When blues guitarslingers Tab Benoit and Jimmy Thackery teamed up to cut Whiskey Store, their joint studio project of 2002, Blues Revue called it "a rollicking hour-long party."
In the months following the release, the party never let up. Benoit and Thackery—performing collectively as Whiskey Store—packed up their inventory and took their goods on the road in a tour that included a stop at the Unity Centre for Performing Arts in Unity, Maine. The spirits poured fast and hot from the Whiskey Store kegs on that evening in March 2003, and the crowd soaked up every drop.
Whiskey Store Live captures this high-energy performance for the army of blues fans who clamored for more from Benoit and Thackery. The nine-track set is an even hotter version of the guitar duo's compelling 2002 recording. In addition to material from the studio set, this live recording also features a few tracks from each artist's solo recordings on Telarc.
Opening with Thackery's "Freddy's Combo," Whiskey Store Live is a carefully distilled blend of original material with a few chestnuts dug up from the vaults of some of the greats—Bob Dylan's "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat," Percy Mayfield's "Strange Things Happen" and Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine," to name a few. Through it all, Benoit and Thackery pop the cork on some heady brew guaranteed to bring even the toughest blues fans to their knees.
Whiskey Store Live is a guitar record, to be sure, but it's also more than that. Behind the double-barreled attack of these two rock-edged and soul-drenched axemasters is a solid backing unit that includes saxophonist Jimmy Carpenter, keyboardist Ken Faltinson, bassist Carl Dufrene, and drummers Darryl White and Mark Stutso.
Think of Whiskey Store Live as the grain alcohol-injected soundtrack to a return trip to a familiar saloon. Step inside, have a seat and enjoy a shot of your favorite spirits.