Discover America from 2,500 feet!

Our Towns: 100,000 miles of American stories from a single engine prop plane

Live from Off Square Books February 21, 2019 at 6 pm

Join us for The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.

Guests: Authors Deborah & James Fallows (“Our Towns – A 100,000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America”) with musical guests singer-songwriters Bailey Bigger and Doug Seegers.

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)

This show will be heard on Mississippi and Alabama Public networks:
Mississippi: Saturday, March 2 at 7 pm:
Alabama: Saturday, March 2 at 9 pm:



Deborah and James Fallows

From 2013 to 2017, James and Deborah Fallows traveled across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, they have met hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, environmentalists, artists, public servants, librarians, business people, city planners, students, and entrepreneurs.

Their fascinating view of the country, presented in their book, Our Towns (Vintage Books), is as complex and contradictory as America itself.

“An illuminating trip through ‘parts of the country generally missed by the media spotlight’… A well-reported, optimistic portrait of America’s future.” – Kirkus Reviews

James Fallows is a National Book Award winner and has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for more than thirty-five years.

Deborah Fallows is a linguist and writer who holds a PhD in theoretical linguistics and is the author of two previous books.


Bailey Bigger

Singer-songwriter Bailey Bigger is a Marion, Ark native now based in Memphis. Her latest release is the 5-song EP, Closer to Home (Blue Tom Records). Her song, “Wildflower” won the Memphis Songwriters Association “Memphis Best Song of the Year” in 2017. She is currently working on a second EP slated for release in April.

Doug Seegers

Singer-songwriter Doug Seegers was a homeless street musician in Nashville in 2014 when fate intervened. A Swedish documentary crew filmed Seegers singing his composition, Going Down to the River and after the footage aired in Sweden, the song raced to the top of the Swedish i-Tunes charts. An album of the same name produced by Will Kimbrough went gold and suddenly Seegers was booked for a Swedish tour of 70 venues, beginning an improbable late life career.

Seegers wrote a book (with Steve Eubanks) about his life on the street, Going Down to the River (Thomas Nelson) which unflinchingly describes his battle with addiction, searching for food from dumpsters and living under a bridge. His debut solo album, A Story I Got To Tell will be released worldwide this spring on the BMG label.

Following his Thacker appearance, Seegers will play a dinner set at Proud Larry’s at 7 pm.

Check out the show!