Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

362

Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers: Inside Tracks

Mike Perciaccante By

Sign in to view read count
On the eleventh Drivers CD, Jimmy Thackery seems to be showing off his talent as a songwriter. Known mostly for his guitar virtuosity, Thackery has truly matured as a lyricist with this release. While he will never be confused with Paul McCartney or Chris Difford, he does hold his own on Inside Tracks.

On the disc, Thackery continues to mine the elusive Americana musical genre by blending country, R&B, a bit of surf music and a whole lot of blues; all of which fit seamlessly together within his trademark sound. Backed by Mark Bumgarner on bass, Earl Cate on guitar and Mark Stutso on drums, Thackery delivers the goods on the socially conscious "Change The Rules" and "Just a Feeling" as well as "Blinking of an Eye," a song about loss and heartache.

Although he is stretching his muse by setting his music to lyrics, it is on the album's instrumentals that he really shines. The most attention-grabbing, thought-provoking and ultimately most moving track is the closer "(You Got Me) Now What You Gonna Do," which sounds like Duane Eddy meets Les Paul, as played by Chet Atkins, with the result bright, moving and brilliant. Another instrumental, "Landlocked," sounds like a classic Thackery tune and a classic surf-guitar anthem combined.

Thackery also shines on his cover of Chuck Berry's cross-country driving anthem "Promised Land." His take on the song is bouncy, enthusiastic and warm, and with its countrified blues sound, the song fits very well on this collection.

Long-time fans might not immediately welcome Thackery circa 2008; the tracks on the CD are slightly out of his audience's comfort zone. If only because he has taken the Drivers in a new direction (though not completely outside of their element), the album requires more than one listen to be fully appreciated. Although less bluesy and more within the realm of twangy and rocking country, Inside Tracks still features some fiery, razor-sharp six string, and that trademark Thackery strut.


Track Listing: All Because of You; Blinking of an Eye; Change the Rules; Eat It All; Just a Feeling; Landlocked; Promised Land; That Dog Won't Hunt; What Part of 'No'; (You Got Me) Now What You Gonna Do.

Personnel: Jimmy Thackery: guitar, vocals; Mark "Bumpy Rhodes" Bumgarner: bass; Earl Cate: guitar; Mark Stutso: drums, vocals.

Title: Inside Tracks | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Telarc Records

Tags

Watch

comments powered by Disqus

Album Reviews
Read more articles
Inside Tracks

Inside Tracks

Telarc Records
2008

buy
Healin' Ground

Healin' Ground

Telarc Records
2005

buy
Healing Ground

Healing Ground

Telarc Records
2005

buy
True Stories

True Stories

Telarc Records
2003

buy
Whiskey Store

Whiskey Store

Telarc Records
2002

buy

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read The Martian's Playground Album Reviews
The Martian's Playground
By Geno Thackara
January 24, 2019
Read Ex Nihilo Album Reviews
Ex Nihilo
By Chris May
January 24, 2019
Read Path Of Totality Album Reviews
Path Of Totality
By Roger Farbey
January 24, 2019
Read Time Like This Album Reviews
Time Like This
By John Sharpe
January 24, 2019
Read Bulería Brooklyniana Album Reviews
Bulería Brooklyniana
By Dan Bilawsky
January 23, 2019
Read At The Hill Of James Magee Album Reviews
At The Hill Of James Magee
By Mark Corroto
January 23, 2019
Read Stomping Off From Greenwood Album Reviews
Stomping Off From Greenwood
By Mike Jurkovic
January 23, 2019