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After The Storm

by Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts

All American Blues that rocks to get you through the storms of life.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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1. Close to You
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2. Bring You Back Home
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3. After the Storm
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4. Writing On the Wall
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5. Narcissistic Fool
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6. Rosalee
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7. Crawling Back Home
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8. John the Revelator
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9. I Guess I'll Just Sing You the Blues
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10. Alligator Woman
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11. Flight of the Free Spirit
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
After The Storm is the newest release by Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts. The album was mastered at R&R Productions by Robyn Robins (former keyboardist of Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band). He has mastered over 60 Gold and Platinum Albums by artists such as U2 and Van Morrison.

Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts are a blues rock band from southeast Michigan. (“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.” CD Review, Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes).

Their debut release “All American Blues” received excellent reviews and is being played on radio stations coast to coast, as well as stations in England, Belgium, Holland, Canada, and Argentina. The band shows the influence of Rod’s major influences such as: Bob Seger, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Howlin’ Wolf. (“There is no mystery to Rod’s lyrical attitude it directly corresponds to the no-nonsense music.” Review, White Throne Magazine). The title cut of “All American Blues” appeared on the nationally syndicated blues show “Blues Deluxe” on 93 radio stations nationwide.

The band consists of Lightnin Rod Wilson with guitar and vocals, Wally Weeber on drums, Brother Bill Lewis on bass, Eric Korte on tenor saxophone, and Dale Beagle on piano and keyboard. Wally Weeber has played with John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, and Robert Cray at the Pipeline in Seattle. Brother Bill Lewis has performed with Detroit artists Al Hill, and Sir Mack Rice (Author of Mustang Sally). He has also played with country legend Pam Tillis and performed at the WC Handy Awards after winning the International Blues Challenge as part of Chef Chris & The Nairobi Trio. Eric Korte has played with Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy, Mitch Ryder, Clarence Clemons, and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. Dale Beagle has performed with country stars Crystal Gale, Holly Dunn, and Billy Dean. He has also played with Shirley King (B.B. King’s daughter) and former Ted Nugent front man Derick Saint Holmes. Prior to forming the Thunderbolts, Rod had a #1 internet radio song on MP3.com in the general blues category. (“One of the best independent songwriters in the country.” Review, Entertainer Magazine)

The Thunderbolts are a rare commodity of true musicianship lacking in today’s music scene. (“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.” CD Review, Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes)

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Ross & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Classic Blues Gem
\"After the Storm\" by Lightin Rod and The Thunderbolts is true classic blues gem. From front to back the album just screams old school blues with amazing licks, strutting bass lines and beats that swagger. The definitely features a full sound with great female backing vocals and sultry saxophone work thrown into the mix. The album also sounds great, with great care taken in amplifying a great natural guitar tone and shaping a great sound around it. The album comes out of the gates strong with \"Close To You,\" a track that encompasses each and every element of the bands frill-less sound and concept. \"Bring you back Home\" opens with a wicked guitar intro, gritty vocals and great female back up vocals. The standout track on his album has to be \"Narcissistic Fool\", which features a slick guitar riff, a fantastic plucky bass line and great sax accents. If you are a fan of artists like JJ Cale, Eric Clapton or BB King this is a must pick up. It stands alone as a truly Professional sounding album with some very well written songs and a very talented band to boot.
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Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro

Mary4Music Review
Lightnin' Rod & the Thunderbolts
"After The Storm"
Lightning Bolt Records
BY PETER "BLEWZZMAN" LAURO, © December 2008


This CD, as LIGHTNIN' ROD WILSON made a point of telling me, is not about any specific "named storm". It is about all of the various storms that all of us go through from time to time. The way ROD tells it, "What matters the most is the kind of person we are........"AFTER THE STORM".

On "AFTER THE STORM", LIGHTNIN' ROD WILSON, on Lead Vocals, guitars, mandolin, percussion, strings and bass is joined by: BROTHER BILL LEWIS on bass; WALLY WEEBER on drums; ERIC KORTE on tenor sax; DALE BEAGLE on piano and strings; DANIELLE GROSS on backup and lead vocals; AMY ROBERTS on backup vocals; SARAH JONES on alto sax; TIFFANY BAYS, backup vocals; STAN ZIMMER on drums; SMOKIN' JOE ORTIZ on harmonica. Except for "JOHN THE REVELATOR", all tracks were written by LIGHTNIN' ROD WILSON.

The opening track, "CLOSE TO YOU", opens with words that, time and time again, I've found myself saying - "I hope the traffic cop don't have his radar on". It seems, as the title indicates, that ROD is obviously in a rush to get close to his woman. This track features the whole band in a nice tight groove, with great guitar and sax highlights by ROD and ERIC.

"BRING YOU BACK HOME" is just one of the many tracks on this disc which feature intense vocals. DANIELLE & AMY are absolutely superb backing up ROD, who sings his heart out on this one. If like me, you were awed with the powerful way in which RICHARD HARRIS sang "MCARTHUR'S PARK", then you will absolutely love LIGNTNIN' ROD'S vocal style. The rhythm work from BILL & WALLY and the piano playing by DALE also highlight this one.

