Another Moment In Time

Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts

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NOW AVAILABLE!! The highly anticipated album Another Moment in Time from the award winning Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts

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Rod’s music has been called, “Eric Clapton meets Bob Seger 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, Rock, gospel and roots influence. 

Growing up in a small town in Southeastern Michigan with hardship, loss and sickness it was not always so. He played in local rock bands while working on songwriting and his guitar chops. 

He has shared the stage or recorded with members of The Allman Brothers, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Bob Seger, Stevie Nicks, Delbert McClinton, Robert Cray, Cher & The Temptations, just to name a few. Rod is a member of the Blues foundation,

His list of awards & accolades are just as impressive: 

2023--Rampage Music Award for the Best Blues Song, “Homebound Blues”

2022--Fairplay Red Carpet Awards (Europe/Netherlands)   

Most Appreciated Male Artist of the Year/All Genres 

Best Original Rock Song, "Kentucky Mojo" 

2022--Akademia Award  for Best Blues Song,  "Homebound Blues", July 2022 

2021 – World Songwriting Award Finalist for Best Blues song, “Homebound Blues”. 

Josie Music Award Nomination: Song of the Year, “Homebound Blues” and Guitar Player of the Year. 

2020 — “Artist of the Year”, Josie Music Awards 

2019 – “Entertainer of the Year”, Josie Music Awards 

2018 – “Blues Group of the Year”, Josie Music Awards 

Global Music Awards – Silver Medal Winner for the album, “Delta Time” 

2017 – Nominated for “Blues Artist of the Year”, Josie Music Awards 

In the month of September, “When I Loved You” was the #1 downloaded song for Country Radio. 

2009 Grindie Music Award for the album, “After the Storm” 

Rod and his band bring a dynamic, high energy live show to every stage they perform on.

 

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ALBUM RELEASE TOMORROW

To all our fans & friends; Things are heating up besides the summer weather. The new album, “Another Moment in Time”, will be released tomorrow. The songs will be available on all streaming platforms. The physical disc will be for sale on our webpage. The tunes are already being played on several radio stations & there has been two positive magazine reviews on the album. You will find songs about love, lost love, and the greatest love.

We will be headlining the Jeep & Jamz Expo on Saturday, June 8th for all our friends in the Owensboro, Kentucky area. Next week you will find us in Indiana and Michigan. You can check out the dates, places, and times on the webpage.  We hope to see you out and would like to meet you.

We will have all of the “Another Moment in Time” t-shirts available. We want to thank you for your support over the years. We appreciate your friendship.

Until next time, the Bluz is Alright!

Lightnin Rod

 

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ALBUM REVIEW -ANOTHER MOMENT IN TIME

Another Moment In Time (Memphis Blues Records) is the 11th release from Lightnin’ Rod & the Thunderbolts, the band’s first since 2020 although they’ve released a couple of singles. Lightnin’ Rod (Wilson) wrote all ten songs for the album, a solid set of blues, roots, and rock. Wilson handles vocals and guitar while backed by drummers Keith Green or Kevin Stiles, bassist Jesse Barton or Mike Estepp, keyboardists William (Mr. Bill) Lenk or John Pinero, and harmony vocalist Tiffany Wilson Hutton.

“Never Should Have Went To Mexico” opens the disc, a harrowing tale of crossing the border played with a Latin flair. The somber ballad “Hole In My Heart” follows, featuring some crisp fretwork from Wilson, and the mid-tempo “Ordinary Day” picks up the pace a bit. “The Lady Has The Blues” leans toward an R&B groove, and the title track is a ballad that includes guitar in more of a rock vein with a pop background underscoring Wilson’s warm vocals.

“3:30 In The Morning” is a reflective blues driven by guitar and piano as Wilson reviews his problems while trying to get a good night’s rest. The desperate “But The Pain” is dedicated to those suffering from chronic pain, both physical and emotional.

“Bird In My Window” is an acoustic blues, and I'm not sure who plays harmonica but it’s a nice touch. “Pathway To Your Love” is a strong ballad with fine guitar and piano work, and the closer, “Just Ran Out Of Love,” also features some excellent guitar work from Wilson.

Wilson has a versatile guitar attack, a snug fit in blues, rock, and even jazz, while his vocals are very good as are his original songs. The band provides marvelous backing. Another Moment In Time is another rock-solid set from Lightnin’ Rod & the Thunderbolts.

--- Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes, Friday Blues Fix, Blogspot.com

 

 

Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts – Another Moment In Time

Memphis Blues Records – 2024

www.lightnin-rod.com

10 tracks; 42 minutes

Lightnin Rod Wilson was born in Michigan and now also plays live in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. He started recording in the 1980’s and has produced fifteen albums to date, though this is the first time that this reviewer has heard his music. Rod wrote all ten songs here, handles lead vocals and guitar, supported by John Pinero or William Lenk on keys, Jesse Barton or Mike Estepp on bass and Keith Green and Kevin Stiles on drums; Tiffany Wilson Hutton adds harmony vocals. The album was recorded at Memphis Blues Studio and is self-produced by Rod.

The album opens with the Latin-tinged “Never Should Have Went To Mexico”, a tale of unfortunate consequences on a road trip across the border. Rod’s vocals are clear and pleasant, well suited to this type of mid-paced tune, and his guitar fills are excellent, making a sound start to the album. Next up is “Hole In My Heart”, a ballad with more solid guitar work, followed by the faster-paced “Ordinary Day” which again has a bit of a border feel. “The Lady Has The Blues” contains the key word for readers of Blues Blast but does not contain much other Blues DNA though it is again a melodic tune with fine harmonies. The title track is a country-flavored tune with wah-wah guitar and warm keyboards underpinning Rod’s vocals.

Little so far to excite the blues purists but “3.30 In The Morning” is definitely a blues with rolling piano and a slightly tougher vocal style from Rod who is having trouble getting to sleep as he reviews all his daily problems, from family to work; some anguished guitar comes into the middle section, including some chicken scratch work. “But The Pain” returns to what seems to be Rod’s preferred style with a mid-paced tune, more good piano and harmonies whilst “Bird In My Window” is something of a departure, an acoustic tune, the uncredited harmonica adding a campfire feel to what is essentially a folk song. The album closes with two more mid-paced tunes, “Pathway To Your Love” a love song with more good guitar and piano work and “Just Ran Out Of Love” which has some good guitar in a slightly more aggressive style.

Overall this is a pleasant listen but does not contain very much actual blues.

Blues Blast Magazine Senior writer John Mitchell is a blues enthusiast based in the UK who enjoys a wide variety of blues and roots music, especially anything in the ‘soul/blues’ category. Favorites include contemporary artists such as Curtis Salgado, Tad Robinson, Albert Castiglia and Doug Deming and classic artists including Bobby Bland, Howling Wolf and the three ‘Kings’. He gets over to the States as often as he can to see live blues.

LIGHTNIN ROD AND THE THUNDERBOLTS

Greeting friends and fans, we are very busy(in a good way). The single, “THE LADY HAS THE BLUES”, was released in April and it is already getting radio airplay in several market areas. The new album is also at several magazines and we expect reviews coming soon. The title track “Another Moment in Time”, will be released as the second single on May 17th. The full album will be released in June. We will have several for sale at our shows, as well as, a lot of new merchandise.

Thanks for being a friend, fan and co-conspirator with us in this undertaking.

Stay tuned for info about the releases and shows. For updates check out www.lightnin-rod.com . Until next time, The Music is Alright!

Lightnin Rod