Host Post: Oxford music still kicks in the land of lit

by Jim Dees – Oxford’s rich musical history has been well-documented by The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. Recent guests have included Jim Weatherly, Cary Hudson, Effie Burt, Guelel Kumba, And the Echo, (one of the show’s founders) Caroline Herring, and (next week’s guest) Cedric Burnside. Our radio show has been fortunate to be in a…
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Host Post: For Jim Weatherly, Life is a Pip

by Jim Dees – Not many people can say that Coach Johnny Vaught and Gladys Knight and the Pips were among the most influential people in their lives – OK, only one person can say it: Jim Weatherly. Weatherly played quarterback for the Ole Miss Rebels from 1961-64 and played rock and roll in nightclubs during…
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Host Post: Demons, Ukuleles… Air Conditioning!

by Jim Dees – When the Thacker Mountain brain trust (not me) discovered there was a ukulele band in Memphis, their first thought was, ‘Who can spell, ukulele?’ We booked them and luckily there is spell check and an album, The Memphis Ukulele Band (Blue Barrel Records) to uke to. Memphis Ukulele Band For most,…
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Host Post: Dating the Swamp

by Jim Dees – In 2012, Beck-Dorey Stein was like so many twenty-somethings: broke, working several jobs and haunting Craigslist. In fact, it was answering one such ad – for a stenographer – that propelled her on a most improbable five-year odyssey in the Obama White House. Her job entailed recording and transcribing every word…
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Host Post: From the Gulf with love

by Jim Dees – Jack E. Davis’ loving but unsparing history of the Gulf of Mexico, The Gulf – The Making of an American Sea is, like its namesake, teeming with wild life – human and marine. The real-life human characters Davis brings to the page – anglers, artists, writers, roughnecks, and sleazeball tycoons –…
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Thacker Mountain Radio Hour picked up by Alabama Public Radio

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, a weekly literature and music program based in Oxford, MS, has been picked up for broadcast on Alabama Public Radio (APR) beginning Saturday, Sept. 1. APR will air the show on radio and online Saturday nights at 9 pm. The one-hour broadcast will continue to be heard on Mississippi Public…
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Host Post: Ghosts of Neshoba

  by Jim Dees – The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour returns to The Neshoba County Fair outside Philadelphia, MS this Saturday, July 28 at 8 pm. Our house band, the Yalobushwhackers, and I will tread on an old wooden stage at the Fair pavilion that dates to 1914 and has thus bore witness to a…
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Host Post: Lobby Love at Graduate Oxford

by Jim Dees – The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour will perform in the lobby of the Graduate Hotel today, Thursday May 17, at 6 pm. Admission is free. The show was originally scheduled for the rooftop bar but has been moved to avoid rain. The lobby is bigger, has more seats, a full bar and…
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Host Post: Friday Night Live!

by Jim Dees – This Friday, The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour looks forward to presenting our usual eclectic line-up to kick off what is shaping up to be a killer Double Decker Festival. (Friday weather looks good and Saturday looks like Destin without the surf). Friday night is a mini-festival that starts at 6 pm…
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Host Post: Magazine on the Radio

by Jim Dees – What could be more old school than a print magazine and a radio-variety hour? And yet, The Oxford American magazine and The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour have celebrated 25 years and 100 issues, and 20 years on the air, respectively. Not bad for formats that seem doddering in an on-demand world….
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