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ShannonRJ Mischo - He Came To Play Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers - We Got It
{2002 | Telarc}

Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers have been around for a while now. The one and only time I have seen them perform was at Generations (back when they did blues shows.) I was overly impressed by the rhythm and horn section. Thackery has distinct vocals with a rich and gravely sound. His guitar work is also excellent. Jimmy states that "I put all my senses on hold and find the zone and follow what's inside. There's electricity from your mind to your heart to your fingers. You just try and remember to breathe." He was the co-founder of the Nighthawks and ended his time with them in 1987. Since then, Jimmy has been on the road as a solo musician for 15 years doing nearly 300 shows a year. Below you will find a mini review on his latest CD as well as band member information.

The band is:

Jimmy Thackery-guitar & vocals

Ken Faltinson-bass, B3, & piano

Mark Stutso-drums & vocals on track 8

Jimmy Carpenter-sax (pictured w/ Shannon)


Reba Russell-backup vocals

Ernie Cate-keyboards & vocals (track3)

Earl Cate-guitar & backup vocals


Shannon with Jimmy Thackery1. My Searching Is Over-gravely vocals horn, upbeat tempo
2. I Still Want To Be Your Man-groovin' tune
3. Its All Wrong But It's All Right-slow dance mellow song
4. Where'd My Good Friend Go?-hand clappin' & Motown like
5. We Got It-slow, nice and slow love song
6. Blues Dog Prowl-funky surf-like instrumental
7. Blues for Sale- good song about getting rid of blues, heartache, and debt
8. Dangerous Highway-slow, sad love song about meeting women on the road
9. Super Lover-rumba style blues
10. Get Off In It-more slow bluesin'
11. Big Fat Woman-my fav on the disc!

Look at www.jimmythackery.com for more info and tour dates!
We Got It rates a 3.25 of 5 on the STLBluesometer.


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