- Released: May 31, 1994
- Label: Blind Pig
Down Beat - 11/94, p.663.5 Stars
- Good Plus - "...[Thackery] screams with all-out, Stevie Ray-styled wah-wah abandon on raucous power-trio vehicles....An exceptional axman..."
JazzTimes - 12/94, p.133
"...they pretty much keep the pedal to the metal....smoother and bluesier than most other blues/rockers....Pure blues..."
- 1.Doin' 100
- 2.Trouble Man
- 4.Mercury Blues
- 5.You Came Back To Me
- 6.Don't Lose Your Cool
- 7.Wild Night Out
- 8.Lovin' You Right
- 9.She Needs Everything
- 10.Anchor To A Drowning Man
- 11.Hang Up And Drive
Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers: Jimmy Thackery (guitar, vocals), Peter Bonta (organ), Wayne Burdette (bass), Mark Stutso (drums, vocals).
Recorded at Wally Cleaver's, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Includes liner notes by Dr. Russell J. Linnemann.
All songs written or co-written by James Thackery except "Bullfrog" (Harris), "Mercury Blues" (K.C. Douglas) and "Don't Lose Your Cool" (Albert Collins).
Personnel: Jimmy Thackery (vocals, guitar); Mark Stutso (vocals, drums, background vocals); Peter Bonta (organ).
Liner Note Author: Dr. Russell J. Linnemann.
Recording information: Wally Cleaver's, Fredericksburg, VA.
Photographer: Paul Natkin.
Trouble Man is a hard-driving blues-rock album, with more emphasis on the "rock" than Thackery's other releases. It slows down just long enough for the slightly dark "Lovin' You Right" and the jazzy "Anchor to a Drowning Man," arguably the best cut here. "Doin' 100" and the instrumental "Hang Up and Drive" have a strong Stevie Ray Vaughan sound. Thackery applies a steady, yet light-hearted and uptempo pace to William Harris' "Bullfrog," which has also been covered by the likes of Dave Hole and John Hammond. The K.C. Douglas cover "Mercury Blues" has been recorded by everyone from Steve Miller to Alan Jackson (remember the "Crazy 'bout a Ford truck" commercials?), but this is one of the best versions you're likely to hear. The Albert Collins instrumental "Don't Lose Your Cool" is another highlight of Trouble Man; Thackery attacks the tune while remaining in total control of his instrument, as he always does. If you've seen him live, you can just envision his arms swinging wildly on this one. Trouble Man doesn't quite live up to the material on Empty Arms Motel or Drive to Survive, but you really can't go wrong with any Thackery release. ~ Ann Wickstrom