The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour
Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6 pm
THE LYRIC THEATER
Free Admission | Door @ 5:30pm
Special Guests: Oscar/Grammy winner Paul Williams with screenwriter Tracey Jackson
Music: rocker Tyler Keith and Delta-based rock band, The Shoe Birds.
Radio: 92.1 FM or online at www.myrebelradio.com. The show is hosted by Jim Dees and Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers.
Paul Williams and screenwriter Tracey Jackson have collaborated on their first book, Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life (Blue Rider Press.) Using the principles of addiction-recovery programs, Williams and Jackson have crafted a six-step process geared toward helping everyone – alcoholics, addicts and non-addicts alike – make it through the pain and difficulties of everyday life. Williams earned an Oscar with Barbra Streisand for their song “Evergreen” for “A Star is Born” in 1976. With Kenny Ascher, he penned Kermit the Frog’s signature number, “The Rainbow Connection.” Last year, he took home an “Album of the Year” Grammy thanks to his contributions to Daft Punk’s hit LP, “Random Access Memories.” Williams and Jackson will discuss their book and Williams will perform with the Yalobushwhackers.
Tyler Keith is celebrating the release of his new solo acoustic album, Tyler Keith Alias “Kid Twist” (Hill Country Records). Since 1992, Keith has performed in such hard rocking Oxford bands as The Cooters, the Neckbones (who toured Europe and recorded for Fat Possum) the Preacher’s Kids and the Apostles. In 2010 Keith produced two documentary films: Jesus is My Rock which explored local gospel music and, Brown Family Dairy (with Eric Griffis, and Meghan Leonard), an intimate profile of local dairy farmer, Billy Ray Brown. In 2012 he helped produce, “The Outlaw Biker!” a self-described, “gay biker musical,” for which he contributed 13 original works.
The Shoe Birds are a rock band from Memphis and the Mississippi Delta led by songwriter- guitarists Norman Adcox and Scott Coopwood. They cite southern literature as a major influence. (The band’s name comes from a Eudora Welty children’s book). The band’s latest CD is, 29 Years, in which they were backed by gospel singer Amy Grant’s touring band: Pat Buchanan (guitar), Greg Morrow (drums), Alison Prestwood (bass), and Tony Harrell (piano and organ) with vocals by former Miss Mississippi Kristian Dambrino.
Thacker Mountain Radio can be heard every Saturday at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio (90.3 FM in Oxford) or online at http://mpbonline.org/Programs/listen_live. For more information and a schedule of future shows, visit www.thackermountain.com. Photos of past shows are available on the Thacker Facebook page.