Jimmy Thackery Healin' Ground
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- Released: April 26, 2005
- Label: Telarc
Living Blues - pp.52-53"The minor scale instrumental 'Fender Bender' bursts out while 'Let The Guitar Do The Work' reveals the real reason young men take guitar lessons. Here, Thackery's emotional lead guitar shines..."
- 1.Let the Guitar Do the Work
- 2.Fender Bender
- 3.Healin' Ground
- 4.Had Enough
- 5.Devil's Toolbox
- 6.Weaker Than You Know
- 7.Upside of Lonely
- 8.Kickin' Chicken
- 9.Get Up
- 10.Shot in the Dark
- 11.Can't Lose What You Never Had
Personnel: Jimmy Thackery (vocals, guitar, slide guitar); Jimmy Thackery; Kevin McKendree (piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Michael Rhodes , Steve Mackey (bass guitar); Mark Stutso (vocals, background vocals); Kenny Greenberg (guitar); Jimmy Hall (harmonica, background vocals); Gary Nicholson (keyboards); Lynn Williams, Tom Hambridge (drums).
Audio Mixer: David Z. .
Recording information: Fearless Recording, Nashville, TN (11/2004); Island Bound Studio, Nashville, TN (11/2004).
One of America's best blues-rock guitarists, Jimmy Thackery plays hard-driving music that is best suited for the stage, but this album does him justice. He can get down and boogie with the best of them (as he shows on the good-natured opener, "Let the Guitar Do the Work"), play a stunning instrumental ("Fender Bender"), or just plain rock hard ("Devil's Toolbox"), and his music is leavened with a sense of humor -- listen to him rework Henry Mancini's "A Shot in the Dark" as a sort of surf blues. This is not really subtle music, but it's all mightily effective, and Thackery is a seasoned enough professional not to become self-indulgent with his solos. He gets in, does the job, and gets out again. You might not find any stunning innovations in his music, but that's not why you listen to him anyway. He's just a hell of a player and singer. And the closer, Muddy Waters' "Can't Lose What You Never Had," offers him the chance to show off those mighty slide guitar chops. ~ Chris Nickson
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