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If you grew up on the East Coast in the 1970s and 80s, chances are good you saw Washington, D.C.’s terrific blues-rock band, The Nighthawks, tear it up in a sweaty little club. If you are lucky enough to say yes to that, you were fortunate to have witnessed Jimmy Thackery as an up and coming axe-slinger, already adept and fierce and more than holding his own with a band of blues veterans. When he left the group in search of expanded artistic horizons, everything bloomed – especially his songwriting. With his ace band, The Drivers, expect a show crackling with energy and chops. But first and foremost, he’s a guitarist whose playing is practically supernatural. As he says, “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.”