III Bilbao Blues Award


Kim Wilson, legendary frontman

The immense Kim Wilson (Detroit, 1951), the only original member of the group, will receive the III Bilbao Blues Festival Award for his career. Singer and harmonica virtuoso, he began playing the instrument at the age of 17, influenced by masters such as Little Walter, George “Harmonica” Smith, Lazy Lester and James Cotton.

A true vocalist and tireless frontman, Wilson has led The Fabulous Thunderbirds through the years, remaining faithful to the sounds of blues, rhythm and blues and rock and roll and knowing how to evolve over the years. Such luminaries of the genre as Muddy Waters have recognised his enormous talent, referring to him as “the greatest harmonica player since Little Walker”. In 2016 he was honoured with an award at the prestigious Blues Music Awards in the “Instrumentalist-Harmonica” category. He has also been nominated five times for Grammy Awards. The Detroit native continues to play nearly 300 concerts a year, both at festivals and blues clubs around the world, both as the leader of the Fabolous Thunderbids and with the Blues Allstars.