Join us for a very special live performance and recording of the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour with legendary New Orleans bluesman, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, author/photographer Alysia Burton Steele and indie rockers The Tumbling Wheels. The show is hosted by Jim Dees and our house band, The Yalobushwhackers. This program is FREE and open to the public.
Following the radio recording, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Tumbling Wheels will each perform additional brief sets. The Link Centre Concert Hall is located at 1800 West Main Street. For more information call 662-690-4011.
NOTE: No live broadcast; this show will air on Saturday, August 12 at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting which can be heard in Tupelo on WMAE 89.5 FM.
Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Walter “Wolfman” Washington has been a mainstay on the New Orleans music scene for decades. He cut his teeth backing up some of the best singers and performers in New Orleans before putting together his long-time band, The Roadmasters, in the 1980s. His guitar style combines rhythm and blues, blues, New Orleans funk, and modern jazz. Wolfman’s latest CDs include Howlin’ Live at DBA’s and On the Prowl.
Alysia Burton Steele
Alysia Burton Steele shared a 2006 Pulitzer Prize with the Dallas Morning News team, where she was photo editor. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media. Her latest book is, Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom (Center Street). The book was inspired by memories of her beloved grandmother, and combines heart-wrenching narratives with poignant photographs of more than 50 female church elders in the Mississippi Delta. These ordinary women lived extraordinary lives under the harshest conditions of the Jim Crow era.
The Tumbling Wheels
The Tumbling Wheels are a New Orleans-based band that draw heavily from American folk, country, and soul traditions. With influences as disparate as Bessie Smith, Hoyt Axton, and the Smothers Brothers, the group brings a peculiar blend of genres together for a sound that abounds in rich vocal harmony, dynamic instrumentation, and colorful storytelling. Their album, The Tumbling Wheels Play the No Counts (United Bakery Records) was voted one of the 50 Best Albums of 2016 by Offbeat Magazine.