player Kim Wilson
is very excited about his
new album with Mud Morganfield, a tribute to Mud's father Muddy Waters called For Pops, we have started talking about Howlin' Wolf with a joyful glee.
"Sam Phillips loved Howlin' Wolf," Wilson
"The Sun stuff is incredible with the Wolf.
I've got all of it.
Spending an hour chatting with Wilson, who brought the Fabulous Thunderbirds to life, is like sitting with a curator of an exotic museum.
admiration for the forefathers of the blues is clearly on his
sleeve and you can't stump his
So working with Muddy Waters' son Mud Morganfield should have been a no-brainer a long time ago.
But it took the president of their mutual record company to put this recording into motion and reaping the rewards are the lovers of blues music made by one of it's masters: Muddy Waters.
Celebrating the Mississippi bluesman's 100th birthday with a rerecording of some of his
best-loved songs by his
son and his
friend was about as natural as the blues itself.
"We never got a chance to play together [before this album] but I've known about Kim
and respected his
harp playing for years," Morganfield told me in a separate interview.
Wilson, born in Detroit but raised in California, grew up listening to the howl of Wolfman Jack from a station whose signal beamed out from Tijuana.
The music stuck with him and eventually Wilson
was doing some playing of his own, standing beside legends blowing out gems that harp players like Little Walter and James Cotton had done before him.
Forming the T-Birds with guitar player Jimmie Vaughan in the early seventies, scoring a few big hits along the way and opening for such superstars as the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, Wilson
has always remained a harp player at heart.
Shining with a lonesome wail on "Still A Fool" and "Just To Be With You" while adding a boogie woogie jive to "My Dog Can't Bark," Wilson
has done supreme justice to the music of Muddy Waters.
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