Jimmy Thackery will be ‘in the zone’ for show at MainstreetWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimmy Thackery often has more than one guitar on stage at a time.
“Different guitars have different sounds and are useful for different things,” Thackery said. “Depending on what you’re playing … you might switch [for different sounds]. Any guitar and its player are in a love-hate relationship most of the time anyway. If you get in an argument with her, sometimes you pick up one of her girlfriends.”
Thackery said he treats his guitars as beings, not as inanimate object.
“They seem to have a soul and a personality of their own,” he said.
Thackery said he gets into a zone when playing guitar.
“Ideally, if you’re doing it right, you kind of transcend everything that’s going on around you and get on a wave,” Thackery said. “It doesn’t always happen but it’s something you strive for. When you’re a musician, you try to get so deep into the music that you’re playing that everything else is just kind of superfluous and turned off and that’s the only thing you’re concentrating on.”
He said he was 12 years old when he learned how to play the guitar. He said his first memories were of his musical ambition. He remembers watching television shows with catchy theme songs.
“I’ve always sort of blamed it on being a child of the ‘50s,” he said. “Back in those days, the television shows had great musical scores.”
He said the passion was instilled in him very young by his musical parents. He says the passion is still alive in him as he grows older.
“I love it more now than I did back when I was a kid,” Thackery said. “When you reach the age of 60, it becomes more difficult to get around than we used to. Back when we were in our 20s and 30s we were ten feet tall, bulletproof and gas was cheap. It’s a different equation now. You have to be a little more judicious of the gigs you play and the schedule you keep.”
Thackery will perform at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Mainstreet Bar & Grill, 141 Main Street.
Thackery has been on the road non-stop for most of his adult life. Over time, Thackery founded bands like the Nighthawks, the Assassins and the Drivers. He said being in a band has challenges.
“You’re actually taking an indiscriminate group of people that have one thing in common, which is that they play music, and throwing them into a truck and putting 100,000 miles a year on those people in a pressure cooker,” he said. “Yeah, there’s going to be conflict. But, if you want to play you have to weed through that.”
Thackery’s schedule stays full these days with playing, producing and appearing in reunion shows with former bands. Since then he has released and produced two of his own records, “We Got It” and “True Stories.”
Thackery once toured with Muddy Waters, which he holds close to his heart.
“I don’t know that you can find anyone else that was more influential in electric blues music than Muddy Waters,” Thackery said. “