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This Week’s Show_11.18.2013

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Thacker Mountain Radio Season Finale

Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 pm at Off Square Books

Author: Jayne Anne Phillips – Quiet Dell

Music: The North Mississippi Allstars – World Boogie Is Coming

Music: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and the Blues Posse

Free admission. Radio: Rebel Radio 92.1 FM (Oxford) Online: www.myrebelradio.com.

Also: Thacker Mountain Radio Membership Party – Friday, Dec. 6 from 6-9 pm at Southside Gallery with food and drink by City Grocery, Snackbar, Cathead Vodka and the Yalobusha Brewery.

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North MS Allstars

North MS Allstars

The North Mississippi Allstars have just wrapped up a European tour in support of their eighth studio album, World Boogie Is Coming (Songs of the South). The title is taken from a favorite salutation used by the late Jim Dickinson, father of Grammy-winning Allstars, Luther and Cody. Jim Dickinson, who passed away in 2009, was founder of the Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers. The Allstars have recently been joined by Lightning Malcolm on guitar and bass. In addition to their Thacker appearance next Thursday, the band will play a full concert at the Lyric Theatre on Friday, Nov. 22 at 10 pm.

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Jayne Anne Phillips

Jayne Anne Phillips

Jayne Anne Phillips’ new novel, Quiet Dell (Scribner), is based on a real life multiple murder by a con man who preyed on widows—a story that has haunted the author for more than four decades. The book quotes actual trial transcripts and newspaper reports and even includes photos of the victims in an eerie fusion of fact and fiction. The Miami Herald said: “The book is a smart combination of true crime, history and fiction tied together with Phillips’ seamlessly elegant writing.” Phillips previous books include Machine Dreams, Black Tickets and Lark and Termite. Phillips, born and raised in West Virginia, is now the director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Rutgers-Newark, New Jersey.

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Space Cowboy and Blues Posse

Space Cowboy and Blues Posse

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and David “Space Cowboy” Isaac front the Blues Posse and are are mainstays in the vibrant Clarksdale, Miss. blues scene, most often performing at Red’s Lounge on Sunflower Ave. Isaac is known as a dynamic vocalist and songwriter while the 14-year-old “Kingfish” is considered a guitar prodigy who recently was selected by blues legend Buddy Guy as his opening act.

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The Thacker membership party is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6 from 6-9 pm at Southside Gallery. The party is free to Thacker members and open to anyone who would like to join ($20 student, $50 single member, $75 couple). The party will feature food and drink provided by City Grocery, Snackbar and Yalobusha Brewery, live music and a silent auction. More information at www.thackermountain.com.

This Week’s Show_11.11.2013

~This Week’s Show~

Thacker Mountain Radio celebrates Stax Records and classic Memphis soul music

                       This Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 pm at Off Square Books.

   Author Robert Gordon – “Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion”

   Author Susan Gregg Gilmore – “The Funeral Dress”

   Music: Slade Lewis and the Thacker Stax Revue

      Admission is free and the show can be heard on Rebel Radio 92.1 FM or online: www.myrebelradio.com. The show is hosted by Jim Dees and Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers.

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Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon’s history of Memphis’ Stax Records is about more than music. Set in the world of 1960s and ‘70s soul music, Respect Yourself (Bloomsbury) is a character-driven story of racial integration, and of black power and economic independence. The era’s musicians take center stage including, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, and Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Stax’s interracial house band, but the book also chronicles a small independent company’s struggle to survive in an increasingly conglomerate-oriented world. And always at the center of the story is Memphis, Tennessee, an explosive city struggling through volatile years.

Robert Gordon has been writing about Memphis music and history for thirty years and is the author of It Came from Memphis, Can’t Be Satisfied, The King on the Road, and The Elvis Treasures. He won a Grammy in 2011 for his liner notes to the Big Star box set Keep an Eye on the Sky. His film work includes producing and directing the documentary Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story for PBS’s “Great Performances.” Gordon lives in Memphis.

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Stax Revue

Thacker Stax Revue

The Thacker Stax Revue will accompany Robert Gordon in a live performance of a medley of Stax favorites. Led by Thacker bassist Slade Lewis, the band will be made up of area musicians who will come together for a one-time-only live tribute to the classic Memphis sound.

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Susan Gregg Gilmore

Susan Gregg Gilmore

Author Susan Gregg Gilmore’s latest book is the novel, The Funeral Dress (Broadway Books). It’s the haunting story of a friendship between two seamstresses and the social pressures one overcomes to honor the other with a funeral dress when she dies suddenly. Noted southern author Lee Smith said the book is “… a serious literary work which ought to be up for every award out there. Its themes of rural poverty, class, and working women’s hard lives are balanced by the bonds of community and love.” Gilmore is also the author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen and The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove. Born in Nashville, she lives in Tennessee with her husband and three daughters.

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The Thacker season finale of live performances will be next week, Nov. 21 at Off Square Books at 6 pm with guests, the North Mississippi Allstars. A Thacker membership party is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6 from 6-9 pm at Southside Gallery with food and drink provided by City Grocery, Snackbar and Yalobusha Brewery.

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Thacker Mountain Radio can now be heard twice each week. In addition to the Thursday broadcast, the show can also be every Saturday at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (90.3 FM in Oxford) or online: (http://www.etv.state.ms.us/radio/index.html). The show is also seeking more “Friends of Thacker Mountain Radio” to help defray production costs. More information at www.thackermountain.com.

