Jimmy Thackery and Tab Benoit are two veterans of the blues music scene
that have been touring around the county for years. Each one is
excellent in his own way and this CD has both of them backed up with the
solid rhythm section of Double Trouble with Charlie Musselwhite guesting
on harmonica. Live, both of these artists are entertaining and put on a
great show. Jimmy's pyrotechnic abilities on the guitar and Benoits
ability to keep playing killer leads even after breaking multiple
strings on his telecaster are well known to people who have had the good
fortune to see these guys on stage.
This CD shows that two great guitar players can work together and not
get in each others way. That's the mark of true professionals in this
business. For about half the CD, you get covers os various various blues
songs except for two Tab Benoit songs along with 'The Last Time' from
the Rolling Stones of the 60's, Dylans 'Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat' and
Neil Youngs 'Unknown Legend'. All in all quite a diverse range of songs.
'I Ain't Broke' opens up with a fast shuffle which leans towards a mix
of Chuck Berry and southern rock in style. Jimmy kicks butt here on the
guitar trading licks with Reese Wynans on the piano.
'Whiskey Store', the title track is a heavy slow blues song. Lots of
room for long guitar bends and solos squeezed from their weapons of
'Away, Away Too Long' leans towards Tab Benoits southern roots with a
little bit of swing feel to the blues. This song is a bit laid back and
'Strange Things Happen' features Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica, one
of three songs that do on the CD. This is hard core 12 bar blues for the
most part with everyone taking a turn much like a jam session you might
hear at the end of the night at many clubs.
'Nice and Warm', a Tab Benoit original is down and dirty blues. Benoit
takes the lead here. Plenty of soulful leads here.
'Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat' is an old Dylan tune that Thackery takes on.
This is a popular tune with jam bands like Derek Trucks and others.
Thackery does the vocals justice and fo course the guitar playing works
Neil Young's 'Unknown Legend' takes on a Jimmy Buffet style of sound.
Laid back and not forced at all.
'Freddy's Combo' is a tribute to Freddy King and everyone takes turns on
this one. It has a swinging style of blues that leans towards jazzy
'The Last Time' is classic Rolling Stones which gets a little update
with a little more rocking feel to it. This one has a fun feel to it
like everyone was just having a great time recording this song.
Bottom Line: This is a good solid mix of blues and rock & roll with a
good mix of talent from both Thackery and Benoit. Of course Double
Trouble lays down a solid foundation for everyone else to play over. If
you already like Jimmy Thackery and/or Tab Benoit then you should like
this release. This is a good mix of blues and rock & roll. I give it
three stars out of five.
Jimmy Thackery - guitar and vocals
Tab Benoit - guitar and vocals
Charlie Musselwhite - harmonica
Reese Wynans - piano and B3
Tommy shannon - Bass
Chris Layton - Drums
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