The Lady Has The Blues

Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts

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Check out the newest single from Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts off their hot new album Another Moment in Time!

Stay tuned for the full album release of Another Moment in Time coming June 7th worldwide!

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Rod’s music has been called, “Eric Clapton meets Bob Seger 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, Rock, gospel and roots influence. 

Growing up in a small town in Southeastern Michigan with hardship, loss and sickness it was not always so. He played in local rock bands while working on songwriting and his guitar chops. 

He has shared the stage or recorded with members of The Allman Brothers, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Bob Seger, Stevie Nicks, Delbert McClinton, Robert Cray, Cher & The Temptations, just to name a few. Rod is a member of the Blues foundation,

His list of awards & accolades are just as impressive: 

2023--Rampage Music Award for the Best Blues Song, “Homebound Blues”

2022--Fairplay Red Carpet Awards (Europe/Netherlands)   

Most Appreciated Male Artist of the Year/All Genres 

Best Original Rock Song, "Kentucky Mojo" 

2022--Akademia Award  for Best Blues Song,  "Homebound Blues", July 2022 

2021 – World Songwriting Award Finalist for Best Blues song, “Homebound Blues”. 

Josie Music Award Nomination: Song of the Year, “Homebound Blues” and Guitar Player of the Year. 

2020 — “Artist of the Year”, Josie Music Awards 

2019 – “Entertainer of the Year”, Josie Music Awards 

2018 – “Blues Group of the Year”, Josie Music Awards 

Global Music Awards – Silver Medal Winner for the album, “Delta Time” 

2017 – Nominated for “Blues Artist of the Year”, Josie Music Awards 

In the month of September, “When I Loved You” was the #1 downloaded song for Country Radio. 

2009 Grindie Music Award for the album, “After the Storm” 

Rod and his band bring a dynamic, high energy live show to every stage they perform on.


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Wow, how time flies! Here we are in the middle of April already. We hope you are doing well.

We are very busy as the first single from the new album will be released on Friday, April 19th. It is called “The Lady Has the Blues” & is about a woman who has had a very hard life, but continues to fight with resiliency. The good news is you don't have to wait until the 19th,  for being one of our dedicated followers and fans we are making it available to you right NOW.


In other news, we are in rehearsals the rest of the month and we will be back on the road in May playing some shows.

Until Next Time,

Lightnin Rod




Hope you are doing well. It looks like spring is almost here & we are so looking forward to playing some outside concerts and festivals. 

The new album is in production at this time. We do not have a formal release date yet, but the good news is all of you that are signed up on our mailing list will get the first chance to get a signed copy. Stay tuned for details and ask your friends & family to sign up also.

We can reveal that the new release is titled, “Another Moment in Time”. The ten songs are filled with roots, rockin' blues and even a ballad. Songs of love, lost love & what might have been love. We can't wait to have you hear it. 

Please check our calendar. It is always changing with more dates being added. Maybe we are playing near you, if so, we welcome you to stop in and say Hi!

Until next time, the Blues is Alright!

Lightnin Rod

Lightnin Rod Wilson wins 2020 Josie Award for Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year 



On September 5th at the Country Tonite theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee the 6th Annual Josie Music Awards was held.  I won the 2020 Josie Music Award for Artist of the Year in the Blues/Jazz category. This is my third award in as many years, and we want to thank all of you for making it possible. It is indeed an honor to win this prestigious award. 

Due to the Covid, like all other artists, it has been a very slow year for live performances. That is another reason this award means so much. 

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Lightnin Rod Signs New Management Contract 

We are excited to announce we are now being managed by the Shocaroff Management family. Official press release below

We are thrilled to welcome to the Shocaroff Management family 

Lightnin' Rod Wilson!! If you would like to book Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts please contact us on Facebook or email 

More info can be found at

#ShocaroffManagement #LightninRodWilson

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.