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