Singer, songwriter, and guitar virtuoso Jimmy Thackery carved an enviable niche for himself in the world of electric blues. Thackery spent fourteen years as part of The Nighthawks, the Washington, D.C. based blues and roots rock ensemble. After leaving the Nighthawks in 1986, Thackery toured under his own name.
Here Jimmy Thackery plays sounds out of this world on his Fender Stratocaster. You have to see and hear this.
He’s one of the few blues guitar players who learned first-hand from the masters of the blues, not off a blues record or DVD.
Thackery has lived the life of a true road warrior; he’s assimilated the artistic lessons of life and filtered them into his guitar playing and songwriting. To get where he is today, Jimmy has traveled a road of life filled with a series of twists and turns. He met all the right people and they have had a permanent influence on him.
Blues is a musical genre known as the folklore of African-American musicians. Its origins are associated with the southern states of the USA, that is the region conventionally called the “deep south”. The very name of the genre (sadness, despair) is related to its nostalgic form, also in the textual layer. Blues pieces touch male-female relationships as well as feelings and emotions (love, loneliness, faithfulness, jealousy). However, blues performers often sing about freedom, work and travel. The songs also feature social criticism relating mainly to racial inequality and political issues.
Many artists are inspired by blues music and combine it with other styles. In this way, such musical mergers as punk blues, soul blues or blues rock. The popularity of this genre in the USA has led to the emergence of regional varieties, such as Louisiana, New Orleans, Texas and Detroit blues. There are also factions characteristic of other countries – British blues and African blues.