Thacker Mountain Radio Hour


Saturday, August 9th at 7 pm (Doors at 6:30)

The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education

1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs, Miss.

John S. Sledge book coverMusic: Blues guitarist, “Mr. Sipp”

Author:  John S. Sledge (“Southern Bound”)

Music: Blues singer Libby Rae Watson

The show is hosted by Jim Dees and house band the Yalobushwhackers.

    Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online at the Mary C. website or at the theatre box office at 1600 Government Street. (Note: Show will be recorded for later broadcast).


Mister Sipp

Mister Sipp

Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child,” hails from McComb, Miss. This February Coleman won the prestigious 2014 International Blues Challenge. The IBC, held in Memphis, represents the largest gathering of blues musicians in the world, and this year’s event featured a record 225 participating acts from 40 states and 16 countries over four continents. Mr. Sipp also took home the Gibson Guitarist award in the band category. His latest CD is It’s My Guitar (Baby Boy Records).

John Sledge

John Sledge

   John S. Sledge is the author of Southern Bound: A Gulf Coast Journalist on Books, Writers, and Literary Pilgrimages of the Heart (Univ. of South Carolina Press). He is a senior architectural historian for the Mobile Historic Development Commission, and was the books editor for the Mobile Press-Register from 1996 to 2012. Sledge lives in Fairhope, Ala.

Libby Rae Watson

Libby Rae Watson

Libby Rae Watson, a native of Pascagoula, began playing music as a young child and fell in love with the blues at age 13. During the 1990′s, her band, The Liberaetors, released two CDs, Saltwater Blues and Spur of the Moment. “She’s a pioneer,” says fellow blues musician, Doc McLean. “She’s one of the only women to cross what were difficult racial and cultural boundaries. She’s a songster-storyteller in the delta tradition- part of an unbroken chain.”

Watson’s latest CD, released last year, is Sweet ’n’ Salty (Playground Records).


Next live show:

Thursday, Sept 4. at 6 pm at Nutt Auditorium, Oxford, Miss.

Author: Karen Abbott (“Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War”)

Music: classical pianist, Bruce Levingston

Music: soul/funk with Silas Reed ‘N Da Books