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All American Blues

by Lightnin' Rod & The Thunderbolts

All American Blues That Rocks
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. Bad Memories
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2. All American Blues
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3. It's Over Baby
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4. Two Shoed Boogie
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5. Take Care of You
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6. Dreamful of Blues
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7. Hootchie Coochie Man
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8. I May Not Be Politically Correct
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9. Sugar & Spice
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10. Movin' On Down The Road
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11. Why Are You So Cold?
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12. Free Spirit
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13. They Call Me Lightnin'
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Lightnin' Rod & The Thunderbolts are a five piece blues rock band located in the Toledo, OH area. They play unfettered blues / blues rock with a very original twist.

Special Guest Artists:

Bob Schultz - Formerly of The Bob Seger System
Chef Chris - 2002 International Blues Challange Winner

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Graham Clarke

When it Rocks it Rocks!
Lightnin’ Rod and the Thunderbolts are back with a follow-up to their self-titled EP of a couple of years ago. Their new effort, All American Blues (Lightning Bolt Records), is more of the same high-energy blues with some strong rock elements included. Though they are only a three-piece band (Lightnin’ Rod Wilson on vocals and guitar, Peter Heydinger on bass and backing vocals, and Don Bush on drums and percussion), their sound is much bigger, though they are supplemented by guest musicians on some tracks, including former Bob Seger band member Bob Shultz on piano for selected tracks and Chef Chris, who contributes harmonica to two tracks, along with backup vocalist Danielle Gross. Most of the songs were written by Wilson (the lone exception being a cover of "Hoochie Coochie Man") and several songs were previously heard on their EP ("Dreamful of Blues", "They Call Me Lightnin’", and "Why Are You So Cold"). All of these retain the fire of the previous versions, particularly "Dreamful of Blues". The newer songs are also pretty good as well, including "Bad Memories", "It’s Over Baby", the rocking "Two Shoed Boogie", "Sugar and Spice", and "Movin’ On Down The Road". There’s also a neat Allman-esque instrumental, "Free Spirit". Wilson is a solid guitarist and is equally satisfying on vocals as well. The band is also first-rate. When this CD rocks, it rocks hard. This band is obviously a crowd-pleaser when heard live, and this CD won’t disappoint their fans, or other fans of strong rock-based blues. For ordering information, contact the band at lightnin_rod3@hotmail.com or at Lightning Bolt Records, 427 Pearl Street, Morenci, MI 49256.
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Wolfgang Spider -- Detroit Blues Society

Tight Blues Sound!
Blues comes in many styles and is found all across Michigan. Lightnin Rod Wilson hails from Morenci, MI and hangs around Toledo, OH. His flavor of blues is via a tight trio of musicians skillfully working mostly original material. This small group gets big results. The Thunderbolts were fromed in mid-2003 and this album followed a year later. Wilson commmanc the vocals and guitar. Bass guitarist Peter Heydinger and drummer Don Bush complete the band roster.
Native Michigander Wilson picked up his first guitar at age twelve. He joined several rock bands in the 70's and later released three C.D's with his Christian band. Recently he was working as a solo act before forming the Thunderbolts. Wilson wrote twelve of the thirteen songs in this collection. The exception is a cover of Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Coochie Man."
The songs feature tight arrangements, bluesy vocals and fine guitar leads. I noticed influences ranging from Van Morrison to John Lee Hooker. My personal favorites are the songs "All American Blues", the upbeat "Two Shooed Boogie" and "Dreamful of Blues" in which Wilson pays homage to blues stars of the past and their music.
Big Foot Bob Shultz is a guest performer and contributes his piano and background vocals to a half dozen tunes. Shultz heads his band The Toe Tappers and was with the original Bob Seger band. Chef Chris jumps in on harmonica for several songs. Chef Chris won wide acclaim winning an International Blues Competition in Memphis with his band The Nairobi Trio and his new group The Calumet City Orchestra.
Wilson's liner notes include a brief essay on his view of American Blues and the qualities and shortcomings of life in America and states, "where else would I rather be?" He dedicates the album to the men and women of the U.S. military wherever they may serve. Wilson seems to understand that the important things in life are bigger than daily toils and rewards.
Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts have a solid first release and I look forward to hearing more from them. -- Wolfgang Spider
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Jan Curlis

Love the C.D.
I read the GREAT review in the Toledo Blade and found the CD on CD BABY.com. I love the cd and agree with the review. Keep playing!
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Toledo Blade - Ken Rosenbaum

Sizzling Rocking Blues
Based in the Toledo area, these guys are at their sizzling best with the rock-based stuff. Singer/guitarist Rod Wilson of Morenci, Mich., backed by Peter Heydinger of Sylvania on bass guitar and Don Bush of Toledo on drums, growls his way through some outstanding, low-down, smoky blues too. Twelve of the thirteen songs are originals on the fine album.
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VEGAS DEB

LR & TB'S BEST SOUND I HAVE HEARD IN YEARS
LR & TB'S COME BACK TO THE WEST COAST, VEGAS IS READY FOR SOME THUNDER TOO!
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David Green

