Join us for The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.
Guests: Author-editor Neil White (“125 Years of Ole Miss Football”), acoustic trio, the Chadwick Band and soul/funk songwriter Silas Reed IV
NOTE: Due to a Thacker scheduling error, guitarist George McConnell’s previously announced appearance on today’s show will be rescheduled. We apologize and regret any inconvenience.
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
To commemorate 125 years of Ole Miss football history, the Nautilus Publishing Company has published Stories from 125 Years of Ole Miss Football, a collection of stories and photographs that don’t fit the typical “sports book” model. The book is a “Staff Pick” at Square Books.
Editor and Publisher, Neil White, said, “We didn’t want to re-package the same stories that have been repeated through the years. Every interview began with a simple question: Tell us a story most people don’t know about.”
White and his team of contributors — including Rick Cleveland, Billy Watkins, Robert Khayat, Jeff Roberson — interviewed more than 100 former players and coaches, as well as children, grandchildren, and widows of former Rebels. Some of the stories uncovered by the contributors include: The 1907 coach who got players drunk at halftime; the season Archie Manning intercepted four passes; and the former Ole Miss player who was banned from the NFL . . . for life!
White is the author of the acclaimed memoir, In The Sanctuary of Outcasts. The book, recounting his serving time for a white collar crime behind bars at the world’s last leper colony, won him the 2010 Southern Library Association Author of the Year award. The book also made a surprise late appearance on the New York Times bestseller list.
In 2016, the Times’ changed their list to combine print and e-book nonfiction bestsellers and In the Sanctuary of Outcasts came in at No. 15. The book also ranked number six on the Wall Street Journal e-book bestseller list.
In 2015, White sold the movie rights to Outcasts to veteran producer Stratton Leopold.
Oxford’s own Chadwicks – Billy, Barney, and Julie- have been making music and writing songs for over forty years. In the late 1970’s and 80’s, in collaboration with songwriter (and cousin) Vernon Chadwick, they recorded over 30 original songs at famed Malaco Studio in Jackson, ranging from beautiful ballads to edgy political commentary.
With the addition of percussionist Ricky Burkhead, “The Chadwick Band” combine rich harmonies and their joy of playing to bring these songs to life.
Singer-songwriter Silas Reed IV has been writing and performing for the past dozen years, including appearances on Thacker with his band, Da Books. While he indulges his influences such as Prince and Funkadelic, his most recent songwriting has reflected more personal topics. His latest single is Just Your Ghost. Hear it here.