Thacker Mountain Radio Hour
LIVE at the Neshoba County Fair
Saturday, July 26 | 8pm
Note: No live broadcast; show will be recorded for future air.
Thacker Mountain Radio, the Oxford-based music and literature program that features author readings and musical performances, returns to the Neshoba County Fair outside of Philadelphia, Miss. on Saturday, July 26 at 8 pm at the Founder’s Square Pavilion. For ticket information visit:http://www.neshobacountyfair.
Jill Conner Browne is “America’s #1 Humor Writer,” according to Nielsen BookScan, a retail book sales monitoring service. There are more than 2.2 million copies of The Sweet Potato Queen’s books currently in print, including, her latest, Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Coping with (The Crappy Parts Of) Life. Some of her previous books include, American Thighs: The Sweet Potato Queens Guide to Preserving Your Assets (2009), The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit, (2008), The Sweet Potato Queens’ Wedding Planner and Divorce Guide, (2005) and her first book, The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love (1999).
The Sweet Potato Queens books have created a global phenomenon–6,200 chapter groups in 37 countries–based upon Browne’s philosophy and world-view as recounted through her raucous and riotously funny essays. Browne’s bawdy humor and sass are just part of her overall message which is one of self-reliance and empowerment, inspiring all to “do what makes your heart sing.” Browne lives in Jackson.
Oxford-based singer-songwriter, Charlie Mars, is a Laurel native who has deep roots in Neshoba County; for generations his family has maintained a Fair cabin on Founder’s Square. Mars will release his newest CD, The Money, this October. In August he will perform a weekly residency at Saxon’s Pub in Austin, Texas before embarking on a national tour. His previous CDs include Like a Bird, Like a Plane (2009) and Blackberry Light(2012). American Songwriter said of Mars, “Incisive, economical songwriting.. and tangy, often melancholy melodies that wrap themselves around the listener like a thick blanket on a cold night.”
Eden Brent is an award-winning blues pianist from Greenville, Miss. who combines boogie-woogie with elements of blues, jazz, soul, gospel and pop. She records on the independent Yellow Dog Records label and her CDs include Mississippi Number One, Ain’t Got No Troubles (recorded in New Orleans) and her latest, Jigsaw Heart, which was recorded in Nashville. Brent is a three-time Blues Award winner who toured and played with former Motown session musician, Abie “Boogaloo” Ames, who helped her hone her unique piano style.
Guitarist Vasti Jackson began playing in the churches and juke joints in his native McComb and now plays festivals, concerts, and theatres around the world. He recently wrapped a world tour as part of the “Playing For Change” musical troupe. His CDs include No Borders to the Blues, Live in Nashville and Mississippi Burner. Jackson was recently featured in the HBO series, Treme.
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Author: John Sledge
Musical Guest: Libby Rae Watson
Musical Guest: Mr. Sipp