Join us for The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour Thursday, April 4 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.
Guests: Veteran bluesman Little Willie Farmer (“The Man From the Hill”) and Memphis jazz musicians (by way of Japan) the Maguire Twins (“Seeking Higher Ground”)
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, April 13 at 7 pm: http://www.mpbonline.org/
Alabama: Saturday, April 13 at 9 pm: http://www.apr.org/#stream/
Little Willie Farmer is living proof that Mississippi continues to produce deep blues. The 62-year-old guitarist is neither a soul modernist nor revivalist, but simply a small-town auto mechanic who’s never shaken his love for old school legends like Muddy, Wolf and Lightnin’.
The Duck Hill native is proud to announce a brand-new release, The Man From the Hill (Big Legal Mess) available March 1. The ten songs on the LP represent the first time that he’s spent serious time in the studio. The album was recorded over multiple sessions at producer Bruce Watson’s Memphis based Delta-Sonic Sound Studio. Farmer enjoyed working in a North Mississippi Hill Country vein with Jimbo Mathus and session drummer George Sluppick. He even dipped into gospel, singing harmony together with Memphis’ Barnes Brothers on [the Sensational Nightingales’] “At the Meeting.”
Farmer’s previous album was 2017’s “I’m Coming Back Home,” released on the German Wolf label.
For the past 30 years Farmer has run his own auto repair shop but he says he’s ready for a change. He hopes The Man From the Hill gets him out from under car hoods.
“I’m trying to get out of that shop,” he says. “I’m tired of messing with those cars. It’s been a long time.”
The Maguire Twins are musically inclined identical twins who grew up in Hong Kong, before moving, at age 15, with their Japanese mother and American father to musically rich Memphis. There they studied at the Stax Academy of Music. Barely into their 20s the pair, drummer Carl Maguire and bassist Alan Maguire, went into the studio with Memphis legend Donald Brown, and recorded an album, Seeking Higher Ground, with tenor saxophonist Gregory Tardy, trumpeter Bill Mobley, and pianist Aaron Goldberg.
The album, their second following 2014’s The Sound of Music, debuted on the US Jazz Week Chart and rose to #32 and stayed on the chart for five consecutive weeks.