The Fabulous Thunderbirds came together in Austin, Texas, in the mid-1970s. Led by guitarist Jimmy Vaughan and singer/harpist Kim Wilson, the band soon attracted a lot of attention on the roadhouse blues circuit. At the end of the decade, The T-Birds had gathered enough momentum to secure a record deal. Their first album came out in 1979, followed by a second effort a year later. Modest sales didn't stop them from touring extensively. Their efforts were rewarded with the release of the Dave Edmunds-produced Tuff Enuff, in 1986, which reached number 13 in the charts. Three years later, Vaughan left to collaborate with brother Stevie Ray. Since his departure, The T-Birds have made numerous changes to their roster. At the end of the 2000s, Kim Wilson was the sole original member still on board.