Join us Thursday, October 18 at 6 pm at the Lyric Oxford (1006 Van Buren Ave, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission. Doors: 5:30 pm. Plenty of seating; cash bar.
Guests: Songwriter, author and former Ole Miss quarterback Jim Weatherly (“Midnight Train”) singer-songwriter Taylor Hunnicutt (“Flower in a Drought”) and special guest, Cary Hudson (“Town and Country”).
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
Jim Weatherly is the co-author (with Jeff Roberson) of Midnight Train (Yoknapatawpha Press), a memoir of his life in sports and show business. Weatherly has been writing songs for almost 50 years, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014. His best-known composition is “Midnight Train to Georgia” recorded by Gladys Knight & the Pips. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks among many others.
Weatherly, a native of Pontotoc, MS played for legendary Ole Miss Coach Johnny Vaught as an All-Southeastern Conference quarterback and honorable mention All-American on the 1964 team. He was also a member of the only unbeaten and untied national championship squad in University of Mississippi history in 1962 – a team that captured the SEC championship that year and again in 1963.
NOTE: Weatherly and Roberson will sign copies of Midnight Train at the Lyric before the show from 5-6 pm as well as afterwards at 7 pm.
Jeff Roberson is a Baldwyn, MS native and an Ole Miss alumnus who spent a quarter century as a sportswriter and editor at the Oxford Eagle, the Ole Miss Spirit, and the Oxford Citizen. He is currently an administrator with Families First for Mississippi, an agency whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families in the state. Roberson lives in Oxford.
Cary Hudson is a singer-songwriter, former Oxford resident and former front man for the rock band, Blue Mountain. Hudson has released six solo albums including his latest, Town and Country (Daddy Rabbit Records). Hudson has been named one of the Top Ten Alternative Country Guitar Players by Gibson magazine and continues to tour and write songs in a career spanning 30 years. Hudson lives in New Orleans and hopes to someday, “whistle like Professor Longhair.”
Taylor Hunnicutt is a singer/songwriter based in Birmingham, Alabama. With roots in blues, soul, country and Americana, Taylor’s performances cross genre lines and give audiences a unique and authentic storytelling experience. Her latest release is the EP, Flower in a Drought.