When is a roll of the dice not a gamble? When it's "Roll of the Dice," the new album by the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Since regrouping last year, the Austin-based band has reclaimed the blues rock crown some thought it lost along with founding guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.
Some reviewers have credited producer Danny Kortchmar with getting the T-Birds into gear on the album, while others have pointed to the band's rock-solid repertoire (you haven't lived until you've heard them put the boogie into "Zip a Dee Do Dah"). But for singer Kim Wilson the only original T-Bird left it's guitarist Kid Ramos who makes the biggest difference. "Kid Ramos is really something," he said last fall. "He can do it all."
As a result, Wilson feels that his band goes beyond merely playing the blues. "It's a combination of a lot of different kinds [of music], all mixed up together," he said. "But it has the essence of that blues music, and that's what makes it legitimate."
Making the T-Birds show even more of a sure thing is the fact that it's the 1996 Baltimore Bartenders' Charity Ball, which benefits the group United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland. It's not often a blues band has the chance to make so many people happy.
The Bartenders' Ball is Saturday at 9 p.m. at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn. This year's theme is "007: Covert Auction." Tickets are $75 in advance, $90 at the door. Proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland. Call (410) 484-4540, Ext. 5000.
Pub Date: 3/14/96