Join us Thursday, Feb. 9th  at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square) in Oxford for a live performance and recording of the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. FREE Admission.

Guests: Author Michael Farris Smith and music by Nashville singer-songwriter, Kate Kelly and Mobile, AL indie band, Bunch

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)



Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith is author of the novel Desperation Road (Lee Boudreaux Books). His previous books include Rivers and The Hands of StrangersRivers was named to numerous Best Books of the Year lists, and garnered the 2014 Mississippi Author Award for Fiction. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Columbus, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters.

Kate Kelly

In May 2016, Kate Kelly released her debut EP, New Heartbeat. This first effort embodies the versatility of her songwriting, from the full band sound of the title track to the sparse melody and subtle undercurrent of “Blind Sailors.” New Heartbeat is a culmination of Kate’s musical journey, capturing imagery inspired by her Gulf Coast roots as well as her present home in Nashville.


Bunch is an indie rock band from Mobile, AL. They are led by Alabama native songwriter Heath Underwood, formerly of El Cantador. Their new CD is Forever My Sparring Partner (Friends Fight). On Friday, Feb. 10, Bunch will perform a full show at Ajax Diner.

Tune in live on Rebel Radio 92.1 FM or Listen to the ReBroadcast on Mississippi Public Radio, Saturdays at 7PM