if any of you good folks out there are fans of the TV series
on FX Network called JUSTIFIED,
starring Timothy Oliphant, you might have heard our tune,
TAKE MY BLUES playing during
a scene in the season premiere episode.
We were tickled that it was chosen for the broadcast and hope
to, perhaps, get played in another episode later in the season.
There is a snippet of the song on the shows website which
you can check out along with a link back to this page! Very
Meanwhile, the agents are putting together another extensive
US tour that will be posted here shortly.
As always,this site is THE place for available CDs and cool
T-shirts and other stuff. Don't forget the two digital downloads
available here (see below) - as we'll as iTunes and CD BABY!
- Let us know what you think! Send us an Email: email@example.com
Order your CDs, T's and downloads today! And, by all means,
keep an eye out for live appearances in your town or nearby.
We need your support, kids! We luv ya!
~ Jimmy, Bump, and Bam-Bam ~
Yes,time for another Drivers road trip and cartoon adventure!
Latest addition to the website is an updated schedule
on our "SHOWS
PAGE" that should cover October and November.
AND! .... an added bonus! Here, ijust below, is a link
to download our two brand new songs:
WHO'S CRYING is an old style soul ballad that
laments the sad unseen of society while HARD LUCK
MAN is a big ol' power trio rocker!
Each tune is available for a buck from iTunes or CD
The link here will take you to the CD Baby download
site directly. Just click on SINGLE DOWNLOADS or the
link provided here.
So ... We've loaded up the truck and we are ready
to rock! Hope to see you all at the shows and, remember,
have CDs for sale at the gigs or you can order
directly from here!
And a special thanks to Mark Puskarich and Cody at
Tony's Treasures Studio for the great job of recording!
THACKERY THE DRIVERS featuring JP SOARS AND THE HYDRAULIC
AS LIVE AS IT GETS - White River BLUES
Many renowned acts have graced the stages of the Legendary
Rhythm & Blues Cruises over the years, performing
sets as legendary as the cruise name itself. This
is one of them. Recorded on the floating blues lounge
atop Pacific swells in October of 2011, this matchup
consisting of Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers and JP
Soars & the Hydraulic Horns is a 2-CD set of blazing
guitar and saxophone fronted blues. Thackery, the
veteran D. C. blues icon, exchanges scorching licks
with JP Soars in a fine display of camaraderie and
For the unaware, Soars, along with his band The Red
Hots, won first place in the International Blues Challenge
in Memphis in 2009. Known for proficiency in multiple
genres, Soars also won the distinguished Albert King
Award for most promising guitarist. So the addition
of JP Soars to the Jimmy Thackery trio is exciting
enough. Add to the mix the tenor sax of Joe McGlohon
and the baritone of Jim Spake and you've got a fully
charged blues event.
A show highlight is Thackery's slow blues "Blind
Man in the Night," originally from his Feel The
Heat album. The intense number features searing guitar
notes amid Thackery's throaty emotional vocal performance.
Thackery's own "Kickin' Chicken" brings
the first CD to a rollicking jump blues instrumental
close. The focus is on the whole band in this one.
There's a few traditional titles performed in a hard
driving blues style. Dual sax and a familiar riff
begin a cover of Guitar Slim's "A Letter To My
Girlfriend." The New Orleans swag is augmented
by nifty six-string and horn solo exchanges. An exhilarating
sax solo begins a 16-minute slow blues cover of Muddy
Waters' "Gypsy Woman." A familiar Muddy
Waters' riff rocks the boat behind Thackery's gritty
voice in Johnny Guitar Watson's "Gangster Of
Love." The whole band kicks ass in a rollicking
version of H. E. Owens' "The Hustle (Is On)."
J. B. Lenoir's "I've Been Down So Long"
ends the show with twenty minutes of slow blues improv,
perfect for mellowing out on the Pacific.