 

 

 

This Week’s Show_11.4.2013

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Don’t miss Thacker Mountain Radio LIVE at THE LYRIC THEATER

Thursday | November 7 | 6pm

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Hear it LIVE on Rebel Radio | 92.1FM | http://www.myrebelradio.com/

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Jimbeau Hinson

Jimbeau Hinson

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Harmonious Harmoneers

Harmonious Harmoneers

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Bluegrass Appeal

Bluegrass Appeal

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Jack Sacco

Jack Sacco

 

 

 

10.7.2013 This Week’s Show

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Thacker Mountain Radio returns to Off Square Books next Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 pm.

Guests will include Oxford singer-songwriter, Talbot Adams, Texas novelist Kathleen Kent and Florida blues singer, Veronika Jackson.

Admission is free and the show can be heard locally on Rebel Radio, 92.1 FM or online at http://www.myrebelradio.com/.

The show will be hosted by Jim Dees and the Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers.

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Talbot Adams

Talbot Adams

Oxford native Talbot Adams released a new CD earlier this year, Weekend, in which he sings and plays all the instruments. (He even took the cover photograph). Adams plays acoustic based psychedelic pop that reviewers have called “Guided by Voices meets Simon and Garfunkel.” He has played bass and sung in numerous bands including The Royal Pendletons, The Black and Whites, The Jenny Jeans and The Darkest Hours. He has been writing and recording his own songs since the late 1990′s. Adams’ previous CD was Community and an EP, Jack and Jesse.

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Kathleen Kent

Kathleen Kent

Kathleen Kent’s third novel is, The Outcasts (Little, Brown). Set in the 1880’s, it’s the story of Lucinda Carter who escapes a Texas brothel and heads for Middle Bayou to meet her lover, who has a plan to make them both rich. Meanwhile Nate Cannon, a young Texas policeman, is on the hunt for a ruthless killer. As Lucinda and Nate’s stories converge, guns are drawn, debts are paid, and Kathleen Kent delivers an unforgettable portrait of a woman who will stop at nothing to make a new life for herself. Kent’s previous novels are The Traitor’s Wife and The Heretic’s Daughter. She lives in Dallas.

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Veronika Jackson

Veronika Jackson

Veronika Jackson was raised in a music-loving family in St. Petersburg, Florida and was singing in church choirs by the age of ten. Since then, she has developed a Piedmont blues-style of picking on acoustic guitar which she complements with her deep, smooth voice. Her CDs include, Some Folk, Some Blues, Sometime, Hat Check and her latest, Live at Gage Hall.  Following her Thacker appearance, her tour will take her to the King Biscuit Blues Fest in West Helena, Ark. on Friday, Oct. 11.

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Thacker Mounatin Radio can now be heard twice each week.

In addition to the Thursday broadcast, the show can also be every Saturday at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (90.3 FM in Oxford) or online: (http://www.etv.state.ms.us/radio/index.html).

The show is also seeking more “Friends of Thacker Mountain Radio” to help defray production costs. More information at www.thackermountain.com.

 

 

9.23.2013 This Week’s Show

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Thacker Mountain Radio features three authors this Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 pm at Off Square Books.

Our musical guest this week is local favorite, Jimbo Mathus.

Admission is free and the show can be heard on 92.1 FM in Oxford or online: http://www.myrebelradio.com/live/.

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

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Wilton Barnhardt

Wilton Barnhardt

Wilton Barnhardt is the author of the novel, Lookaway, Lookaway (St. Martin’s Press) a satirical skewering of Charlotte, North Carolina’s high society where old Southern money (and secrets) meet the new wealth of bankers, boom-era speculators, and carpet-bagging social climbers. Barnhardt gleefully eviscerates rituals and rascals ranging from sorority rush and Civil War re-enactments to back-stabbing church ladies. The New York Times said the book is ”a wild romp through the South, and therefore the history of our nation, written by an absolute ringmaster of fiction.” Barnhardt currently teaches fiction in the creative writing program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Ellen Stimson

Ellen Stimson

Ellen Stimson is the author of the hilarious memoir, Mud Season (The Countryman Press/ W.W. Norton) In her debut, former bookseller Stimson recounts relocating her family from St. Louis to the bucolic beauty of Vermont after falling in love with the mountains and blazing fall colors during a weekend trip. The book describes Stimson adjustments to the local Yankee culture and furious winters (and revealing spring, hence the title). Stimson lives in Vermont with her family.

Danny Ellis

Danny Ellis

Danny Ellis’ latest work is the book, The Boy at the Gate (Arcade Publishing), a gritty memoir describing his childhood years at the notorious Artane Industrial School for Orphaned and Abandoned Boys in Dublin, Ireland. Ellis unflinchingly details how he survived years of savagery at the hands of the school’s sadistic, whip-wielding priests to become an acclaimed musician. He eventually played in many of the Irish show-bands of the 1960s and 70s including Graham Parker and the Rumor, as well as The Foundations. In 2010 Ellis released the award winning CD, “800 Voices,” a collection of songs about his orphanage experiences. A native of Dublin, he now lives in Asheville, N.C.

Jimbo Mathus

Jimbo Mathus

Jimbo Mathus is a native of Clarksdale, perhaps best known as one of the founders of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, a hot jazz/swing band who toured extensively in the early 1990s. Since then he has fronted The Tri-State Coalition, a versatile quintet equally adept at country, rock and roll and blues. Their most recent release is White Buffalo (Fat Possum). Previous releases include Confederate Buddha and a six-song EP, Blue Light, also on Fat Possum Records. For his Thacker appearance, Jimbo will be backed by Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers.