Join us Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.
Guests: Author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (“Friday Black”) with musical guests Cedric Burnside (“Benton County Relic”) and Memphis surf-garage band, Impala (“In The Late Hours”).
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the author of the story collection, Friday Black (Mariner Books). A piercingly raw debut story collection from a young writer with an explosive voice; a treacherously surreal, and, at times, heartbreakingly satirical look at what it’s like to be young and black in America. These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world.
“The wildly talented Adjei-Brenyah has made these edgy tales immensely charming, via his resolute, heartful, immensely likeable narrators, capable of seeing the world as blessed and cursed at once.” — George Saunders
Cedric Burnside is a Grammy-nominated blues musician who was born and raised around Holly Springs, Mississippi. His latest CD, released in September, is Benton County Relic (Single Lock Records). The album includes the gritty single “We Made It,” a matter-of-fact recitation of Burnside’s poverty-stricken childhood without running water, radio or TV (“I come from nothin’/I done been lower than low/I keep my head straight/No matter how low I go”).
Cedric is the grandson of the legendary R.L. Burnside and son of drummer Calvin Jackson. He is a four-time winner of the prestigious Blues Music Award’s Drummer of the Year (2010-2014) and is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world. He is also an accomplished guitarist and vocalist.
His previous CD, Descendants of Hill Country was nominated for the Grammy as the Best Blues Album of 2016. His previous CDs include, Here Me When I Say, and Take Me As I Am.
Impala was a surf rock/garage band formed in Memphis, TN in the early 1990s. Their first LP, El Rancho Reverbo, was co-produced by the legendary Roland Janes (Jerry Lee Lewis’ guitar player) at Sam Phillips Recording Service. They also released the anthology Night Full of Sirens, on bassist Scott Bomar’s label, Electraphonic, in 2006.
After a decade plus hiatus, Impala has re-formed for a series of gigs and has released In the Late Hours (Electraphonic). The album includes ten guitar and sax-driven R&B songs, inspired by the golden era of Memphis music when rockabilly, rhythm and blues, jazz, garage and soul music collided. These songs channel potent ghosts- Packy Axton, Willie Mitchell and Ike Turner, all pioneers of Memphis’ instrumental scene – while grooving with modern drive.