Jimmy Thackery and Tab
Nothing like discovering another like soul on your label that typifies what brought you to music in the first place.
Such is the case with Telarcıs latest release, Whiskey Store Live, featuring two of todayıs hottest guitar slingers, Jimmy Thackery and Tab Benoit. I can only imagine that these two meet up along the way while bringing blues to the masses, but hammered out a deal with Telarc when it was found out about their respective labels. The pairing produced a fantastic release in 2002 that just happens to be called Whiskey Store; hence, the live title.
These guys are class guitarists and
always work with the finest rhythm players, Whiskey Store Live no
exception. From Benoitıs band, providing excellent back up is drummer
Darryl White and bassist Carl Dufrene. Rounding out the mix from
Thackeryıs band we have saxophonist Jimmy Carpenter, organist Ken
Faltinson and drummer Mark Stutso. All musicians blend beautifully giving
the impression that theyıve been together forever.
Benoit is a great songwriter as well and contributes two
songs to this collection, including the fast-paced tunes "Bone Pickin'"
and "Bayou Boogie." My favorite has got to be the cover of that classic
Otis Redding song, "These Arms of Mine." Upon first listening you might
very easily think the original somehow made its way onto the disk, but you
soon realize that Benoit just nails the vocals. The majority of this
version allows the players to strut their individual stuff.
--- Bruce Coen
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