This week I thought that I would enlighten everybody with another Roy Buchanan song done by a different artist. I’ve been following Jimmy Thackery since the late 70’s when I friend turned me on to this rocking blues band from Washington D.C. called The Nighthawks. Some of you readers out on the East Coast probably have heard of them and maybe even seen them live. Although Jimmy Thackery left The Nighthawks in the 80’s they have been going strong under the leadership of founding member Mark Wenner and his masterful harmonic playing. Back in the 70’s The Nighthawks and George Thorogood were really good friends (Jan Zukowski the bass player for The Hawks even played the with George at “Live Aid”). One story I read on there friendship talked about how “The Hawks” and George Thorogood would be playing on the same street and George would change places with Jimmy and they would jam with the other band.
Since 1979 I have seen Thackery around 15 times (give or take a few). Jimmy is in my top 5 favorite guitarists of all time. Back in the 80’s and 90’s he would play for hours and the best part was we never had to travel far because he always made stops out here in the Bay Area, and it seemed like he was out here almost every year. Now days the shows are not as long but what you do get displays his guitar skills. Besides Buchanan I have heard or seen him do versions of tunes by many great legends. On the widget I have put a link to one of his versions of Red House that really rocks. Jimmy Thackery tours every year so if you have never seen him live I suggest you check out his site and se if he shows up at a venue near you. I’m already looking forward to my annual show next month.
Here is one of Roy’s versions of “Roy’s Bluz” that was taped soon after his 1975 LP Live Stock.