If you like it funky, "NARCISSISTIC FOOL" will fill that bill. On this one, of course, the rhythm section's on fire and some extra heavy bottom is provided by ERIC as he has that tenor sounding more like a baritone. At THE THUNDERBOLTS live shows, the dancers have to love this one. As a matter of fact, they probably stay right on the floor if the next song played is "CRAWLING BACK HOME". On this smoker, even the wall flowers will have a hard time standing still to the swinging rhythm provided by BILL & ERIC on drums and sax.

There's nothing I like more than hearing a musician say "I GUESS I'LL JUST SING YOU THE BLUES". This one features DANIELLE, on lead vocals, doing just that. However, I promise you that you've never heard them sung like this. Her voice is astoundingly angelic and it's not all that often you hear an angel singing the blues. DALE on piano and strings was equally awesome.

"AFTER THE STORM" closes with a soft instrumental titled 'FLIGHT OF THE FREE SPIRIT". This one is all about ROD and his acoustic guitar. Listening to it was perhaps the most relaxing three minutes I've had in a real long time. I could have sat back, closed my eyes and listened to this for hours.

Other tracks on "AFTER THE STORM" include: "AFTER THE STORM", "WRITING ON THE WALL", "ROSALEE", "CRAWLING BACK HOME", "JOHN THE REVELATOR" and "ALLIGATOR WOMAN".

To check out LIGHTNIN' ROD & THE THUNDERBOLTS, and to purchase a copy of "AFTER THE STORM", just go to www.lightnin-rod.com. Of course, you'll be sure to tell him Pete the Blewzzman sent ya.


Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @ www.Mary4music.com
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Marcie

Rootstime.be Review
Blues rock bands are sprouting out of the ground like mushrooms at the moment. But when one pops up like Lightnin Rod from Michigan and his seasoned buddies, this team effort manages to stand out among the swamp blues vegetation. This is because Lightnin’ Rod has a real gravelly voice, and has been playing guitar since he was twelve years old. He writes meaningful lyrics and places his soul in the eye of the storm, as it were. Above all, he knows to surround himself with outstanding musicians. The Thunderbolts formed in 2003, after which the line-up changed a number of times. In the current band, all the instrumentalists can list illustrious blues legends with whom they have played: drummer Wally Weeber with Willie Dixon and Robert Cray, to name but two; saxophonist Eric Korte with Chuck Berry and Buddy Guy, amongst others. They help to set the tone of each track; for example, Eric Korte’s sax can be funky, sultry or jazzy by turns. On the intense ‘Rosalee’, his sax allows a more melancholy tone to seep through. Lead singer Lightnin’ Rod sings his songs with full commitment in his voice, giving of himself completely, whether it be on a slow blues track like ‘Bring You Back Home’, which leads out with a lovely piano solo, or on the passionate ‘After The Storm’ that culminates with soulful female backing vocals. The ladies are Danielle and Amy, and their backing vocals lend an authentic atmosphere to the violence of the storm. Their voices also give Tommy Johnson’s ‘John The Revelator’, the only cover on the album, a gospel tinge. Lightnin’ Rod has played with other bands in the past, but this Thunderbolts ensemble seems to be the final configuration, for the moment at least. It was with them that he brought out ‘All American Blues’ in 2004. With this second album ‘After The Storm’, Rod seems to be declaring his intense love for the blues. According to Lightnin’ Rod, everyone, rich or poor, will sooner or later go through the storm of life, that is, everyone will see misery and distress. The most important thing is how you survive the storm, or what you have become once the storm is over. He translates this piece of wisdom into true-to-life music. Bob Seeger, Muddy Waters, and Buddy Guy are some of his influences. But when you listen to his own compositions, you realize that more than anything else, he is delving into his own world of bluesy feelings. Just listen to ‘Writing On The Wall’, a gem of its kind that continues to resound like an indictment and a plea, as though it is only through the music that his spiritual anguish can be released.

Marcie
www.rootstime.be
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RadioIndy.com

Congratulations on GrIndie Award
"After the Storm" by Lightnin Rod and The Thunderbolts is true classic blues gem. From front to back the album just screams old school blues with amazing licks, strutting bass lines and beats that swagger. The definitely features a full sound with great female backing vocals and sultry saxophone work thrown into the mix. The album also sounds great, with great care taken in amplifying a great natural guitar tone and shaping a great sound around it. The album comes out of the gates strong with "Close To You," a track that encompasses each and every element of the bands frill-less sound and concept. "Bring you back Home" opens with a wicked guitar intro, gritty vocals and great female back up vocals. The standout track on his album has to be "Narcissistic Fool", which features a slick guitar riff, a fantastic plucky bass line and great sax accents. If you are a fan of artists like JJ Cale, Eric Clapton or BB King this is a must pick up. It stands alone as a truly Professional sounding album with some very well written songs and a very talented band to boot.
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