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Fabulous Thunderbirds' Kim Wilson is happy to still have the blues

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The Fabulous Thunderbirds' Kim Wilson is a Detroit by birth -- and, for awhile, by choice, living in the Oxford area during the 90s and 00s.

And though the singer and harmonica player is living in southern California now -- "At my age the weather is very important," he notes -- Wilson still has mostly fond feelings and memories from his time in these parts.

"I enjoyed Michigan," Wilson, 64, says by phone from his home near Laguna Beach. "It's my home state, and I realized it was probably kind of like steak -- not really good for me, but it agrees with me.

"But I'm really Californian. My dad, who was with GM, picked up and took us out here in 1960, so of course I love California. I've been living here since I was nine, and where I am now the weather is perfect all the time, so it works."

Then again, Wilson can make music most anywhere -- as he did in Texas when the Fabulous Thunderbirds started during the mid 70s. These days he still fronts the band and maintains a solo career, which will include a new album that he recently finished and is due out during 2016.

"It's by far the best record I've ever made," Wilson reports. "It's a modern-produced record -- modern by my standards, anyway. The tracks sound fantastic and the mix is really good. There's one track called 'Smooth' which is kind of self-explanatory and autobiographical, 'cause that's the way I want things, very smooth.

"So I'm really happy with it. Now it's just a matter of getting it out so people will hear it."

Wilson is planning a Thunderbirds album to follow his release, which he'll approach with a different kind of attitude.

"The Thunderbirds is where I make my living, and the (solo) thing is just for fun, basically," Wilson explains. "I love (the Thunderbirds), of course, and the blues stuff is really where I live. I've dabbled in contemporary music -- depending on what your definition of contemporary is -- and been successful at it, so I know I can do that.

"But the blues stuff is something I love deeply, and I'm never gonna stop doing it. I think that I've gotten better at it -- which is good, I guess. You're not supposed to get worse, right?"

Kim Wilson with the Steve Nardella Band

9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13

Boo's inside Mr. B's, 215 S. Main St.

Tickets are $30 general admission, $50 VIP.

Call 248-399-0017 or visit mrbspub.com.

Web Site: www.mrbspub.com

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