Since amassing his credentials with legendary East Coast road warriors the Nighthawks in the '70s and '80s, the Washington, D.C.-bred Thackery has led two bands of his own. First was the R&B-styled Assassins in the late '80s. Next came the Drivers, the unit he's fronted since 1992. While Thackery has tweaked the band's lineup over time, the Drivers have always been about a stripped-down sound and supercharged guitar choruses. Thackery was last heard from in tandem with fellow axe-handler Tab Benoit on last year's Whiskey Store Live. His last solo effort was 2003's True Stories, which focused on his songwriting skills. On stage, however, Thackery's six-string is likely to do most of the talking.