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Jimmy Thackery

Ex-Nighthawks guitarist Jimmy Thackery has been playing his own brand of blues-tinged rock as a solo artist for some twenty years now (he left the Nighthawks in 1987) and there's no denying that he's a first-class guitarist with a sharp ear for tone and a knack for perfectly placed fills and evocative leads. His quavering, shaky voice is a problem, though, and while he conjures up the feel of an old veteran country singer on some of his slower numbers, his singing often lacks the punch, power and sass of his guitar playing on the more upbeat material. You don't buy a Jimmy Thackery album for the vocals, though, and fans of his crisp guitar work won't be disappointed at all with Solid Ice, which comes packed with wonderful riffs and multi-tracked leads

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Tab Benoit: Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit

Read "Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Louisiana-born guitarist and singer Tab Benoitis from so deep in the wetlands that it's almost all ocean. Hailing from Houma, the seat of Terrebonne Parish, Benoit has indisputable bayou bona fides and the exposure to that musical and cultural melting pot called the Gulf Rim that comes with it. Telarc's Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit ...

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New Tab Benoit Compilation from Telarc/Concord Coming April 3

New Tab Benoit Compilation from Telarc/Concord Coming April 3

In a career of more than two decades, blues guitarist/vocalist Tab Benoit has generated an impressive body of work—every note of it rooted in the rich and centuries-old musical and cultural traditions of his native Louisiana. While his earliest recordings and performances may have established him as a genuine blues musician, his ever-expanding body of work ...

Inside Tracks

Label: Telarc Records
Released: 2008
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.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

Healin' Ground

Label: Telarc Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Let the Guitar Do the Work; Fender Bender; Healin' Ground; Had Enough; Devil's Toolbox; Weaker Than You Know; Upside of Lonely; Kickin' Chicken; Get Up; A Shot in the Dark; Can't Lose What You Never Had.

Healing Ground

Label: Telarc Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Jimmy Thackery: lead guitar, slide guitar and vocals; Kenny Greenberg: guitar, rhythm guitar; Steve Mackey: bass; Kevin McKendree: piano, Hammond organ; Lynn Williams: drums; Michael Rhodes: bass; Tom Hambridge: drums; Gary Nicholson: keyboard pad; Jimmy Hall: harmonica, backing vocal; Mark Stutso: vocal, backing vocal.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

True Stories

Label: Telarc Records
Released: 2003
Track listing: Got It Going On; Blues Man On A Saturday Night; Baby


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