Jimmy Thackery - photo by Alan GrossmanWhether Jimmy Thackery headlines a festival in South Dakota or jams for hours in one of numerous blues bars that dot the musical landscape, he’ll always unleash an intense volley of rockin’ blues guitar guaranteed to leave crowds emotionally spent. His double-edged guitar dynamics allow him to fire off tracer missiles, bend a note that will fit under a limbo bar, run off dive bomber riffs, and find space within the trembling of one stinging note. “I put all my senses on hold and find the zone and follow what’s inside. There’s an electricity from your mind to your heart to your fingers. You just try and remember to breathe.”

He’s one of the few blues guitarists who learned first hand from the masters of the blues, not off a blues record or DVD. Though most associate Jimmy with his 15 years as the co-founder of the Nighthawks, he ended his time with them in 1987. Since then, Jimmy has been on the road as a solo musician for 15 years doing nearly 300 shows a year and proving each night that he is still the guitar powerhouse in the blues.

Jimmy Thackery will be bringing his fiery guitar attack showcase to Oregon for two shows in April that is sure to bring out old and new fans.

First, on Wednesday, April 8, he will be appearing at The Birk, 11139 Highway 202, in Birkenfeld, for a 7:00 pm performance.

Then, on Thursday, April 9, The Trails End Saloon will welcome Jimmy Thackery for a 9:00 pm show. Admission is  $15.00  and this is a Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored event, so remember to show your current membership card for a $1.00 discount at the door.