The Assassins, a crack
six-piece rock and roll, rhythm and blues and blues band, originated
as a part-time "all-star" effort in the mid 1980's. Former
Nighthawks guitarist, now successful solo Blues artist Jimmy
Thackery was a founding member.
In 1986, the band became a full-time job.
In its early days the group was known as Jimmy Thackery and the
Assassins, in order to capitalize on the name recognition Jimmy had
achieved after fourteen years of solid touring with the Nighthawks.
The Assassins was by no means a one-man show however. The
above-pictured group was a powerful, veteran ensemble whose
professional musical experience exceeded 120 years. Singer Tommy
Lepson in fact, is acknowledged in hometown Washington D.C. as one of
Soul music's premier singers, anywhere, period.
The full-time band had been playing for three years when this photo
was taken. The group had made a name for itself up and down the
U.S. East Coast and released the critically acclaimed Cut
Me Loose. This collection of ten original rock'n'roll, R&B and
Blues songs propelled the band to some small-scale national attention,
and a 1989 Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) "Wammie" award for
best blues artist/group.
Personnel (from left) are: Brian Alpert (drums), Jimmy Thackery (lead guitar,
vocals), Wade Matthews (bass, vocals), Tommy Lepson (lead vocals, guitar,
keyboard), Bruce Harrison (keyboards, vocals) and Alex Holland (saxophones, vocals).
Owned by a former member of the Assassins, rhumba.com features colorful
stories of the road, some of which involve The Assassins:
- The Fundraiser
Republican legend Lee Atwater performs at a James Brady Foundation fundraiser, though
ironically, he is backed up by none other than members of The Assassins.
- The First Road Trip: Remembering New Orleans
A colorful, many-linked vignette describing New Orleans unique musical culture, through the
eyes of a young musician on his first road trip.
- The Four Seasons of Driving
A collection of musicians' tales, woven together by the musican's common labor,
driving, and the themes fear, danger, beauty, fatigue and reflection.
- rhumba.com's sound clips selection
A small collection of sounds, some featuring The Assassins Cut Me Loose.
- rhumba.com's stories
More tales of the musician's life on the road, including playing with legendary musician
Danny Gatton. Also included is rhumba.com's highly-rated essay essays about
musician drug addiction.
- rhumba.com: home
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