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2019 Josie Music Awards Entertainer of the Year, Jazz, Blues, Soul 

Lightnin Rod won the highly coveted 2019 Josie Music Award for "ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR" at the 5th Annual Josie Music Awards. The red carpet event was held at the sold out Celebrity Theatre at Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, TN. The Josie Music Awards is the largest independent music awards show in the world. The theatre was filled with people from all 50 states and 26 countries.

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 seal which has always been a differential element, both in his singing than in composing or guitar playing. As instrumentalist Rod has got a really effective but at the same time soft phrasing technique, which makes as a result a convincing effective sound that can be immediately enjoyed in every song he plays. Once again The Thunderbolts exceed the musical requirements expected, giving the firm basis and substance to make Lightnin' feel totally comfortable. In this way, the band provides all the needed resources to ensure the songs beauty, that will be easily savoured by all listeners. This is a restrained but at the same time natural and dynamic album, I dare say listeners will immediately enjoy in every aspect. VERY GOOD. 

Vincente Zumiel - La Hora Del Blues (Feb 1, 2018)

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 written by bandleader, vocalist and guitar man Rod. What's it like? Rod's vocals are well to the fore with that degree of clarity which allows you to hear every word. His guitar playing is impressive enough, and he even includes a sensitive instrumental, Broken Wing, which is dedicated to Jimi Hendrix. He also expresses those many emotions musicians feel with the moody Life Of A Bluesman. As a trio, they make a pretty fat sound, and on When Love Comes Calling, he's underpinned by some fine female backing singers. As with many acts in this style, The Thunderbolts are probably better enjoyed in a live situation, but as a souvenir of a show, this CD would be a firm reminder to go see them again. 

Alan - Blues Matters (Jan 26, 2018)