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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.  

2020 Josie Music Award for "Artist of the Year", Jazz & Blues

2019 Josie Music Award 'Entertainer of the Year", Jazz, Blues, Soul

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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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

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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.