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True Stories

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After 2002's We Got It, his tribute to soul singer Eddie Hinton, Thackery returns to mostly original material. He acquits himself with the capability of a veteran bluesman; everything here sounds crisp and clean, and the songs are uniformly excellent. Blues-rock isn't a genre known for subtlety and texture, but Thackery's music offers both, whether he's kicking things off with a bang on "Got It Going On," mellowing out with "Blues Man on a Saturday Night," or stomping ahead on "Being Alone." "I Think I Hear the Rain" is as sad and sweet as can be, but then he tightens things up with the likes of "Puttin' Out Fires" and "Dancin' with the Dawg." Like the best musicians, Thackery lets his music do a large share of the storytelling. --Genevieve Williams

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Got It Going On
  2. Blues Man On Satruday Night
  3. Baby's Got The Blues
  4. I Think I Hear The Rain
  5. Snakes In My Mailbox
  6. Dancin' With The Dawg
  7. Too Tired
  8. Being Alone
  9. Puttin' Out Fires
  10. Crazy 'bout A Saxophone
  11. The Messiah Will Come


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000096FU8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,462 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When I reviewed Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers' We Got It, last year I called it their best work to date. I am going to have to retract that statement because, with the release of True Stories (Telarc), it is completely false. The latest from one of the hardest working quartets in the blues started out as a simple album of blues ditties but evolved through both music's natural progression and it's players into a selection of tunes that both collectively and individually took on a life of their own, according to Thackery. Jimmy leaves no doubt that he has arrived as a songwriter writing nine of the album's eleven tracks,three of which were co written with his lovely wife Sally, with all having an anchor in true events and life experiences.This is the first time Thackery has purposefully made an effort to do so through his writing and the results are superlative. The album's opening gritty number "Got it Going On," finds the whole band kicking things out in high gear with Thackery tearing things up with some blazing riffs and saxman Jimmy Carpenter blasting out a most impressive solo. The cool bop of "Bluesman on Saturday Night," may very well become the anthem for all blues musicians with it's tale of the working gentleman who lets it all hang out once Saturday night rolls around, and let it hang out he does with a few invigorating crisp solos. The mellow "Baby's Got The Blues," and " I Think I Hear The Rain," are the album's two most poignant numbers on which we hear a gentler dimension to Thackery's playing leaning more to the melodic side of things. Jimmy is joined on both numbers by the gorgeous voice of Reba Russell on background vocals for the third consecutive album (Oh just put her in the band already Jimmy it'll work perfectly!).Read more ›
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Jimmy Thackery is like a noble, precious, complex red vine: he gets better and better as time elapses. This album is, from my point of view, his best effort so far. His guitar playing and his song writing (for the first time he shares this "duty" with his wife) are becoming more mature, more interesting, and most of all more rich in taste, texture and feeling. After the mostly R&B oriented "We got it", this time Jimmy is more focused on blues and he delivers quite a few ones on this album. The CD kicks off with a rock-blues number on which Jimmy proves that his ability in playing slide is second to none and it continues with a couple of blues that by themselves worth the price of admission: "Blues man on Saturday night" and the slow "Baby's got the blues". Throughout the album Jimmy explore different shadows of the blues, from the Albert Collins influenced "Too tired" to the Texas stile blues "Dancin' with the dawg" to finish with the cover of the Roy Buchanan's slow "The Messiah will come". His singing is strong, and his guitar playing is absolutely outstanding in each single song and the rhythm section, provided by the band, is backing him perfectly. In conclusion a great effort that should finally consecrates Jimmy Thackery as one of the best white blues guitarist around. If you share my passion for the blues don't miss this one. 5 stars!
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Thackery's new CD is aptly titled "True Stories" as Thackery and his wife wrote the nine originals on this 11 track disc based upon their real life experiences. According to Thackery, this is the first time he ever sat down to write an entire set of songs based on true stories. As Thackery puts it, "Pure and simple, this record is my best work." One listen and you will be hard pressed to disagree. In this year of the blues, Thackery not only has written some of his best material, but the Drivers deliver the tunes in a manner which seem to exceed Thackery's normal high standards. A real bright spot here is the sax of Jimmy Carpenter which gives some numbers like "Snakes in My Mailbox" and "Crazy 'bout a Saxophone" a nice jazz feel. As usual, the guitar on Thackery is dead on especially on Roy Buchanan's slow blues number "The Messiah Will Come." Also, the backup vocals of Reba Russell deserve mention and are important to the success of many of the tunes. There is some great music here and with stuff like this, it will be a crowded field at the W.C. Handy event this year.
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