Jimmy Thackery review…October 30, 2014…

JIMMY THACKERY

EXTRA JIMMIES

BLIND PIG CD  BPCD 8014

WRITE IF YOU FIND LOVE–YOU UPSET ME BABY–RUDE MOOD–I GOT TO BE STRONG–LICKIN’ GRAVY–TAKE ME WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO–LOVE TO RIDE–TROUBLE MAN–I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING–HONEY HUSH–FLYIN’ LOW–EMPTY ARMS MOTEL–MONKEY

We have been fans of Jimmy Thackery since his Seventies days with the Nighthawks, right on thru his illustrious solo career.  Blind Pig has just released “Extra Jimmies,”  thirteen cuts culled largely from 1992-1998, and mostly from out-of-print CD’s.

Over these cuts, Jimmy’s guitar and rough-hewn, soulful vocals lead the way, as we are treated to some of his classics and some choice covers.  The set starts with the ultimate kiss-off song to a lover, “Write If You Find Love,  since runnin’ around is all you think of!”  “You Upset Me Baby” and “Honey Hush” gives Jimmy a chance to rock, while he just plain lets hs guitar do the talkin’ on the classic instrumental, “Rude Mood.”

Jimmy shows us some cool New Orleans flavor on a couple of cuts, too.  “I Got To Be Strong” and “Take Me With You When You Go” both explore that second-line pattern, the latter featuring Chubby Carrier on squeezebox.

We had two favorites, both at opposite ends of the blues spectrum.  The deep, rich, slow blues of “You got me Lickin’ Gravy, baby, because your meat is too high to buy!”  shows Jimmy at his most powerful.  And, the set closes with “Monkey,” an all-out rocker that tells the tale of an “evil-hearted woman” who’s only out for herself!  Jimmy rips off one scalding solo after another on this one, and has a tremendous amount of fun!

Jimmy Thackery has been a major player on the contemporary scene for some forty years, and just keeps on rockin. “Extra Jimmies”  is an excellent overview of some of his best works!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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