Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers – Empty Arms Motel (1992)

Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers - Empty Arms Motel (1992)
Artist: Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers
Album: Empty Arms Motel
Label: Blind Pig Records
Year Of Release: 1992
Format: FLAC (image+.cue)
Paying The Cost To Be The Boss 4’04
Rude Mood 4’39
Empty Arms Motel 3’39
Lickin’ Gravy 6’18
I Can Tell 4’21
Getting Tired Of Waiting 3’51
Honey Hush 4’06
Love To Ride 4’55
Red House 5’59
Last Night 4’28


Not a prolific composer, Thackery’s strength lies in strong arrangements that make other people’s material his own. He covers Stevie Ray Vaghan’s “Rude Mood,” and one suspects there will be comparisons made in this direction. His solos burn the motel down on Luther Johnson’s “Lickin’ Gravy,” and he manages a more than credible job on Hendrix’s “Red House.”

Of the two self-penned numbers, the title track is a convincing boogie driven by an ultra-cool, echoed, chicken-scratch guitar riff, while “Getting Tired of Waiting” offers a more traditional blues shuffle.
Review by Roch Parisien

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