Picks and Pans Review: The Texas Connection

updated 09/07/1992 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/07/1992 01:00AM

TNN (Sat., Sept. 5, 7 P.M. ET)

B+

In this one-hour special version of the music series, host Jerry Jeff Walker (who has got a pretty good album of his own out now in Hill Country Rain) welcomes the best little blues band in the world, the Fabulous Thunderbirds. These boys don't work up much of a sweat onstage, but their roadhouse-deluxe music is fiery, no less so since guitarists Duke Robillard and Kid Bangham replaced founding member Jimmie Vaughan last year. Led by singer-harmonica player Kim Wilson—and joined by two great Texas blues singers, Lou Ann Barton and Delbert McClinton—the T-Birds turn in a lethal set.

This program ain't nothing but a party, although I must say it seems kind of incongruous to see a guy in a cowboy hat and boots buck-dancing down in the audience with a beeper on his bolt.

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