Jam band blues is what many of the tracks are about,
as ten-minute songs are the average. Two are close
to twenty minutes in length, giving the first CD five
songs and the second four. The songs fly off in improvisational
blues heaven, in which each performer solos without
restraint alongside The Drivers' rhythm section of
bassist Mark "Bumpy Rhodes" Bumgarner and
drummer George "Bam Bam" Sheppard. The sound
is rich and full, but it never gets excessive. The
guitars and horns execute a proper musical balance,
forefront and in the background, and they don't get
in each others' way. Thackery mentions in the CD liner
notes that nothing was added in the studio afterward.
What's heard is what was played onstage. The satisfying
music heard on this solid live album is a good display
of the pleasurable experience people get from these
blues cruises. This is what it's all about.
time has come! The biscuits have come out of the oven
and are ready to serve!
As you can see, the new CD, AS LIVE AS IT GETS
is up for sale and what a collection it is!
This baby was recorded on the Legendary Rhythm And Blues
Cruise in October of 2011 and we were fortunate enough
to include our friends, JP Soars and The Hydraulic
Horns for this week of fun, sun and blues with emphasis
Really, what a great group of musicians to have on board
a big ol' cruise ship, playing and sailing down through
the ocean for a whole week.
JP Soars is one of the great new up and coming
blues players that has come on the scene and just turned
everyone upside down with his rootsy, pure, energetic
brand of boogie. Couple this with THE HYDRAULIC HORNS
and THE DRIVERS rhythm section and you've got the ingredients
for a musical feast for the ears. Joe McGlohon
on tenor sax and Jim Spake on baritone really
made for some special moments that will leave you breathless.
We hadn't planned on recording at all - we just played
to the enthusiastic crowds. Thankfully, sound tech extraordinaire,
Steve Spirn hit the red button and this double
disc is the result.
We did do a couple of fun nights with this lineup at
THE DOUBLE DOOR in Charlotte, North Carolina,
just to work out any rough spots. Then, it was fly to
San Diego to board The Zaandam and start the
festivities! We hope you will order this disc and enjoy
it in the spirit of the fun we had making it.
As for other news, you might have noticed a very pretty,
gold guitar here and on our Email Newsletter. This is
the DELUXE GOLDEN BIRD designed as a signature
model by yours truly and famous luthier and guitar builder,
Packed with loads of cool features that distinguish
it from anything else on the market, it sports three
noisless P90 pickups from the cool folks at Joe Barden
Engineering and is equipped with the new Thackery/
Brinkley Vibrato System. This new invention allows
for right or left - handed control and is easily removed
for re-attachment on The Golden Bird or any Gibson style
axe with a stop tailpiece string anchor. Check it out
by clicking the Golden Bird icon!
As you can see, we are packing on the tour dates, courtesy
of the folks at Intrepid Artists, so keep your
eyes on this site for dates close to you this season.
Don't forget our tee shirts as well and our other discs
are available right here so, pick up yours today and
come out to see us as we travel all over creation doing
what we love the most: Playing AS LIVE AS IT GETS!
Jimmy, Bumpy, and George ~
411 - The Home For Blues News - Featured article "JP
Sours: Blues-Metal Mania"
No one has ever crammed more great music into the guitar
trio format than Mr. Thackery. The venerable road warriors
formidable chops, combined with his phenomenally broad
roots-music lexicon makes for multiple-chorus solo romps
that are just as eargrabbing a dozen verses in as when
they begin. The instrumental burner Hang Up And
Drive on Thackerys latest offering is a worthy
testament to this signature trait of his live
sets. His masterful lead work here also lights up several
vocal tracks handled in very respectable bar-band fashion
by his sidemen. But even the vocal highlights on Feel
The Heat belong to the gruff-voiced leader for his efforts
on the self-penned Take My Blues and Wannabe.
Cate Brother Ernie guests vocally on a most soulful closer,
Fading Heart. The very few players Thackery
doesnt step clear over, he stands with toe-to-toe
as one of the very best around. ~ Duane Verh (Jazz
& Blues Report)