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Thursday, October 20, 2016

White River Records artist: Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers - Spare Keys - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Spare Keys, from Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers and it's quite good. Opening with instrumental, Candy Apple Red, this release is on the road with a surf driven track. Thackery's clean mastery of his trade is evident and pure with lower octave riffs setting the track off nicely. Backed by Rick Knapp on bass and Chris Reddan on drums. On Blues All Night, Thackery switches to a straight up 12 bar giving his a super opportunity to play call and response with his vocal and guitar. Jimmy is a certain master of the 6 string and this track is cool and clean. On slow bluesy ballad, No More Than Me, Thackery belts out the blues and plays beautifully melodic guitar lines. Very nice. One of my favorite tracks on the release, I Even Lost The Blues, follows a cool jazzy line...kind of a modified T-Bone Walker track. With nice round guitar tones, Thackery really works up a lather on this one digging deep for soulful lead runs. Excellent! Another blues rocker with a surf twits, Five Inch Knife, has a cool recurring riff and reverb laden chords. If you don't like this, check your pulse. Same Page On Demand is another of my favorites on the release with with a thematic guitar line and solid bottom. Thackery just sits back and fans the flames on this red hot smoker. Excellent! An R&B frame work on Puttin' The Word Out kind of puts me in mind of a rock version of the Temptations. With focused but scorching guitar riffs, Thackery wields his axe like a flame thrower. Very nice. Bella Noche has the melodic hook of an Eagles track but with a taste of Tex Mex and Thackery's clever guitar work. Very nice. Wrapping the release is The Barber's Guitar, with a reggae and the openness of Mark Knopfler. Thackery has boundless chops and flows from the innovative feel of Jeff Beck to the tele swells of Roy Buchanan but never losing his own signature. This is a really nicely composed release. Check it out.
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