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Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts / Blog


Greetings! It has been way too long since we gave you our last update. We apololgize! It has been a very busy spring and summer (the later seems to be going much too fast.) The recording of the CD is almost complete and we start mixdown next week. This is the most comprehensive recording that I have ever been part of with a horn section and even a violin. That being said we need your help to name the title. Here are the three choices: Black Widow; Guilty of The Blues; and Rebel Blues. To vote just leave a message on my webpage or Facebook and then stay tuned for the results. At the end of May it was twenty four straight months that we were #1 on the ReverbNation Blues Chart for Central Kentucky. We will be performing, Saturday, August 9th, at Somerset Serenades at Government Square in Downtown Somerset. On Saturday, August 16th, we are looking forward to playing at the LaPorte Blues Fest in Laporte, Indiana. Then we are back playing on Saturday, September 13th at the Lake Cumberland Blues,, BBQ, & Arts Festival at the new Rocky Hollow in Somerset(opening for Shaun Murphy). If you are close, come on by and say "Hi". We would love to meet you. Until next time, THE BLUES IS ALRIGHT! LIGHTNIN' ROD


Hope you are doing well in this new year. I am not enjoying winter. I can't wait for summertime and the open air festivals. I have lots of new things to report to you. First off, by the end of the month, we will have been #1 on the Reverbnation Blues Chart for Central Kentucky for nineteen straight months. The new CD is coming along and is now about 40% complete. I am hoping for 13-14 tracks to make the final cut. Also stay tuned because you are going to help name it. We are presently booking shows for summer and early fall including performing at Blues Festivals in several states. In August we will be at the LaPorte Blues Festival in northern Indiana. If you would like us to perform in your area then let us know. Also, we will play for private engagements. You can email me for more info. Finally, two new radio stations have joined the list that are playing cuts from "After The Storm". They are WVPE 88.1 FM in South Bend, Indiana and Triple R Blues Radio in the Netherlands. Until next time, stay healthy and remember........."The Blues Is Alright!" Lightnin' Rod "All American Blues That Rock"

September Newsletter

Greetings! Wow, where has the summer gone? It has been a whirlwind here. The recording of the new CD is underway. In June. the rythm tracks for eight new tunes were laid down. I have the great pleasure of working with some incredible musicians from Nashville on this project, Tom Delrossi on drums and Calvin Johson on bass. They both are currently on tour with Shaun Murphy's band. We are plannng a tour together next spring in conjunction with the new album release. Some of the project will also be recorded in Nashville.

Speaking of Nashville, I had a great time for three days at the Summer Namm Show at the new Music City Center. I heard Billy Cox(Jimi Hendrix's bass player), with his current group "Band of Gypsies". I also spoke briefly with Jimi's sister, Janie, who is working hard to keep her brother's legacy alive. I was also a guest to a panel discussion moderated by country superstar, Vince Gill. In addition to that, I had the opportunity to play dozens of new guitars and amplifiers,(Well, someone had to do it!).

In June, I was also the featured artist on Kentuckiana Blues Radio in Louisville. A few other radio stations have picked the last two albums and are playing them in rotation. These include; WBKM--Burlington, UT, WCUW--Worchester, MA and Q97, right here in my new hometown of Somerset, KY.

If you have not done so already, please go to my Facebook band page, Lightnin' Rod & The Thunderbolts and "like" it. It would be greatly appreciated.

We are booking a few dates for the winter, but even more in the spring and summer of next year. If you would like to have us at your event/festival then send me a line and I will get the info to you right away. Thanks for all your support.

Until next time, "The Blues Is Alright!"

