Host Post: Marching into Spring

by Jim Dees – I’ve been watching pre-season baseball on TV just to see some green grass. We don’t really have winter in Mississippi. It’s more like the heavens wring out two months’ worth of dishwater. Glancing over the Thacker Mountain Radio schedule breaks the spell and offers hope! It is now March and our…
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Host Post: To Thine Own Weird Be True

by Jim Dees – Few rock and roll musicians have stayed truer to their weirdness than Gustavo Antonio Nelson, known on stages, galleries, shacks and lofts around the world as Tav Falco. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he grew up in Arkansas before moving to Memphis in 1973. His first singing performance in public came in…
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Host Post: What Happened to Rolling Stone Magazine?

By Jim Dees – To answer that question, we have an enthralling new book, Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine (Knopf) by Joe Hagan. The book spans 50 years in the life of the magazine from its founding in 1967 by editor Jann Wenner and his wife Jane,…
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Thacker Mountain Radio Anniversary Member’s Party

Help us carry on the celebration! The party will continue after our 20th Anniversary show this Thursday, October 19th! Help us carry on the celebration at our member’s party which will take place at our home base, Off Square Books, from 7:30-9:30 PM. Food, wine and signature cocktail by The Main Event! Entrance is free…
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Host Post: Move for the Groove

by Jim Dees – Would you die for your art? The band, Songhoy Blues, stared down that dilemma in 2012. Their town of Gao, in northern Mali, west Africa, was over-run by a jihadist militia who outlawed music. Armed marauders made house-to-house searches kidnaping musicians and cutting off their fingers or tongues, smashing instruments, toppling cell…
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Host Post: Love and War

by Jim Dees – If there are two subjects that pique the southern reader, it’s dogs and the Civil War. This week on The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, our authors address both of these oft-covered topics in entirely inventive and surprising ways. Acclaimed poet Eileen Myles (pictured with unknown fur friend) has stepped out of…
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Host Post: You Can Go Home Again

by Jim Dees –  The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour kicks off its fall season (and 20th anniversary year!) today in the friendly confines of Off Square Books on the Oxford square. Today’s show is a homecoming after the most successful summer road season in our history. Thacker played to full houses in Clinton, Tupelo, Jackson,…
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Host Post: Dead, Not Gone

by Jim Dees If Mississippi’s most notable cultural exports are words and music, the work of the late Willie Morris and Jim Dickinson ordains them as two of our state’s artistic ambassadors. Neither was a cookie-cutter hero; each brimmed with quirks bordering on genius. We lost Willie in 1999, Jim in 2009 and yet, thanks to…
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Host Post: Whiskey of Whisper Mountain

by Jim Dees – Greg Iles is our “headliner” on Thacker this week but our “other” author is a powerhouse as well. Troylyn Bell and her husband, Charlie, an engineer and real estate investor, had spent their entire lives in Texas. Following a near fatal trip to the emergency room with one of their two…
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