Gary Tackett’s New Blue Eyed Sole Album Has Terrific Blues and So Much More

Gary Tackett ‘s Blue Eyed Sole is his just-released debut album. Although this is the first album under his own name, Gary has been on the music scene both locally and nationally for many years, playing guitar on Merle Haggard’s Blue Jungle album, playing with country star Billy Currington on tour and having played at places from the Oakland Coliseum to the Grand Ol’ Opry. Blues is Gary’s love, though and on Blue Eyed Sole he combines his talent for writing some excellent songs along with a few well-chosen covers. 

Gary has wanted to do the album for a long time. He told the Boise Beat, “I think the reason anyone puts out a physical copy of their, be it a book, cd, painting, is to chisel it in stone (so to speak). It’s permanent. It is legacy. That is why I did it!”. Bringing a lot of the energy he shows in his live performances, Blue Eyed Sole provides some well-chosen blues tunes while not ignoring the elements of his Central Valley Sound/Bakersfield roots, pioneered by such greats as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Gary grew up in Fresno, California, listening and playing that music with his parents and their friends, while along the way listening to ZZ Top, Joe Walsh, Ry Cooder, Duane Allman and blues greats like Albert Collins. These days, he calls Boise home and loves playing the vsrious venues in the Treasure Valley. 

Gary Tackett’s Blue Eyed Sole hits you right out of the gate. Over the Side has that traditional blues sound, throwing in a lead that reminds one of Freddie King with its blend of Texas picking combined with Chicago blues. The Bottle Lies shows Gary Tackett’s penchant for writing not only good songs but intense lyrics. He said about that song, “The Bottle Lies was written in about 10 minutes. It’s not autobiographical, but it could have been. It’s my ‘This could have been you’ song. A tribute to those friends that couldn’t climb back over the side. They just jumped”.

Down By The River lets loose with his signature blues style, a rockin’ blues number that you can’t help dancing to. A Little Bit brings a walking blues style and is another toe-tapper. Old Freight Train shows one of the things Gary is famous for, his slide guitar. He is judicious with his slide use, accenting rather than overwhelming with its use. Updating the classic Bobby Troup song Route 66, not only does he rock out with a country beat but puts the slide to good use in a sizzling lead. 

Gary Tackett’s ode to his country roots is the country-rocker 27 Miles to Bakersfield. This somewhat auto-biographical song tell a great story (who doesn’t love a tour bus story?) as we as showcasing how he can move from blues and rock into some amazing country licks. He takes a much different tack on Shaky Ground, where he covers the Temptations/Delbert McClinton tune, showing his love of R&B and remaining true to the funky vibe. 

Overall, these and the other songs on the album show why Gary Tackett is one of those musicians who other musicians take notice of. Even the album, recorded in Nashville caught many by surprise, with the studio being used to people showing up with a trailer of equipment and guitars. Gary said, “I didn’t even bring a guitar or amp to the studio. I was going to use whatever they had, and go for it. The results were incredible! My tone, my sound came through…”. Indeed, the sound, along with Gary’s voice that is just gritty enough to really bring the songs to life, shows why Gary Tackett’s Blue Eyed Sole is an album worth getting for not only its blues and hard driving songs, but also for one of those rare things in music today—honesty. 

Gary Tackett Band’s Blue Eyed Sole

New Blues Jam Venue: Ironwood Bar and Grill on July 14

The Boise Blues Society Jam


Ironwood Bar & Grill

for JULY 14 JAM

2nd Sunday of each Month

Jam Date & Host Band:
July 14, 2019
Tone Kings

Ironwood Bar & Grill (5467 N Glenwood St,)
Full Bar, Grill Food Menu, and Friendly Wait Staff

3pm to 6pm

Blues Only



The Ironwood Bar & Grill is a family-friendly environment with a stage, large dance floor, and a sound system. Youth are encouraged to participate in jam sessions. BBS mentors will be available to answer any questions these young blues musicians may have. All ages are welcome to come, observe, and learn. Drinks and a selection of grilled food items will be available for sale by the Ironwood Bar & Grill, as well as BBS merchandise.

