fabulousthunderbirds2008front.jpgOswego, N.Y. - The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been a quintessential American band for over 30 years, and now they're bringing their distinctive and powerful sound to Harborfest. The Fabulous Thunderbirds will prepare everyone for the Entergy Nuclear Fireworks Spectacular with a pre-festival set and then follow the fireworks with a second musical set. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation. "Not only will Saturday be a special day and night at Harborfest with the addition of The Fabulous Thunderbirds," said Harborfest Executive Director Tom Van Schaack. "But the entire lineup of headliners we have put together I think will make this year's festival one to remember." In addition to The Fabulous Thunderbirds on Saturday night, The Little River Band (Thursday), Kansas (Friday), and the Ya'll American Country Tour featuring Doug Stone (Sunday) highlights the music on the NRG Lakeview Stage at this year's Harborfest. In addition to Wilson, the current Thunderbirds line-up features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and MikeKeller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass. "We started as a straight blues band", vocalist and harmonica player Wilson says. "We now incorporate a mixture of a lot of different styles. We're an American music band and we're much higher energy than we were before." The thread throughout the T-Birds career has been the respect the group commanded for its peerless musicianship and devotion to the sounds of blues, R & B and rock 'n roll. In fact, Muddy Waters called Wilson his favorite harmonica player and vocalist. "Muddy Waters was very good to me," Wilson says. "He almost adopted me. I'll never forget him." In 1979, The Fabulous Thunderbirds released their first self-titled album. Primarily blues influenced, it became a cult classic. "Things were wide open back then," Wilson recalls. "There were hundreds of stages where bands could show what they had." In subsequent releases, the band started to incorporate more Cajun, rock 'n roll and soul influences. The album "T-Bird Rhythm" marked a creative turning point for the group as it collaborated with noted producer Nick Lowe. In 1986, The Fabulous Thunderbirds reached a commercial peak with the album, "Tuff Enuff". The single of the same title as well as the singles "Wrap It Up" and "Look At That", all went top 40. The song, "Tuff Enuff" was featured in the film "Gung Ho" starring Michael Keaton. For the remainder of the '80s, the band continued to record and tour, and released the album, "Powerful Stuff". Jimmie Vaughn left in 1989 but Wilson kept the group going, incorporating keyboards into the guitar-driven sound. Kim moved back to California in 1996, continuing to cultivate the T-Birds music. "The thing about the T-Birds is that we can play both blues festival and rock venues," Wilson comments. "We're a diversified band now and everybody's on the same page." Saturday's lineup on the NRG Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park prior to The Fabulous Thunderbirds begins at 4 PM with The 42nd Infantry Division Band and The Jody Raffoul Band at 6 PM. Harborfest 2010, an admission-free festival, is scheduled for July 22-25 in Oswego, NY.


Contact: Tom Van Schaack, Executive Director Phone: (315) 343-6858 tvanschaack@oswegoharborfest.com