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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Host Post: “I like fast music.”

  by Jim Dees At age 85, Sonny Burgess may be the oldest guest we’ve ever had on The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. He’s definitely the oldest rock and roller. “I like fast music,” he recently told NPR. “You need to be able to dance to it.” Burgess is from Newport, Arkansas and formed his…
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Host Post: Art Rocks!

    The disco ball at Off Square Books puts it own spin on each edition of the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. by Jim Dees – This week produced the heart-warming sight of hundreds, if not thousands, of Mississippians becoming enthusiastically active in the affairs of their government. In this case, citizens rose up to defend the independent expression…
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Host Post: Party with a Purpose

by Jim Dees – In the early frontier days of Thacker, there was no mission statement or outreach strategy, other than getting through the hour without knocking something over. Seventeen years ago, with the Taylor Grocery Band and then later with shaman legends, Duff Dorrough and Jim Dickinson, the only “outreach” was from Chip and…
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Host Post: Out with a Bang and a Twang

by Jim Dees – The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is ringing down the curtain on a great fall season this Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 pm at the Lyric Oxford. Admission is free and drink service will be available. Doors at 5:30. Our headliner, Southern Avenue, is a rocking blues band from the Bluff City…
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