Each Jam session will be managed by a volunteer appointed by the BBS Board of Directors. The goal to make playing the blues both fun, as well as organized for smooth transitions. The BBS volunteer will be responsible for placing individuals into jam bands and designating the order, or priority, in which individuals and bands will play. Each band or BBS composed jam band, or individual musician will be able to play for 15 minutes (or 3 songs not lasting more than 15 minutes) in order to allow full participation of those wanting to jam.

Hosting Showcase Bands

BBS is seeking host bands that will be showcased at the Jam and play a 30-minute set to start the Jam Session. Host bands will be able to sell their CD’s or other marketing materials to those attending. Musicians in the Host band will also be responsible for covering when the need arises for a bass player, drummer, or another musician. If you have a band and would like to be considered for a Host Band, please send an email to (Dale Wilson) with your email, telephone number, and the name of your band. Host Bands will be selected based on BBS review of the band’s musical performance of at least one blues song by CD, Facebook or Youtube post, or another means of displaying their band’s musical ability. Application to be a Host Band does not assure selection as one.

Jam Players

Individuals and Bands will sign up for the Jam session when they arrive at the Ironwood Bar & Grill. Each Jammer, whether signed in by Band or Individual, will be assigned to play in the order in which they registered to play when they arrived. If a Band is not ready to play at the time called because a member is missing, the Band will be moved down to the next available priority until they arrive; or, the Band may choose to play with an Individual Jammer substituting for the missing player(s).


The Showcase Host Band will be providing a drum kit and bass amplifier for all musicians. BBS will be providing microphones and providing both the sound equipment and sound engineer. Bands or individuals needing a keyboard should bring their own. Other instrument equipment is also the responsibility of the individual or band participating.

We appreciate your support and hope to see you there!

Hamilton Loomis at Playhouse Boise

If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the center of it”, says Guitar Player Magazine. An apt description, as Loomis is one of the young artists at the forefront of bringing blues based American music into the 21st century and redefining it for a contemporary audience. Spanning youth and tradition, Loomis bridges the gap between generations of music-lovers both in the U.S. and around the world, having finished tours in both Europe and the United Kingdom. Hamilton’s extraordinary play on the harmonica and guitar along with his emotion-filled blues vocals are complimented by his highly talented keys/sax musician and a driving bass and drums rhythm section. His mentor, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, Bo Diddley would be proud! Hamilton’s last two shows in Boise have sold out, and for good reason. He is a great musician, performer and entertainer. This will be a show to remember…

Hear 2 of “Ham’s” great songs:

No, No, No:

Sugar Baby:

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Location: Playhouse Boise, 8001 Fairview Ave, Boise

Time: 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Tickets: $18 ( $20 at the Door)

Online Member’s Only Discount Code: Ham19 ($2.00 off each ticket)

Tickets on Eventbrite:

We hope to see you at the show supporting this extraordinary blues musician and the Boise Blues Society.

Best Regards,
Boise Blues Society, Producer

Our latest Blues In The Schools (BITS) Program:

Our latest Blues In The Schools (BITS) Program: The students were instructed to listen to “Before You Accuse Me” by Eric Clapton and then write their own words to that song. We spent the five classes talking a little about Blues but mostly playing and singing the students compositions to them and talking in general about 12-bar blues songwriting.  During the session of this photo. Jesse the school’s choir teacher sat in on acoustic guitar and their teacher Krista played bass.  Fun for the kids, great lyrics from the kids, and fun for volunteer BBS players!  Thanks to BBS volunteers today: Ken Harris, Joe Ryan, Becky Blake, Carmel Crock and Bob Kohnke for presenting the blues to five, 7th grade reading classes.

Spreading knowledge and appreciation of blues music throughout Southern Idaho.