Singin' The Blues
Morenci-based blues band snares radio air time

A Morenci-based blues band is included this week in the "Blues Deluxe" syndicated radio show.
Rod Wilson's current band, "Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts," are one of 10 groups feautured in this week's one hour program, playing on 93 radio stations across the country and in Canada.
With the closest station located in Battle Creek, the best way to hear the show is to turn to the internet. Blues Deluxe can be heard anytime at www.freeworldradio.com, and Wilson's band will be featured Saturday.
Wilson is in good company for the show, with other selected groups ranging from the Rolling Stones and Kansas to the Grateful Dead and Van Morrison.
The band's new CD, "All American Blues," was released in June to favorable reviews and is getting airplay in Europe and South America in addition to American stations.
Wilson - on guitar and vocals - is joined by bass guitarist Peter Heydinger of Sylvania, OH and drummer Don Bush of Toledo. Wilson also serves as songwriter.
The CD includes guest performances by pianist Bob Schultz, formerly with the Bob Seger System, harmonica player Chef Chris, winner of the International Blues Challange, and backup vocalist Danielle Gross.
Music reviewer Graham Clarke describes the CD as filled with high-energy blues with strong rock elements. "Wilson is a solid guitarist and is equally satisfying on vocals," Clarke writes. "When the CD rocks, it rocks hard."
The CD is available from CDBaby.com and Tower Records on the net and at two Toledo locations: CD Warehouse on Monroe St. and Allied Record Exchange in the Westgate Shopping Center.
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Rolly Hough

Heard It Through The Grapevine
Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts have just released a 13 cut CD titled "All American Blues." The debut disc was a self produced venture by the trio of Rod Wilson - lead guitar/lead vocals, Peter Heydinger - bass guitar, and Don Bush - drums. Brought into the recording session were some heavy hitters.

Chef Chris (Chef Chris & The Nairobi Trio) who won the International Blues Challange in 2002 joins the band for two cuts on harp. Bob Shultz - keyboards, (formerly of the Bob Seger System) joined the guys on three cuts on keys and five cuts on back-up vocals. Wilson's daughter, Danielle Gross, sings back-up vocals on many of the tunes. Gross has sang back-up vocals for Gospel great Larnelle Harris (5 Grammy's, 11 Dove Awards)
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Bob Silvestri

American blues that can be found being played in roadhouses and biker bars from
Lightnin’ Rod & The Thunderbolts new CD titled All American Blues is just what the title says, all American blues that can be found being played in roadhouses and biker bars from coast to coast. The band, whose members include Lightnin’ Rod Wilson-guitar and vocals, Peter Heydinger-bass, Don Bush-drums and keyboards from ex-Bob Seeger and The Silver Bullet Band member, Bob Schultz hit hard with a heavy blues rock style. “Bad Memories” starts off the CD with a driving blues sound and is followed by the tile cut “All American Blues” The slow blues sound of “It’s Over Baby” and “Take Care Of You” are winners as well. Willie Dixon’s “Hoochie Coochie Man” gets a mean work out from the band while the track “I May Not Be Politically Correct” is self-explanatory. Other tracks of note include “Why Are You So Cold” and “Two Shoed Boogie” For more info on Lightnin' Rod & The Thunderbolts you can contact Rod at lightning rod3@hotmail.com.
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Graham Clarke

Blues That Rocks
Lightnin’ Rod and the Thunderbolts are back with a follow-up to their self-titled EP of a couple of years ago. Their new effort, All American Blues (Lightning Bolt Records), is more of the same high-energy blues with some strong rock elements included. Though they are only a three-piece band (Lightnin’ Rod Wilson on vocals and guitar, Peter Heydinger on bass and backing vocals, and Don Bush on drums and percussion), their sound is much bigger, though they are supplemented by guest musicians on some tracks, including former Bob Seger band member Bob Shultz on piano for selected tracks and Chef Chris, who contributes harmonica to two tracks, along with backup vocalist Danielle Gross. Most of the songs were written by Wilson (the lone exception being a cover of “Hoochie Coochie Man”) and several songs were previously heard on their EP (“Dreamful of Blues,” “They Call Me Lightnin’,” and “Why Are You So Cold“). All of these retain the fire of the previous versions, particularly “Dreamful of Blues.” The newer songs are also pretty good as well, including “Bad Memories,” “It’s Over Baby,” the rocking “Two Shoed Boogie,” “Sugar and Spice,” and “Movin’ On Down The Road.” There’s also a neat Allman-esque instrumental, “Free Spirit.” Wilson is a solid guitarist and is equally satisfying on vocals as well. The band is also first-rate. When this CD rocks, it rocks hard. This band is obviously a crowd-pleaser when heard live, and this CD won’t disappoint their fans or other fans of strong rock-based blues. For ordering information, contact the band at lightnin_rod3@hotmail.com or at Lightning Bolt Records, 427 Pearl Street, Morenci, MI 49256.

--- Graham Clarke
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