and the Drivers
by Carol Michaud
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues
I've heard it said that Jimmy Thackery is a four hour artist. This does not mean that he gives four hour concerts, it's the distance you should be willing to drive to see one of his shows. It's the distance I traveled to see him when his band headlined at the Open Sky Festival at Big Bear in June '99.
I didn't have to drive quite that far this time (although I would have) when he and his Drivers came to tear up the Railhead in Boulder Station on Februaty 20th. Opening with the instumental "All About My Girl," sax player Jimmy Carpenter was able to display his chops early on. He continued to wow the crowd with the next instrumental, and "Bullfrog Blues."
It was Jimmy T's turn to shine on the next tune, "Sinner Street," which he said had been used in a car commercial. He went right into "Big Fat Woman" from the We Got It CD, then turned vocal duties over to drummer Mark Stutso for the next three songs, which included "Detroit Iron" and "Drive To Survive," the set closer.
The Drivers came out in high gear again in the second set, opening with the instrumental "Don't Lose Your Cool," followed by "It's My Fault Baby." They teased us with a new song from the CD they're planning to release in April, True Stories, called "Crazy About A Saxophone," which of course gave Jimmy C another chance to blow away the crowd.
Next up was the hilarious "Sell The Bitch's Car," which Jimmy T claimed was "to buy myself a new guitar." He treated us to his version of "The Star Spangled Banner" before totally letting loose on the set closer, "Shotgun," which was sung by Jimmy Carpenter. If anyone's keeping track, that's three members of this band that can sing. Well.
The encore provided a preview of another new song from True Stories, "I Got Snakes In My Mailbox." They closed out the evening with "She's Loving My Money Away From Me."
Even though Thackery appears to have his hands full with cars and women, he's literally got his act together musically. Besides Carpenter and Stutso, his band also features talented bassist Ken Faltinson, who played in Luther Allison's band for ten years. They are about as tight as any unit can be, and well on their way to becoming easily a six or even eight hour band.
Las Vegas Blues and Caught Live Too! would like to thank Jimmy Carpenter for all his help.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2003 Moondog Productions
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