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"...The Fabulous ThunderbirdsGirls Go Wild! (Benchmark)The Fabulous ThunderbirdsWhat's the Word? (Benchmark)The Fabulous ThunderbirdsButt Rockin' (Benchmark)The Fabulous ThunderbirdsT-Bird Rhythm (Benchmark) Like a lot of people, I moved to Austin after the Fabulous Thunderbirds were pretty much confined to the garage, and harbor no nostalgia for thousands-strong Riverfest crowds or seeing them back up Muddy Waters at Antone's. Well ....."
"...My name is Preston Hubbard. From 1984-94, I played bass for the platinum-selling, multi-Grammy award-nominated Fabulous Thunderbirds..."
"...The newly formed Fabulous Thunderbirds began playing there regularly. A holdover band from the days of the One Knite, Paul Ray & the Cobras -- now sporting Stevie on lead guitar -- could pack Soap Creek every Tuesday and still command a weekend crowd at Antone's..."
"...Ferguson, 49, was the founding bass player of both the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Tail Gators, and played with a dozen Texas virtuosos in their formative years including Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Junior Brown. "He's a cracker's cracker," Ferguson says of his old boss Brown..."
"...Still, he matches O'Brien's ultra-cool style with a fiery spirit and determination, thrilled to be playing with the Monday Night Blues Band and grinning happily between songs. When O'Brien calls up singer Lou Ann Barton and Preston Hubbard, former bassist with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Duarte's smile brightens by a few hundred watts as the band slides into Slim Harpo's loping "Scratch My Back."..."
"...This Texan was ready to scoot and decided to strip it all back to nothing: a quartet without an ounce of extra on it. Of course, it would be called the Fabulous Thunderbirds...."
"...That downtown blackout was seven years ago, hot on the heels of the guitarist's first solo album, Strange Pleasure. Since that time, Vaughan has been through almost as many life changes as the previous five years, when he left the Fabulous Thunderbirds, got sober, and his brother Stevie was killed in a 1990 helicopter crash just before the debut of their one and only joint recording, Family Style...."
"...Doyle Bramhall II stays busy. Slipping in and out of multiple modes – producer, singer, songwriter, sideman – the Dallas-born guitarist, 47, began his journeyman's path as a rhythm stringer for the Fabulous Thunderbirds at the age of 18..."
"...Fabulous Thunderbirds (5/28/82)..."
"...Dressed in a white suit jacket that matched white eyeglass frames, Wertheimer was more guide than host on opening night, returning again and again to old pictures on the wall around a heart-shaped mirror. There reside photographs of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan, playing a small stage in a packed club on West 29th, where Texas French Bread is now...."
"...I met Margaret when I started working with the [Fabulous] Thunderbirds. She was 20, so I was 20, ’cause we’re the same age..."
"...I missed what seems to have been the great era of Antone's, when it was on Sixth Street and Muddy Waters and B.B. King and Albert King and the rest were at least somewhat frequent visitors and the house band was the Fabulous Thunderbirds..."
"..."Probably one of the most talented musicians to come to Austin," surmises Kim Wilson, who led a Fabulous Thunderbirds lineup energized by Curran's rocket-fuel guitar in the mid-Aughts. "The other one would be Doug Sahm." Real Gone Racket..."
"...Back to Austin, Margaret had a new outlaw/writer boyfriend, who insisted on writing under the name Tex Zaire (in May 1982 he wrote a very sweet cover story on the Fabulous Thunderbirds). One afternoon hanging out at some point Margaret and Tex said they were going to the convenience store and did anybody want anything..."
"...Jimmie VaughanPlays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites (Shout! Factory) The Fabulous ThunderbirdsThe Best of the Fabulous Thunderbirds: Early Birds Special (Benchmark Recordings)..."
"...1986-87: The Fabulous Thunderbirds..."
"...From this pool, springing from North and East Texas, with a few Lubbockites thrown in, arose bands that went on to challenge, and ultimately usurp, progressive country as Austin's reigning sound: the Nightcrawlers, featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keith Ferguson, and Doyle Bramhall Sr.; Southern Feeling, with Strehli, Denny Freeman, and W.C. Clark; Paul Ray & the Cobras, with Vaughan on guitar; the Fabulous Thunderbirds, with Stevie's older brother Jimmie, Ferguson, and California import Kim Wilson; and Triple Threat, with SRV, Clark, and Lou Ann Barton..."
"...THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS FEATURING KIM WILSON..."
"...THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS..."
"...A year later in 1990, upon Clifford Antone's invitation, the Northerner touched down in Austin, helping usher in a new era of torchbearers for the blues city reeling from the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan and the end of Jimmie Vaughan's reign in the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Foley quickly proved her mettle with 1992 debut Young Girl Blues and the breakout Big City Blues in 1995, joining the ranks of blues royalty like Barbara Lynn and Marcia Ball on the Antone's label...."