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Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts / Blog

The Excitement is Building!

"Best Days" #9, APD Rock Singles Chart-- 12/15/14 "Guilty Of The Blues". #9, APD Blues Album Chart--12/15/14 Rod is an entertaining blues rocker, full of emotional outpourings and matching solos. The Thunderbolts new album, "Guilty Of The Blues" clearly shows that they have much in store for audiences. This is Blues Rock which deserves our attention. Great Rocking Blues.... Album Review--Rootstime Magazine "I-75 Highway Blues", #18, APD Blues Singles Chart -- 12-16-14 "Best Days", #3, Rock Single, APD Rock Chart, 12-16-14 "Guilty Of The Blues", #9 APD Blues Album Chart -- 12-16-14

This CD will be a guilty pleasure on long road trips and quiet evenings. Rod struts his stuff on guitar and six-string banjo..... Album Review -- Blues Blast Magazine "Guilty of The Blues", #3 APD Blues Album Chart -- 12-17-14 Available from CD Baby, Amazon.com and several online retailers. Please like our Facebook page, Lightnin' Rod & The Thunderbolts.

The Excitement Is Here!

Here are a few more reviews of Rod's music from around the world: "Top Twenty"....Michigan Roots Radio(Airplay Chart) "Wilson writes meaningful lyrics and places his soul in the eye of the storm",,,,"Rod sings his songs with full commitment in his voice, giving himself completely"....'Rod seems to be declaring his intense love for the Blues"...."He translates wisdom into true-to-life music"...."Rod is delving into his own world of bluesy feelings"...."A Gem"....Rootstime Magazine "Congrats to this weeks featured artist"...."Lightnin'Rod's voice is the perfect front to a great band"...."Their music draws from a wide range of experiences to create a fusion of Blues and Classic Rock that you have to hear to believe"....LocalMusicLife.com Profiled on Rolling Stone Magazine.com You can order a physical copy of "Guilty of The Blues" as well as other albums by Lightnin' Rod & The Thunderbolts from CDBaby.com or Amazon.com Downloads are available from ITunes.com, Amazon.com & dozens of other online music vendors. Also please like our Facebook Page at Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts. https://www.facebook.com/lightninrod.wilson


THE EXCITEMENT IS GROWING! Here are just a few reviews of Rod's music from around the world: "Wilson is one of the best independent songwriters in the country"....Entertainment Magazine "One of the top ten requested Blues artists".....Blues Radio UK 'The lead guitar takes over and we are in the middle of musical craftsmanship sailing down the road to funk town"...."I love these songs"..."Very cool lyrics and melody".... "The guitar is killer and the vocals are perfect which is nice in today's world"....GarageBand.com "A Great Effort"...The Toledo Blade "The whole band is in a nice tight groove"...."Great Guitar"...."Even the wallflowers will have a hard time standing still to the swinging rhythm"..."I could listen to this for hours"...Peter "Blewzzman Lauro, Blues Editor for Mary4Music.com You can order the physical CD at CDBaby.com or Amazon.com Downloads available from ITunes.com, Amazon.com or dozens of other online music vendor. Also please like our Facebook page at Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts, www.lightnin-rod.com.


900 radio stations can't be wrong! Attn: Radio Programmers. Songs for airplay can be downloaded at AirplayDirect. Like us on Facebook at "Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts!"


Greetings! We hope you are all doing well. Today (Monday), the new CD, "Guilty Of The Blues", is being released for radio airplay worldwide. We will be doing radio promo between now and the end of the year. If you are a DJ or radio programmer the songs are available for download for your station at Airplay Direct. Yesterday the song, "Best Days" was #17 on the APD Global Radio Indicator chart as a rock single. We are also currently booking shows for late spring through summer of next year. If you are interested in bringing "Lightnin' Rod & The Thunderbolts" to your community hit me up for the details. Songs from "Guilty of The Blues" are available for download at ITunes, Amazon & CDBaby. You can also order a physical copy of the new disc at CDBaby. If you have not already done so please stop by our newly-designed web page, www.lightnin-rod.com. Thanks for all your support. Until next time, "The Blues Is Alright"! Lightnin' Rod


"Guilty Of The Blues;'. the album from "Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts" will be released and available to purchase on Wednesday, December 3rd. This is the group's first new disc in over six years. The album will be available from CDBaby.com and all major on line distributors such as ITunes. Also stop by our newly designed website at www.lightnin-rod.com and check it out. "The Blues Is Alright!"


We can finally announce the news to all our friends. The new CD, "GUILTY OF THE BLUES" by Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts will be released on December 3rd on Memphis Blues Records. It will be available on CDBaby.com. It will also be available for download on ITunes, Spotify & most on-line stores. The 1st single, "Black Widow" was released this past Monday & is already trending on ReverbNation. Also, on Wednesday, we released a live in concert video of "Black Widow". Please stop by our Facebook page "Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts" & give us a like. Until next time, "The Blues Is Alright"!

"Black Widow"

"Black Widow", the new single by Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts, will be released on November 17th. I wrote this funky blues tune while living in Florida in early 2011. We had the opportunity to try it out on several Florida audiences and it has been part of the live shows since then. It was recorded with a full brass section that adds spark & shimmer as the song moves along. It will be the first song on th new upcoming album, "Guilty Of The Blues". Look for it on November 17th! Thanks for your support! www.lightnin-rod.com

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Greetings To All Our Friends: The new album, "Guilty Of The Blues" is coming along nicely. We just got the mastered disc back from Nashville and are more than happy with the results. The final touches are being done on the artwork now, It also looks like we will be working with an independant record label for the release. Mark Monday, November 17th, on your calendar. That is when we will be releasing the first single "Black Widow". It has been six years since the last release & we are very excited to say the least. We will be sending out updates over the next few days about the musicians, recording, and writing of the song. If you have not done so already, please stop by our Facebook page, Lightnin' Rod & The Thunderbolts and give us a like. "The Blues Is Alright!" Rod


Greetings to all our friends. We appreciate each and every one of you. We enjoy your correspondence and support. The title of the new CD will be "Guilty Of The Blues'. The mixdown was complete in August. A record label is now listening to it and trying to determine if it will fit in with their roster. If not we will shop it elsewhere and try to have it released by Christmas. We are playing many of the new songs live and the response has been very good. We are in the process of updating our webpage, so please stop by www.lightnin-rod.com to check it out and leave a comment. We would love to hear from you . In August, we performed at the Somerset Serenades and then traveled to LaPorte, Indiana to play for approximately 1200 blues fans at the LaPorte Blues Festival where we opened for the Kinsey Report. Then on September 13th we played for over 1500 people at the Lake Cumberland Blues, BBQ & Arts Festival opening for The Shaun Murphy Band. We just put up a You Tube video of us playing the Willie Dixon classic "Hoochie Coochie Man". Check it out! We will be adding several more videos in the near future. Speaking of videos, Shaun Murphy asked me to sit in for a song with her band and the video will be forthcoming also. We have now been #1 on the ReverbNation Blues Chart for central Kentucky for 28 straight months. If you have not done so already, please stop by our Facebook Page/Lightnin Rod And The Thunderbolts and give us a "Like". Until next time remember............."THE BLUES IS ALRIGHT!" Rod