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He's looking back on a 35-plus years career, and he's still one of the finest roots and blues... more

THACKERY, Jimmy & THE DRIVERS: Feel The Heat

He's looking back on a 35-plus years career, and he's still one of the finest roots and blues guitar players out there. His music is rooted in the sixties with guitar players like Lonnie Mack, or Freddie King. 'Feel The Heat', an excellent showcase for Jimmy's skills, is focusing on the different facets of his guitar playing. Mostly new songs, recorded in the classic guitar trio line-up. Recommended. - Digipak. JIMMY THACKERY -gtr/voc, MARK BUMGARNER - bass, RUSS WILSON - drums/voc.

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01 Feel The Heat THACKERY, Jimmy & THE DRIVERS
02 Ain't Gonna Do It THACKERY, Jimmy & THE DRIVERS
03 Blind Man In The Night THACKERY, Jimmy & THE DRIVERS
04 Hang Up And Drive THACKERY, Jimmy & THE DRIVERS
05 Please Accept My Love THACKERY, Jimmy & THE DRIVERS
06 Take My Blues THACKERY, Jimmy & THE DRIVERS
07 Bluphoria THACKERY, Jimmy & THE DRIVERS
08 I'll Be Your Driver (Where You Wanna Go) THACKERY, Jimmy & THE DRIVERS
09 Bomb The Moon THACKERY, Jimmy & THE DRIVERS
11 Wannabe THACKERY, Jimmy & THE DRIVERS
12 Fading Heart THACKERY, Jimmy & THE DRIVERS
Jimmy Thackery Jimmy Tackery, born May 19, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,and raised... more

Jimmy Thackery

Jimmy Tackery, born May 19, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,and raised in Washington, D.C., has learned his skills first hand from the old blues masters. "Muddy was one of those guys who was constantly encouraging. He never told you what to do, but he always told you what you were doing wrong. He never minced words about that. The first time on stage with Muddy, I was in such awe of him that I just kept my eyes and ears open and just picked up on everything he did. It was the dynamics they had that became so ingrained in us. We heard it on the records and then stood on stage and saw how it worked."

Along with Mark Wenner he founded The Nighhawks in the early 1970s working with the East coast quartet for the next 15 years, doing more than 300 shows a year.

The Nighthawks had a loyal fanbase who enjoyed their special blend of Muddy Waters style Chicago blues and Sun Records-fueled Memphis style rockabilly and rock ’n’ roll.

Tired of being on the road all year round, Thackery left The Nighthawks in 1987 leaving behind a legacy of great albums. 

He wanted the opportunity to write and put newer material into the sets. First he formed a six piece R&B band, the Assassins, an all-star R&B, funk band from the DC area, and recorded three albums with them. Then, in 1992, Thackery put together his three piece band called the Drivers to highlight his explosive guitar and hit the blues highway.“When you're out on your own, you'd better rise to the occasion. So I found myself back in the 300 night niche. What made that satisfying is that it was my ship and I was the captain of it. We were doing material that I was writing. We were doing arrangements that I came up with."

During the following years he has recorded eight discs for Blind Pig Recods in Chicago.

His first record, ’Empty Arms Motel’, was released in 1992. After leaving Blind Pig, Jimmy Thackery released two album on Telarc plus two collaborations with Tab Benoit and a critically acclaimed reunion with his old friend David Raitt on Patrick Ford’s Blue Rock’It label.

Thackery continues to record and tour frequently.


Few guitarists working the blues circuit today can boast a signature sound as unique as Jimmy Thackery’s. As far from an SRV clone as one can be while still playing a Stratocaster, Thackery combines elements of Nashville twang, swing, surf, hard rock, and frequent excursions into the world of jazz and still comes up with a sound that is still distinctlythe blues“– Bob Dragich, Vintage Guitar Magzine

By Bob Dragich

Based on the bio on www.jimmythackery.comDetlev Hoegen, February 2019

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