When we last saw Jimmy Thackery in The Village at Squaw Valley at Bluesdays in 2013, he exited the stage while his beat-up 1964 Stratocaster remained on the bandstand, humming and wailing as if it was afraid its owner was going to abandon it.
Thackery has a unique guitar sound and he plays in a fuzzy style similar to Dick Dale’s surf music. His voice is a growl and his sense of humor a bit off-the-wall.
Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers returned to Bluesdays on Tuesday, July 25, in The Village at Squaw Valley. The weekly concert is from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Thackery fronted a Washington, D.C. band, the Nighthawks, for 14 years. It made 20 records before splitting up in 1986, although there are reunion shows. The Drivers began in 1992. It’s hard to total all of Thackery’s albums, but it is at the least more than 40.
“He’s a master guitarist,” says Tinsley Ellis, the esteemed blues rocker from Atlanta.
Thackery lives in Belize, South America.