Any player who loves the blues, Texas-based music, Texas blues, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, or just plain great blues bass playing, may want to check out the biography, Keith Ferguson: Texas Blues Bass.
The biography, written by Detlef Schmidt, a German bassist, college instructor and author of Fender Precision Basses 1951-1954, details the life and influence of Ferguson, who died in 1997 at age 50. His role in the 1970s blues revival was a significant. His career included not only time in The Fabulous Thunderbirds, but also a stint in the Tailgators. Early in his career he played alongside legendary guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, whose brother Jimmie would be a future Thunderbirds bandmate.
The book, which features hundreds of previously unseen photos, also includes interviews with and quotes from with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Johnny Winter, Jimmie Vaughan, Don Leady of the Tailgators, and Ferguson’s family. There are even tabs showing off Ferguson’s style.
The 320-page paperback is out now.