Join us at the beautiful Gertrude C. Ford Center!

A very special night at the Ford Center with two authors, two bands and the Oxford Film Festival!

Live from Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts February 7, 2019 at 6 pm

Join us for The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6 pm at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (351 University Ave, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.

Guests: Authors Sam Lipsyte (“Hark”) and Snowden Wright (“American Pop”) and musical acts, The Medium and Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

NOTE: The show is presented in conjunction with the Oxford Film Festival, although no film fest pass is required for our show. For more information on the Oxford Film Festival visit:

For 25% off any ticket or pass to the Oxford Film Festival including opening night film, Ghost Light, Thacker fans can use code: THACKER ( it is cap sensitive). Ghost Light plays after Thacker and tickets can be bought here:

Reminder: Both authors will sign books at Square Books following the show.

Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)

This show will be heard on Mississippi and Alabama public radio networks:
Mississippi: Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 pm:
Alabama: Saturday, Feb. 16 at 9 pm:



Sam Lipsyte

Sam Lipsyte is the author of the novel, Hark (Simon Schuster) a brilliant social satire of contemporary culture. Hark Morner is an unwitting guru whose technique of “Mental Archery” – “a goofy combination of mindfulness, made-up history, yoga, and visualizations based around archery” – is set to captivate the masses and raise him to near-messiah status. The book revels in absurdity and the wild poetry of everyday language while exploring the search for dignity in a chaotic and often ridiculous world.

Lipsyte is the author of the story collections Venus Drive and The Fun Parts and three previous novels: The Ask, The Subject Steve, and Home Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.

Snowden Wright

Snowden Wright is the author of American Pop (Harper Collins), a sweeping novel that follows a family from 1870 to 1980. The book begins in Mississippi with Houghton Forster, a first-generation American who invents Panola Cola, a fizzy drink that makes him rich. Moving from Mississippi to Paris to New York and back again, the book is a saga of family, ambition, passion, and tragedy that brings to life one unforgettable Southern dynasty against the backdrop of more than a century of American cultural history.

A Mississippi native, Snowden’s previous novel was Play Pretty Blues, based on the life of blues musician Robert Johnson. Snowden lives in Atlanta.


Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band

Sharde Thomas is the granddaughter of the late Othar Turner, a leading practitioner of the North Mississippi fife and drum tradition. She released her debut CD, What Do I Do? at age 20. The New York Times has called Thomas and her band, the Rising Stars Fife and Drum Band, “the last living link to fife and drum music.”

Sharde appears with frequent collaborator Luther Dickinson and the Sisters of the Strawberry Moon on their debut album Solstice on March 22nd via New West Records. The all-star collaboration features Dickinson and Thomas alongside Amy Helm, Amy LaVere, Birds of Chicago, and the Como Mamas. A seven-city tour will follow.

A documentary film, Sharde Thomas: A Legacy of the Fife will be shown as part of the Oxford Film Festival, Friday, Feb. 8  at 12 pm Malco Commons Screen 1
(206 Commonwealth Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655).


The Medium

Formed in 2015 and based in Nashville, The Medium are Shane Perry (guitar/vocals), Sam Silva (bass guitar/vocals), Michael Brudi (guitar/vocals) and Jared Hicks (drums). Their sound is a mix of psychedelic-era Beatles, garage pop and mod rock. The band’s most recent release is the single, “Good Ol’ Days.”

Following their Thacker appearance at the Ford Center, the band will perform a full set at 9 pm Thursday evening at Proud Larry’s.

Check out the show!