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Jimmy Fallon Went to a Hardware Store. Now Thad Cockrell’s Playing ‘The Tonight Show’

[Rolling Stone]

After a 20-year career filled with ups and downs, the Nashville singer-songwriter got his big break just as he was about to start looking for a new job

By JON BLISTEIN 

This evening, The Tonight Show will feature a musician who, about three weeks ago, was ready to start looking for a new job. Thad Cockrell will perform his song “Swingin’,” with some remote accompaniment from the Roots, in a performance that was booked because Jimmy Fallon happened to be buying a light switch at the right hardware store at the right time.

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