Lightnin' Rod

August Newslettetr

It has been awhile since the last update and the latest news is good. We are now #1 on the ReverbNation Blues chart for Central Kentucky. I am now looking for a label to produce the next CD. In the past couple of months, we have performed locally in Central Kentucky and at the infamous Brackin's Blues Club in Maryville, TN. On August 25th, we will be performing at the 23d annual Hot August Blues Festival in Hardin, Kentucky for approx. 7,000 people. It is held at the beautiful Kenlake State Park. This is in the heart of blues country between Memphis and St. Louis. I am also equally excited that two of my good musician friends from Michigan will be coming on down to do the show with me. Also, I have signed on with an online music store to do video performances of the guitars they are selling. I will also be doing some online guitar instruction for the company,(more about this in the next mailing). Until then,"THE BLUES IS ALRIGHT!" Lightnin' Rod

February Newsletter

A new year is upon us. I hope all is well with you. We have had a great deal happening here, so let me begin.

Both "All American Blues" and "After The Storm" are listed on Billboard.com. We are also now getting airplay on superhits 247.com.

Our video, "Close To You" was featured on the NME First For Music site for January. This is an online magazine located in the U.K. And speaking of videos, "Sugar and Spice" is now on Pure Charts in France.

Recent stories about my music have been written in Music Scenes in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana & Wisconsin. Stories have been printed about the recordings in several different languages(even though I have no idea what they are saying). Both CD's are available world wide via Amazon.com. I just recently became aware that my ringtones are available in Japan via Yahoo.

In October, I was chosen from over 12,000 musicians to receive a new amp cover and t-shirt from D2F covers. They put out a fine American-made product and I appreciate it greatly. I am now endorsing their products.

I have written 17 new songs and some of them have been demoed. We will take our time putting out a new project as we are looking for sponsors and label support.

You can see the music videos by going to YouTube and typing in Lightnin' Rod & The Thunderbolts. Also on YouTube we have recently added a few old videos from my Gospel Rock days. The video, "Can't Stop Rockin'", received a thousand views in the first week it was up.

I am still looking to fill some dates on the calendar this summer. If you know someone that might be interested in bringing us to your town send me an email for details.

Until next time, "The Blues Is Alright!"

Lightnin' Rod

Winter Newsletter

Greetings! I hope you are doing well during this very busy time of the year. I wanted to write a few lines to send you holiday greeting and say thank you for your friendship and support this past year. Perhaps you purchased a CD, or downloaded a song, came out to a gig, or called your local radio station to request a tune. We want you to know how much we appreciated it. In the latest news, we are still #3 on the ReverbNation Blues chart for central Kentucky. Songs from "After The Storm" and "All American Blues" continue to receive airplay around the country and around the world. Two weeks ago, I had surgery on my foot so I am presently trying to get used to using a wheelchair and crutches. I'm glad it's temporary and my surgeon says I should be good by the end of January. That said, even though I won't be playing live for awhile it has gave me more time to write. I have also completed demo tracks on five new songs. We are currently booking show for next year starting in the spring. If you know of any festival, fair, club, private engagement, etc., please contact us for info. And speaking of shows, we will be playing one of the largest Blues Festivals in Kentucky next summer.(More on this to come). Until next time we wish you a Merry Christmas and the very best for 2012.

The Blues Is Alright! Lightnin' Rod

FALL Newsletter

Hope this letter finds you well. We have went through alot of changes since our last letter. In August, we moved outside of Somerset, Kentucky on beautiful Lake Cumberland. We moved from Florida primarily to be closer to all our family that have also relocated near here. We will miss the great weather in Florida this winter and also all of our friends. I will especially miss the great musicians that I had an opportunity to share the stage with over the last couple of years. I do plan to go back to do a few shows there from time to time. I am just finishing up building a new recording studio with a beautiful view of the lake and mountains. It is truly a breathtaking sight with all the fall colors. We will soon be open for business, so please spread the word to those that may want to do some recording. I am also in the process of doing some pre-production work of some new songs that we will be recording after first of the year. I have now completed the writing process for a new project. The title I'm going to keep secret for now. If you are not a friend of mine on Facebook, why not take a moment right now and do so at Lightnin' Rod Wilson. Until next time, "The Blues Is Alright!" Lightnin' Rod P.S. Also thought you might like to know that we are #3 in Central Kentucky on the Reverbnation Blues Chart.

