The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Austin Music Hall (Austin, TX)

May 25, 1987

  • play
  • add
  • favorite
  1. 1 Introduction 00:32
  2. 2 Hot Number 04:14
  3. 3 Interlude 01:27
  4. 4 Why Get Up 04:16
  5. 5 Interlude 00:46
  6. 6 Pretty Baby 05:03
  7. 7 Fine, Fine, Fine 03:07
  8. 8 Wrap It Up 03:23
  9. 9 Full Time Lover 10:01
  10. 10 Amnesia 04:20
  11. 11 Two Time My Lovin' 04:26
  12. 12 My Babe 05:09
  13. 13 She's Tough 06:30
  14. 14 Interlude 00:42
  15. 15 Stand Back 03:42
  16. 16 Streets Of Gold 04:22
  17. 17 Crowd 00:55
  18. 18 Wasted Tears 04:38
  19. 19 Sofa Circuit 04:10
  20. 20 Look At That, Look At That 05:11
  21. 21 Interlude 00:35
  22. 22 Tuff Enuff 04:22
  23. 23 Interlude / Bonnie Raitt Introduction 01:59
  24. 24 Man Size Job 04:47
  25. 25 Interlude 00:40
  26. 26 I Believe I'm In Love 04:45
  27. 27 Interlude 02:24
  28. 28 I Hear You Knockin' 04:53
  29. 29 Stagger Lee 04:59
  30. 30 Interlude 01:53
  31. 31 The Crawl 06:21
More The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Fran Cristina - drums
Preston Hubbard - bass
Jimmie Vaughan - guitar, vocals
Kim Wilson - vocals, harmonica
Chuck Leavell - keyboards
Duke Robillard - guitar
Guest: Bonnie Raitt
Guest: Dave Edmunds
Guest: Nick Lowe
Guest: Robert Cray

This exceptionally lengthy show features not only The Fabulous Thunderbirds in their musical prime, but showcases a number of amazing covers and guests. Recorded during a special concert featuring Robert Cray as the opening act, this legendary radio concert features a wealth of great guest stars including Cray, former Rockpile members Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe, and current queen of contemporary blues, Bonnie Raitt.

Originally formed in 1974 by Jimmie Vaughan and Kim Wilson, the group quickly established itself as one of the premiere bands on the U.S. blues bar circuit. They recorded initially for Takoma records and eventually Chrysalis, and were one of the first bands to break out of the Texas blues circuit and cross over to a more mainstream audience. Much of that success came in 1986, when, four years after being dropped by Chrysalis, they convinced Epic Records to sign them and bring in producer Dave Edmunds, a star in his own right. Edmunds had successfully transformed the Stray Cats into MTV superstars just years earlier.

The result was Tuff Enuff, the hit album and single that provided other follow up hits such as their version of Sam & Dave's "Wrap It Up." This recording was made while the band was touring behind the follow-up to Tuff Enuff, which was dubbed Hot Number. Most of the songs played by the T-Birds came from those two albums, although there are some choice covers.

After they play "Tuff Enuff," the show continues with an all star jam session that begins with a smoking-hot version of "Man Size Job" sung by Bonnie Raitt ( who also contributes, "I Believe In Love"). Next up, Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds take the stage, and forthwith deliver powerful versions of "I Hear You Knockin'" and the Lloyd Price classic, "Stagger Lee." The show ends with Robert Cray joining them onstage for a rock/blues version of "The Crawl."