Join us Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE Admission.
Guests: Author Kristen Iskandrian, singer/songwriter Andrew Bryant (“This is the Life”) and Nashville roots rockers, Forest Fire Gospel Choir.
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
Andrew Bryant, known for his work as the drummer in the band, Water Liars, also produces his own music as a singer/songwriter. His latest solo release is This Is the Life (Sleep Records). In its review, Glide Magazine said, “It’s evident that Bryant has taken great care to put this album together. There is no wasted space and each song packs its own punch, whether melancholy, dark or driving.” Bryant’s previous solo albums include Hook, Magnolia State, The Story Never Told, Galilee and Honeymoon/Blackbird. An Oxford native, Bryant now lives in Water Valley.
Forest Fire Gospel Choir
The Forest Fire Gospel Choir uses influences such as Kings of Leon, the Allman Brothers Band, and Joe Cocker to breathe new life into roots rock on their debut eponymous EP. The group celebrates “analog vibes and good times” with a combination of soul music, blues, garage rock, and as they say, “bourbon.” The Forest Fire Gospel Choir is based in Nashville.
Kristen Iskandrian’s debut novel is Motherest (12 Books), about Agnes, a young college student in the early 1990s who opts to navigate her accidental pregnancy without the help of her mother (estranged), her father (helpful before withdrawing) or her boyfriend, the baby’s father, who dumps her before he knows she’s pregnant. Kirkus Reviews said the book is “heartbreaking, hilarious, and poignant—often at the same time.” The book was recently named to the Long List for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Iskandrian lives in Birmingham, Ala. with her husband and two daughters.