Thacker Mountain Radio is a live radio show featuring weekly author readings and a wide array of musical performances from the Square in Oxford, Mississippi. The free show is taped and broadcast every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. during the fall and spring and rebroadcast every Saturday night on Mississippi Public Radio.
Thacker hosts an eclectic mix of local and national writers and musicians, performing before a live and loyal audience in Off Square books, an annex of Square Books, one of the great independent bookstores in the nation. Larger shows each season are in the Lyric Theater, an historic opera house that was once a livery stable owned by William Faulkner’s family.
The Oxford Square was the center of the fictional Yoknapatawpha County in William Faulkner’s novels. Recently, Oxford has been the home base of writers including Willie Morris, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly, Jack Pendarvis, Ace Atkins, John Brandon, and National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.
Musicians appearing on Thacker Mountain Radio have included Marty Stuart, Del McCoury, Elvis Costello, Bobby Rush, T-Model Ford, Blue Mountain, the Campbell Brothers, Charlie Musselwhite, Kenny Brown, Duwayne Burnside, Jimbo Mathus, the Bottle Rockets, Robert “Bilbo” Walker, Tracy Schwartz and Ginny Hawker, and the Mighty Gospel Warriors.
Host – Jim Dees has hosted Thacker Mountain Radio since 2000. He writes the weekly newspaper column, Lies and Other Truths, and is the editor of They Write Among Us, an anthology of Oxford writers.
Producer – Kathryn McGaw
Production Assistant – Ferriday Mansel McClatchey
Guitarist – Jerry “Duff” Dorrough (May 20, 1952 ~ October 3, 2012) was probably best known as the lead guitarist for The Tangents. His fine songwriting was showcased on his album, Peace in the Lily of the Valley (Black Dog Records). His last release was a gospel CD, The Holy Rollers, on which he collaborated with singer/songwriter Carl Massengale. (Click here to visit the Facebook memorial page for Duff.)
Multi-instrumentalist – Slade Lewis (bass) has been the backbone of many bands over the years, most recently with Oxford soul ensemble, Wiley and the Checkmates. Slade has also provided the soundtracks to documentary films.
Drummer – Wallace Lester had been a mainstay of the New Orleans music community until Hurricane Katrina forced his relocation to North Mississippi. Wallace currently lives in Holly Springs, MS with his wife, singer/songwriter, Shannon McNally, who is a frequent Thacker guest.
Thacker Mountain Radio works with Square Books to book authors. If you are a publicist interested in booking an author on the show, please e-mail Lyn Roberts at Square Books. Musicians interested in performing on the show should e-mail our producer, Kathryn McGaw.Thacker Mountain Radio cannot accommodate every request to appear on the show, but we make every attempt to listen to submissions.
Music Booking : Kathryn McGaw
Author Booking: Lyn Roberts
Thacker Mountain Radio
PO Box 2196
Oxford, MS 38655
Thacker on the Radio:
Hear Thacker Mountain Radio every Saturday at 7 pm (CST)
on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
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For photos from previous shows and more information please click here to visit the Thacker Mountain Radio Facebook page.
The Fall 2013 Season begins in Oxford on Thursday, Sept. 5