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Rod’s music has been called “Bob Seger Meets Eric Clapton at Muddy Waters’ House”. But, those who try to pigeon-hole his music will be left scratching their heads. Always a blues rocker at heart, his music also has shades of soul, Motown, gospel and roots influences.  

2018 Global Music Awards Silver Medal Winner for the album Delta Time. 

2018 Josie Music Award Winner for Jazz/Blues Group of the Year! They were also nominated for the coveted 2018 "Entertainer of theYear" award for the band and also for Lightnin Rod as an individual. He was also  nominated for  2018 Josie Music Awards for Male Artist of the Year in the Jazz/Blues/Soul Category, Song of the Year, "When I Loved You" in the Jazz/Blues Category, Album of the Year, "Delta Time", in Jazz/Bues Category.  

In September of 2017 five songs from the latest album, “Delta Time”, charted in three different genres and “When I Loved You”, was the #1 downloaded song of the month for country radio.  

He has shared the stage with members of the Allman Brothers, Bob Seger, The Steve Miller Band, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Steppenwolf, Chuck Berry, Robert Cray, The Temptations & Four Tops just to name a few.


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La Hora Del Blues 

Lightnin’ Rod & The Thunderbolts “Delta Time”. Memphis Blues Records 2017. 

Here comes the new piece of work by singer and guitar player Lightnin' Rod, an artist who has in his DNA such varied influences like Muddy Waters, Bob Seger or Eric Clapton to only mention some of the most popular and familiar to general audiences, without forgetting 70’s British pop which also feeds his music, although all these influences can be found in a more spiritual than practical way. In this new work Rod keeps the personal…

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Blues Matters -- Delta Time 

This album was recorded in Somerset. Ah, I thought, West Country blues rock. Then I realised it was Somerset in Kentucky. Rod Wilson, leader of this trio, has shared the stage with members of the Allman Brothers, Bob Seger, The Steve Miller Band, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Boz Scaggs, Steppenwolf, Chuck Berry, Robert Cray, and Mitch Ryder plus many more. The Thunderbolts are perhaps typical of the modern, mature American blues rock trio which will always find plenty of work in the USA. Nine of these ten songs were…

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Rootstime -- Delta Time 

Singer-songwriter / guitarist Lightnin 'Rod Wilson grew up in a town in southeast (the "Wolverine" state) Michigan. Wilson played for several years in several local rock / blues bands, with whom he traveled in the region. In 2004, his debut album "All American Blues" was released and "After The Storm" was released in 2008. As a sequel to 'Guilty of the Blues' [2014] there is now the album 'Delta Time'. Currently, Lightnin Rod's music has been called "Bob Seger Meets Eric Clapton at Muddy Waters' House" but…

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Blues Matters -- Guilty of the Blues 

Latest review from the prestigious, international blues magazine(Blues Matters)

Memphis Blues Records 

After spending two years on the road Rod Wilson decided to re-locate his home, firstly from the Midwest to Florida and then finally settling happily in Southern Kentucky, during this time he amassed sufficient material to enable him to be spoilt for choice for the songs on this, his new album. Rod takes lead vocals and plays all guitars…

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Blues 4 You / Sound Guardian Magazine -- Guilty of the Blues 

“This last album, "Guilty of The Blues," has a strong message that Lightnin' Rod is trying to convey to the audience. While there is no doubt that Rod has always been a blues rocker at heart, so is such & his music, his blues expression, which carries colored tones of soul & Motown sound, gospel & the inevitable acoustic impact, & in the end, there are sparkling moments of traditional blues. The Thunderbolts are indeed a rare occurrence in the music industry & does not lack of genuine & true musicianship…

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Blues Blast Magazine Review -- Guilty of the Blues 

Lightnin’ Rod and the Thunderbolts – Guilty of the Blues 
Memphis Blues Records 
CD: 13 Songs; 45:02 Minutes 
Styles: Ensemble Blues, Mellow Blues, Blues Rock 

What kind of “blues electricity” might one expect to be struck by, courtesy of Kentucky’s Lightnin’ Rod and the Thunderbolts? Blues fans might crave a “shock” of “high-voltage” electric guitar, made even more powerful by an amplifier’s “amps”. On their third release, they’re Guilty of the Blues. This CD will be a guilty…

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