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Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts: Bio

Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts Gold Artist Award, Grinde Award Winner, two #1 MP3 chart-toppers in two different musical genres, “Sugar & Spice” Music Video was used for the 2010 NME (First For Music News) Award Show. That is just a few of Lightnin’ Rod Wilson’s musical accomplishments. He has shared the stage with members of the Allman Brothers, Bob Seger, The Steve Miller Band, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Boz Scaggs, Steppenwolf, Chuck Berry, Robert Cray, and Mitch Ryder just to name a few. As a young dreamer growing up in a small town in Southeast Michigan, it was not always so. While playing in several local bands, Rod soaked up the Midwest music environment of rock, blues and Motown like a sponge. He toured with several regional classic rock/blues bands for several years. In 2003, he put together a blues-rock trio playing throughout Michigan and Ohio. They even performed several times at the infamous “Papa’s Tavern”, known as the launching place for American Idol Runner-up, Crystal Bowersox. In 2004, with the release of “All-American Blues”, radio stations around the world were playing Rod’s music. “Dreamful of Blues”, became a #1 MP3 song in the general blues category. His newest release, “After The Storm”(2008), picked up where All-American Blues left off, with great reviews and airplay around the world. In 2009, he was awarded both the Grinde Award and Gold Artist Award for the CD. His music has been played on radio stations around the world. He has also appeared on a nationwide TV broadcast.   Rod's newest release, "Guilty Of The Blues", has recently been released to critical acclaim. Several songs from the new album are making their way up blues, rock and album charts. 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 acoustic influences. The Thunderbolts are a rare commodity of true musicianship lacking in today’s music scene. Contact info: Email: lightninrod@lightnin-rod.com 517-403-7609 or 606-485-4268 www.lightnin-rod.com