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Jimmy Thackery And The Drivers

Singer, 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. By the late '80s, he was touring and recording under his own name, and finding widespread acceptance on the festival circuit. His hard-edged, tough-as-nails approach to guitar playing and his trio's driving rhythm section holds appeal for fans of both the straight-ahead blues of Muddy Waters and the roots rock of Bruce Springsteen and Joe Grushecky. Like the Nighthawks and Grushecky's Houserockers, much of the material Thackery performs can safely be called blues or blues-rock. Hardcore blues like "It's My Own Fault" and popular blues-rock chestnuts like "Red House" from Jimi Hendrix are fair game for Thackery & His Drivers, which included Michael Patrick on bass and Mark Stutso on drums and vocals.

Born in Pittsburgh, Thackery was raised in Washington, D.C. In high school, he played in a band with Bonnie Raitt's brother, David, who exposed him to the music of Buddy Guy; Thackery saw both Guy and Jimi Hendrix perform in Washington, D.C. Thackery joined the Nighthawks in 1974, after being introduced to harmonica man Mark Wenner by fellow guitarist Bobby Radcliff, who was then based in D.C. Thackery recorded more than 20 albums with the Nighthawks and toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. He left the band in 1987 and struck out on his own, needing a break from the Nighthawks' 300-nights-a-year tour schedule.

He formed a new band, Jimmy Thackery & the Assassins, and toured the East Coast heavily with that band until they split up in 1991. Thackery then formed a trio, Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers, quickly forging a name for himself on the blues festival and club circuit through a prolific recording pace and a lot of roadwork. His albums for the San Francisco-based Blind Pig label included Empty Arms Motel (1992), Sideways in Paradise (Jimmy Thackery and John Mooney, 1993), Trouble Man (1994), Wild Night Out! (1995), Drive to Survive (1996), Switching Gears (1998), and Sinner Street (2000). The latter added saxophone player Jimmy Carpenter. In 2002, Thackery signed on with the blues division of Telarc Records, releasing We Got It in 2002 followed by True Stories in 2003, Live in 2004, and Healin' Ground in 2005. Switching to Rykodisc, he released In the Natural State in 2006, followed by Solid Ice on Telarc Records in 2007. Inside Tracks appeared a year later in 2008, also from Telarc Records.

His 1998 album includes guest performances by Joe Louis Walker, Lonnie Brooks, Chubby Carrier, and Francine Reed, but any of Thackery's albums will delight fans of tough, heavy, driving guitar playing. 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. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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Sold the b**ch's car and bought a cool guitar!!
iramoe4
Where the hell is Cool Guitars?????
mrschaffins
like his playing...re a l l y fine
dellison3
Our band, The Mist Water Spring Band opened for the Tattoos of the Blues twice, once at Lucketts and again at a huge field party off Zulla road in Middleburg VA. I gotta tell ya, watching Jimmy would make me go home and wood shed like a mutha. I found a place to take a nap at the field party and when I woke up @ 4 AM, Jimmy was playing harp and Mark was playing guitar, I think Pete and Jan had switched up, too, Heh, heh. The funniest thing was that they were rockin' as hard as before. Miss them
I was thrilled to meet Mr. Thackery at the World Famous Buckingham Blues Bar. I've been a fan for a long time but seeing him live was a whole nother experience. You know right away you have a master playing in front of you. I got some really good pictures of him doing things to his guitar that are down right scary. Can you imagine how much he's got rolling around in his head. WOW!!!!!!! what a show.
I got to meet the man several times and have see in in a couple states here in the east. I've seen some of the big name stars like Clapton or Jerry Garcia and I swear there are times I think Jimmy might be the best there is. I keep hoping he'll miss Mark Wenner's harp and call me up to play with him. I could be the 3rd Driver, oh yeah!
hamiltonvick i e
Its was a sweet feeling listening to Jimmy Thackert and the Drivers. Sometimes the first time is good.

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