Thackery & The Drivers: "Drive To Survive"
songwriter, and guitar virtuoso Jimmy Thackery carved
an enviable niche for himself in the world of electric
blues. Known for his gritty, blue-collar approach and
marathon live shows, Thackery was for many years part
of the Nighthawks, one of the hardest-working
blues bar bands in North America."
"For a taste of his thorough mastery of several
styles, Drive to Survive touches on
rockabilly, jazz, bebop, and surf music. Most of Thackery's
albums include at least a few covers mixed in with his
batch of self-penned songs."
Johnson: "The Complete Syl Johnson on Hi Records"
rollicking vocalist and gifted harmonica player, Syl Johnson
has forged a career in both blues and soul. The brother
of bassist Mac Thompson and guitarist/vocalist
Jimmy Johnson, Syl Johnson sang and played
with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, and Junior
Wells in the '50s before recording with Jimmy Reed for
Vee-Jay in 1959. He made his solo debut that same year
with Federal. Johnson toured with Howlin' Wolf from late
1959 until 1962, when Willie Mitchell signed him to Hi
Records. Johnson recorded for both Twilight and
Hi in the late '60s and early '70s, clicking with the
dance/novelty cut "Come on Sock It to Me" and
crackling message track "Is It Because I'm Black?"
He had his biggest hit with "Take Me to the River"
in 1975, reaching number seven on the R&B charts."