- Released: November 10, 1992
- Label: Blind Pig
Down Beat - 6/93, p.464 Stars
- Very Good - "...Thackery has the tonal control, musical thought, expressive sincerity, velocity, and discipline to rank near the top of the blues-rock heavyweight division...a voice that is virile, desperate, cunning, and no less satisfying than his imposing guitar..."
- 1.Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
- 2.Rude Mood
- 3.Empty Arms Motel
- 4.Lickin' Gravy
- 5.I Can Tell
- 6.Getting Tired Of Waiting
- 7.Honey Hush
- 8.Love To Ride
- 9.Red House
- 10.Last Night
Personnel: Jimmy Thackery (vocals, guitar); Wayne Burdette (bass guitar, background vocals); Mark Stutso (drums, background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Ed Bialatch; Michael Freeman; Roger Heiss.
Recording information: King Snake Studios, Sanford, FL.
Illustrator: Al Brandtner.
Photographer: Marc Norberg.
Not a prolific composer, Thackery's strength lies in strong arrangements that make other people's material his own. He covers Stevie Ray Vaghan's "Rude Mood," and one suspects there will be comparisons made in this direction. His solos burn the motel down on Luther Johnson's "Lickin' Gravy," and he manages a more than credible job on Hendrix's "Red House."
Of the two self-penned numbers, the title track is a convincing boogie driven by an ultra-cool, echoed, chicken-scratch guitar riff, while "Getting Tired of Waiting" offers a more traditional blues shuffle. ~ Roch Parisien