plays the blues like a guy who stumbled across it on his way home from a weekend bender. On his latest album, Solid Ice, the Pittsburgh-born guitarist riffs through a loud, spare set that showcases his smokin fretwork. Thackery has been making records for years (initially as a member of the Nighthawks), but Solid Ice is the first to really reflect his stage show -- which ranks as one of modern blues most ferocious. Thackery doesnt spend much time cleaning up blemished notes, missed vocals, or amplifier hums. Instead, he pretty much drills forward with his powerhouse guitar licks. By the time his new CD wraps with a cover of Jimi Hendrixs Who Knows, theres little doubt why he sounds so ragged.
Sat., Sept. 29, 10 p.m., 2007