Ever since they came roaring out of Austin, Texas, the Fabulous Thunderbirds have inspired a whole generation of music lovers and roots-rock musicians. Original co-founder Kim Wilson spearheads this quintessential American band in its current hard-hitting lineup, featuring Wilson's signature vocals and harmonica, rising stars Kirk Fletcher and Nick Curran on guitars, and veteran T-Birds Jimi Bott on drums, Ronnie James Weber on bass, and Gene Taylor on keyboards.
Produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin and Kim Wilson, Painted On
holds a few surprises, including eight brand-new compositions, a reworked Waylon Jennings song, a pure soul ballad, and vocal duets with guitarist Nick Curran and special guest Rachel Nagy of the Detroit Cobras. The title track (and first single) is a soulful rocker with a memorable hook that has "future T-Birds classic" written all over it. The songs draw from a variety of styles and influences, but they are all built solidly around the deep and unmistakable T-Birds groove.