Thacker Mountain Radio
Thursday, March 6 at 6 pm
Off Square Books – FREE admission
A special tribute to late poet Jake Adam York with readings of York’s work by family and friends as well as a special musical tribute led by Thacker bassist, Slade Lewis. Also: Hattiesburg folk group, Oh Jeremiah, and Oxford musician Damein Wash. The show can heard on Rebel Radio 92.1 FM or online at www.myrebelradio.com. Hosted by Jim Dees and Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers.
York finished his last book of poetry, Abide (Southern Illinois University Press) shortly before his untimely death on December 16, 2012. He was just 40 years old. York grew up in east Alabama, near Gadsden. He later taught writing at the University of Colorado, Kenyon University and Emory University. He was the Summer Poet-in-Residence at Ole Miss in 2009. His poetry is based on the history of social justice in America, particularly the martyrs of the Civil Rights movement such as Emmett Till. His previous books include Murder Ballads (2005), A Murmuration of Starlings (2008), and Persons Unknown (2010). York’s brother, Joe York, is an Oxford filmmaker.
Slade Lewis is a bookseller at Square Books and serves as the bassist for the Thacker Mountain house band, the Yalobushwhackers. A native of Batesville now residing in Oxford, he has played with many Oxford area bands over the years, including Wiley and the Checkmates. Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist who has also provided the soundtrack to many locally-produced documentary films.
Damein Wash received his degree in Music Education from the University of Mississippi. While at Ole Miss, he was a member of the Ole Miss Concert singers and the elite Chamber Singers. He has been choirmaster and pianist at East St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church in Abbeville for 10 years and serves as adjunct musician and guest soloist to many churches in the Oxford area.
Oh, Jeremiah is a folk/Americana group from Hattiesburg fronted by singer/songwriter Jeremiah Strickland. Their influences range from Rihanna to Ryan Adams to Josh Ritter. Their current release is the five-song EP, Tall Tales and Tiny Fables which was recorded at Blue Sky Studios in Jackson. Strickland is currently on a solo tour of the Midwest and Southeastern U.S.
In addition to its broadcast/webcast every Thursday at 6 pm, Thacker Mountain Radio can also be heard every Saturday night at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) radio (90.3 FM in Oxford) or online: http://mpbonline.org/Programs/listen_live. More information at thackermountain.com.