Since the `70s, Jimmy Thackery has been a workhorse of fiery guitar blues and crafty songwriting. Thackery became widely known as the innovative guitarist with the Nighthawks, one of the hardest-working and most popular blues bands of the `70s and `80s. Beginning in 1974, the Nighthawks recorded more than 20 albums and constantly toured the U.S., Europe, Canada and Japan. Jimmy was the heart, soul and adrenalin of the Nighthawks' sound during his 14-year tenure with the D.C.-based band, creating a distinctively raw, powerful guitar style and establishing a reputation as a spectacular soloist.
Thackery learned his chops from some of the best possible sources. Besides Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix, he cites Chicago axemaster Otis Rush as a primary influence. Moreover, he learned more than a few licks from playing onstage alongside other blues legends like Muddy Waters, James Cotton and Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson. Thackery left the Nighthawks in 1987 and has had a succesful solo career ever since. Out supporting his newest project, Thackery's ready to do the road time. "I started thinking that I missed the days when I was just a full blown, kick ass trio. I thought it would be fun to go back to that.
Between constant road work with his own band, producing the latest record by his Arkansas friends, the Cate Brothers, recording Whiskey Store with Tab Benoit and touring in support and playing various Nighthawks reunions, Thackery's plate is overflowing, and that's exactly how Thackery likes life - Overflowing.
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