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Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers: Inside Tracks

Read "Inside Tracks" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

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 ...

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Jimmy Thackery: Healin' Ground

Read "Healin' Ground" reviewed by Jim Santella

Jimmy Thackery's feel-good contemporary blues-rock album provides a Healin' Ground for whatever ails ya. He drives his message home with stories to tell and a powerful guitar that talks better 'n most of us during our daily activities, as he communicates on a personal level with his audience.

As “Healin' Ground" drives with its powerful backbeat, Thackery sings of being saved when times are tough. Hey, the times are always tough, and we certainly find ourselves in need ...

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Jimmy Thackery: Healing Ground

Read "Healing Ground" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dear Reader: Go and find a copy of the Nighthawk's Open All Night (Genes, 1976/1995). Cue up the first song, Sonny Boy Williamson's “Nine Below Zero. The singer and guitarist is a youthful James Thackery, veteran of 300-plus shows a year, squeezing out those perfectly streamlined blues licks like they mean something. Fast forward to the present and hear a very different Thackery, one right out of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. Healing Ground is ostensibly a blues album. It is ...

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Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers: True Stories

Read "True Stories" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jim Thackery, when he was part of the Nighthawks, played the most devastating version of Sonny Boy Williamson’s (Rice Miller) "Nine Below Zero" I have ever heard. Thackery played fast and accurate, without a single wasted note, betraying long nights at the roadhouse. Journeyman is the perfect designation for Thackery: he spent the better part of the 1970s and ‘80s touring 300 nights a year. Retiring from that, Thackery took some time off, went through a couple of bands before ...

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Jimmy Thackery and Tab Benoit: Whiskey Store

Read "Whiskey Store" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A smokin’ set from two of the contemporary best...

This disc has everything going for it. There is Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section, Double Trouble. Then, there is that ace harmonica player from Kosciusko, Mississippi, Charlie Musselwhite. And that finally brings us to the two principles, Tab Benoit and James Thackery. The former is a 35 year-old Houma, Louisiana Native who has been stirring up the bayou since the early 1990s with a molten brand of swamp gumbo. The latter ...


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