The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour kicks off its fall season Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.
Guests: Author Beck Dorey-Stein (“From the Corner of the Oval”) plus singer-songwriters Grayson Capps (“Scarlett Roses”) and Amy Andrews (“My Best”).
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
Beck Dorey-Stein is the author of From the Corner of the Oval (Spiegel and Grau) a memoir of her years working (and dating) in the Obama White House.
In 2012, Dorey-Stein was working five part-time jobs and just scraping by when a posting on Craigslist landed her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers. The ultimate D.C. outsider, she joined the elite team who accompanied the president wherever he went, recorder and mic in hand. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forged friendships with a dynamic group of fellow travelers–young men and women who, like her, left their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president.
As she learned to navigate White House protocols and more than once ran afoul of the hierarchy, Beck became romantically entangled with a consummate D.C. insider, and suddenly the political became all too personal.
Against the backdrop of glamour, drama, and intrigue, this is the story of a young woman making unlikely friendships, getting her heart broken, learning what truly matters, and, in the process, discovering her voice.
“Hilarious . . . Dorey-Stein writes with honesty and panache.” — Publishers Weekly
Grayson Capps is a singer-songwriter based on the Alabama Gulf coast. His latest album is Scarlett Roses (Royal Potato Family). His previous CDs include The Lost Cause Minstrels, Love Songs, Mermaids and Grappa and If You Knew My Mind. Capps’ songwriting blends his literary sense of story with roadhouse musical chops, “Tony Joe White meets Tom Waits,” as one critic wrote.
“Equal parts Southern Gothic and Los Angeles noir. [Capps’] songs are literate, imaginative, and sometimes magical…” — Blurt
Born in Baltimore and raised on the Chesapeake Bay, singer/songwriter Amy Andrews was brought up on the sounds of Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Motown. After years of vocal training for a career in musical theatre, she began writing her own music and performing on the road. Her latest releases are the 10-song LP, My Best and her newest single, Julie. One reviewer described her sound as, “Alison Krauss purity and Patty Griffin soul.” In November, Andrews will embark on a tour of the U.K.