Have you ever been to a concert that was so phenomenal that you were tempted to call everyone in your phone book to hurry and be at this concert too? That is what Blues at the the Crossroads 2: Muddy & the Wolf was like last Wednesday at the Holland Center.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds led by the phenomenal Kim Wilson accompanied all these blues' legends. The FabulousThunderbirds proved that they can play any music amd that they truly are fabulous. Their expertise in adjusting to any performer with any music proved that they are true musicians who can play anything. With Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitars, Randy Bermudes on bass, and Kim Wilson as a vocalist, harmonica player, and leader, the Fabulous Thunderbirds demonstrated the difference between playing music and the experience of making something outstanding, music from the soul.
Tinsley Ellis, the legendary guitarist, strummed the blues with varying styles of the Bayou and the South. Bob Margolin, who actually played guitar with Muddy Waters back in the 1960s, showed his own style with his deep baritone voice in the Chicago blues style. Jody Williams continued with his unusual style of sliding on the guitar bridge. James Cotton truly enjoyed creating the blues on his harmonica and singing with his raspy voice.
Kim Wilson was everything, master of ceremonies, singer, harmonic player, he achieved a level of musicianship where he assisted in bringing the best out of each performer.
Added to that, all the performers were available during intermission and after the two and a half hour concert for autographs providing for their fans to buy special editions of CD’s not available anywhere else.
With this Blues on the Crossroads, the audience was predominantly older males who appreciated these gifted artists for the music that they created. No one was aware of the time as they were there to play and create music.
Unusual to any performing group was Kim Wilson's mastery of quietness. Yes, most people have been to a concert with the music blaring. Kim showed true musicianship by singing quietly without the microphone, being heard and understood, and having the audience appreciate this control and excellence in an unusual type of showmanship.
Also unusual were two harmonicas playing together with the full band but not dueling, complimenting and creating exciting and thrilling music.
I was thrilled with the first Blues at the Crossroads and amazed that this one was more outstanding. Blues at the Crossroads 2 proved that music surpasses all language and is truly a communication in itself.
Anytime any of these musicians, especially Kim Wilson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds are back in the area.
What is being planned for Blues at the Crossroads 3?