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“I walked in the Psychedelly and he was playing that searing slide guitar with the Nighthawks,” says blues gal Cathy Ponton King (pictured) about her first meeting with Jimmy Thackery. That was in 1980, and Thackery was already a guitar demigod. King would eventually share a house in Bethesda with Thackery and his wife, and, inspired by all the blues legends passing through the front door, form her own band and hit the road. In ’94, Thackery had left the ‘Hawks and was between bands, with time on his hands. And King was ready to make a record of her own. So Thackery co-produced and played on King’s CD, Lovin’ You Right, a sterling collection of solid originals that King rightly describes as the “tough and tender blues.” What with King’s and Thackery’s competing tour schedules and all, there was never a chance to properly promote the disc with a concert. Until now. Although Thackery currently makes his home in Arkansas, he will always be considered a hometown boy because of his years with the Nighthawks. Of course, blues players really live on whatever stage they’re playing on, and with King and Thackery & the Drivers splitting the bill, this show promises to be a very lively affair. “He’s the tip of the whip as far as guitar goes,” King says admiringly. Well, she cracks a pretty good lash herself. At 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $13. (703) 237-0300. (Dave Nuttycombe)