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The Santa Barbara Blues Society Presents
Kim Wilson

Opening the show will be the winners of the SBBS Battle of the Blues Bands, The Paradise Kings, starting at 7:15 PM.

November 18, 2017 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Carrillo Recreation Center

For nearly three decades, Kim Wilson has been the voice and soul of the Texas band The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He’s also an accomplished solo recording artist, and in the minds of many people, the greatest harmonica player performing today. His new CD is entitled Blues and Boogie, Vol. 1.

In 1970, he decided to drop out of college to play the blues full time, learning the ropes from such San Francisco Bay Area blues musicians as Charlie Musselwhite, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Rhodes. In the mid-1970s he moved to Austin, where he met Jimmie Vaughan, with whom he co-founded The Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1974.

Although Wilson has often been compared to legendary harmonica player Little Walter, he calls the analogy “sacrilegious.” He says his biggest influence was Muddy Waters, whom he befriended after moving to Austin. Although he acknowledges the influence of many great blues harmonica musicians, he calls his own playing a “very modern” take on a traditional music form that is thoroughly his own.

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Paradise KingsThe Santa Barbara Blues Society (SBBS) is a proud Affiliate of The Blues Foundation, the largest blues music organization in the world, and is once again sending local musicians to the International Blues Challenge (IBC).  The IBC is held annually in Memphis, TN, along historic Beale Street.  This year’s local winning band, Paradise Kings, will be representing SBBS at the IBC in January 2018. As part of our Blues for Youth program, the SBBS along with Notes for Notes, on-profit organization dedicated to providing youth with free access to musical instruments, instruction, and recording studio environments, will also be sponsoring for the first time a youth band, East Valley Road, in the IBC Youth Showcase on January 19, 2018.

2017 Battle of the Blues Bands judgesOur local Battle of the Blues Bands, held on October 1, 2017, at the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara, provided enjoyable entertainment for a huge crowd. The judges were all notable blues musicians: Fred Kaplan, Carl Sonny Leyland, Jim Pugh, Don Holm, and Al Blake; they were given a difficult task in selecting a band to represent us in Memphis. The talented local bands vying were: Mo’ Betta’ Blues, Alastair Greene Band, Jumpin’ Blue, Pacific Coast Blues, Special When Lit, Rent Party Blues, and Paradise Kings. Youth blues band, East Valley Road, played a bonus set at the end of the Battle, while the judges’ scoring was tallied.

Thank you all who attended, the participating bands, judges, SBBS members, the Carriage and Western Art Museum, Don Paco Mexican Food, Firestone Brewery, Carr Winery, SB Drum Lab, DSR Audio, and volunteers.

The Santa Barbara Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating and preserving Americas unique musical contribution to the world – the Blues. We are the oldest blues society in the United States. We present concerts every other month that feature all types of blues musicians giving them a venue to utilize their talent. The Blues Society also gives yearly scholarships to students in the Santa Barbara area so they can pursue their education in this important style of music.

We are constantly seeking volunteers to assist us in this endeavor. If you are interested please contact us or call us at (805) 886-9862.

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