"Blues-rock isn't a genre known for subtlety and texture, but Thackery's music offers both." —Amazon.com
For more than three decades, Jimmy Thackery has carved a unique niche in the blues landscape by developing and honing a style that's equal parts traditional blues and electrified blues rock. Armed with fiery guitar chops, a growling vocal attack and a lean but powerful bass-and-drum backup unit known as the Drivers, Thackery has criss-crossed the blues circuit, in the States and worldwide, with a multi-layered style that pays homage to every spectrum of the blues experience from the Delta masters to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. After two highly successful solo albums on Telarc, We Got It (CD-83540) in 2002 and True Stories (CD-83572) in 2003, along with two synergistic collaborations with fellow axemaster Tab Benoit, Whiskey Store (CD-83559) in 2002 and Whiskey Store Live (CD-83584) in 2004, Thackery has his feet well planted in Healin' Ground (CD-83624), an 11-track mix of gut-wrenching blues and high-octane rockers set for release on April 26, 2005. Healin' Ground opens with "Let the Guitar Do the Work," a rockabilly-flavored barnburner that pays tribute to sexually magnetic powers of a well-played guitar. The followup track, "Fender Bender," is an instrumental rocker that pays tribute to the guitar for which it's named and evokes the spirit of the Ventures, Dick Dale and other past purveyors of the crunchy electric sound. Thackery offers up two more equally satisfying instrumental tracks later in the set with the swing-laced "Kickin' Chicken" and the retro-flavored "A Shot in the Dark." Thackery's rock sensibilities are still very much at work in "Devil's Toolbox," an uptempo but earnest appeal for tolerance and charity in a world riddled by temptation, greed and other vices. "Weaker Than You Know," the lament of a jilted lover, jumps back and forth in tempo between earnest ballad and barroom blues. "Get Up" is a churning, R&B flavored track that chronicles the endless miles and relentless pace of a travelling musician, while "Can't Lose What You Never Had," closes the set on a late-night, last-call note filled with Thackery's tasty slide guitar work and solid piano underscoring by pianist Kevin McKendree. In addition to McKendree, the album features a crew of solid session players: guitarist Kenny Greenberg, bassists Steve Mackey and Michael Rhodes, drummers Lynn Williams and Tom Hambridge, keyboardist (and producer) Gary Nicholson and backing vocalist Mark Stutso. All of these fine players come together behind Jimmy Thackery, a seasoned and versatile guitarslinger of the highest order. Check out this blues-rock romp and dig the Healin' Ground.