Blind Pig (2003) 5083
12 tracks, 61 minutes
by Craig Ruskey
Review date: March 2003
"Keeping the Blues Alive Award"|
Achievement for Blues on the Internet
Presented by The Blues Foundation
The discography of Jimmy Thackery includes a wide-ranging list of accomplishments and with his new,
all-instrumental Guitar disc, there's more than enough searing blues-rock madness to please
his large base of followers. The opener, Hang Up & Drive sounds like a blending of Freddy King
and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and for Roy's Bluz, there's a sincere tip of the hat to the late Mr.
Buchanan with a trunkload of harmonic pyrotechnics and blazing runs. Sinner Street is a
rumbling surf-like rocker while Apache is a return to the 1960s with lots of reverb-drenched
licks. Edward's Blues, a brooding grinder, recalls Eddie Cochran's rockabilly-fused blues
workout from years ago, while Blues 'Fore Dawn is another well-honed grinder with nicely
restrained guitar. Burford's Bop is a jumping ride laced with excellent six-string and Thackery
handles the affair with taste, and All About My Girl is a driving double-shuffle with careening
work that occasionally touches down in Albert Collins territory. Last Night should be quickly
recognized, as many bar bands use this rumbler for a break tune, but the real surprises come in the
form of three previously unissued 'live' tracks from 1994; Duke Robillard steps in for some fret-melting
swing on Jump For Jerry with a bouncing backbeat and and some fine sax from Jimmy
Carpenter, the seven-minute Jimmy's "Rude Mood" where Thackery takes off at breakneck
speed, and Jimmy's Detroit Boogie, which rides along a familiar John Lee Hooker underpinning.
While purists might head for the hills at the mention of Jimmy Thackery's name, those who prefer
sweltering leads, rock-edged rhythms, and crumbling technique will be amply satisfied. Those who own
all of Thackery's work will want it for the unissued tracks alone, but it's also a well-conceived idea with
more than an hour of all-instrumental guitar wielding in one disc.
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