Jimmy Thackery

Jimmy Thackery (born May 19, 1953, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States)[1] is an American blues singer, guitarist and songwriter.

Jimmy Thackery
Birth nameJames Thackery
Born (1953-05-19) May 19, 1953 (age 69)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresBlues, rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals, electric guitar
Years active1972–present
LabelsBlind Pig Records, Seymour Records
WebsiteJimmy Thackery's website


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.

Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Washington, Thackery co-founded The Nighthawks with Mark Wenner in 1972 and went on to record over twenty albums with them. In 1986 he began touring with The Assassins, a six-piece original blues, rock and R&B ensemble which he had previously helped start as a vacation band when The Nighthawks took one of their rare breaks. Originally billed as Jimmy Thackery and The Assassins, the band toured the U.S. Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, and Texas regions. The Assassins released a variety of recordings on the Seymour record label, two on vinyl (No Previous Record and Partners in Crime) and the 1989 CD Cut Me Loose.

In the wake of the Assassins 1991 break-up, Thackery has been leading a trio, Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, whose early recordings were for the San Francisco, California based Blind Pig Records. In 2002 Thackery released, We Got It, his first album on Telarc and in 2006, In the Natural State with Earl and Ernie Cate on Rykodisc. In 2007, he released Solid Ice again with The Drivers.[2] His latest album, Spare Keys, was released in 2016.[3]


  • 1985: Sideways in Paradise (first pressing, Seymour no catalog #) (while still with The Nighthawks, this album with John Mooney)
  • 1992: Empty Arms Motel
  • 1993: Sideways in Paradise (with John Mooney)
  • 1994: Trouble Man
  • 1995: Wild Night Out
  • 1996: Drive To Survive
  • 1996: Partners in Crime (with Tom Principato)
  • 1998: Switching Gears
  • 2000: Sinner Street
  • 2000: That's It! (with David Raitt)
  • 2002: We Got It
  • 2002: Whiskey Store" with Tab Benoit)
  • 2003: Guitar (Instrumental/Compilation)
  • 2003: True Stories
  • 2004: Whiskey Store Live (with Tab Benoit)
  • 2005: Healin' Ground
  • 2006: In the Natural State (with the Cate Brothers)
  • 2007: Solid Ice
  • 2008: Live! 2008
  • 2008: Inside Tracks
  • 2010: Live in Detroit
  • 2011: Feel the Heat
  • 2014: Wide Open[4]
  • 2016: Spare Keys

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Richard Skelly (May 19, 1953). "Jimmy Thackery | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  2. ^ [1] Archived December 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Wide Open - Jimmy Thackery | Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Thackery | Album Discography". AllMusic. May 19, 1953. Retrieved November 22, 2015.

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