June Newsletter

Well, summer is in full swing here in Florida. Today, 97 degrees and lots of humidity. Things are also in full swing with the new band. Last week, I signed an agreement with B.E.B.E. Inc as our exclusive booking agent. They have represented Marty Balin of the Jefferson Airplane(Starship), and long time blues legend, Honeyboy Edwards. They also represent Sarasota Slim, Tampa Blue and other Florida acts. Please check out their web-site at B.E.B.E.Inc.net. For info on booking us for your next event please contact Valerie at 866-611-3664. We will be performing at the Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Florida on June 25th. We hope to shoot some new live video of the event. On June 3rd, I sat in for a set with Roy Powers and The Last Exit Band in Winter Haven at the High Seas. With this edition, I want to start to introduce you to all the members of the band starting with our bass player, Paul Lovizio. Paul hails from Brooklyn, New York, and has performed with national and international recording artists such as: Annette Funicello, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Del Statins, Little Toby Walker and a host of other artists from the New York City area. He has performed around Florida with the Peanut Butter Company for the past six years. Paul also holds an MA in American History and was a former professor at State University of New York. His influences are James Jamerson(Motown Great) and Paul McCartney. We are running a special this month on all of our CD's. Just $10 each for either "All American Blues", or "After The Storm." Just send me an email and I will get you the info. I will do my best to keep you up to date with what is going on, but until next time......... The Blues is Alright!! Rod

May Newsletter

Hi Everyone! Greetings from the Sunshine State! I hope by the time you read this everyone will be experiencing some spring weather. Well first things first, I am currently #13 in Central Florida on the Reverb Nation Chart, and I need your help to get into the top ten. If you could take a few minutes and go to Reverbnation.com and then go to our profile, "Lightnin' Rod & The Thunderbolts", then click on one of our songs, it will play while you are reading the profile, This adds points to us and the more plays and views, the more points it adds. It also helps when you do the same thing on our My Space page, myspace.com/lightninrod. It would really be appreciated and I will make sure to let you know the results. I have been busy putting the final pieces together and rehearsing with a new "Thunderbolts" band. Maybe, I'll call it the Florida Thunderbolts, or NOT! I will share more about this line up in my next letter. In the meantime, on April 17th I performed at Buzz Jam in Land O' Lakes, Florida where I shared the stage with Sarasota Slim(a fine guitarist) and the former bass player with the Jeff Healy band. It was a great night of blues on the waterfront. You can see pictures from this show on my Facebook page at Lightnin' Rod Wilson. As I mentioned in the last letter, I have written 13 new songs and I have started the demo process. We will also be doing a couple of them live with the new band. Hope all is well with you and your families, until next time...... The Blues Is Alright! Rod

February Newsletter

Hi Everyone! It's been awhile since you've heard from me. I hope all is well with you. I'm enjoying the winter here in Florida (mid to upper 70's all week). I have had the opportunity to play with some great musicians the past few weeks in the central Florida area. I will be performing Sunday, February 20th for an outdoor show at Lake Eva Park in Haines City. There will also be craft booths and food vendors on the grounds. On February 2nd I had the great honor to share the stage with Les Dudek. Les is a former member of The Allman Brothers Band. He co-wrote the instrumental"Jessica" and played on the classic "Ramblin' Man". He was also a member of the Steve Miller Band and has toured and recorded with Cher, Stevie Nicks, Boz Scaggs, and Steppenwolf. He is the finest guitarist that I have performed with. I have also recently performed with Hurricane Hawk and Roy Powers and The Last Exit Band. I have also been in the process of writing several new songs. I will demo them later this year, but I do not intend to release them for some time. On the leisure side, I plan to take in a few Detroit Tiger practices next week. A few months ago I got hip and started a Facebook page. I usually keep things current on there, so everyone can stay up to date with the latest news and photos. You can befriend me at Lightnin' Rod Wilson. Thanks to those who requested my music on your local radio stations. We are still sending out copies of "After The Storm" to stations that are requesting them. Drop us a line from time to time. Until then, God bless, The Blues Is Alright! Lightnin' Rod