Thacker Thursday at the Lyric!

Authors Eric Barnes and Jimmy Reed with blues powerhouse JJ Thames plus special guest Memphis guitarist John Paul Keith

Live from the Lyric Oxford April 19, 2018 at 6 pm

MPB broadcast on April 28, 2018 at 7 pm

Join us for our last show at The Lyric Oxford until fall (1006 Van Buren Ave) Doors: 5:30 pm. Show: 6 pm. FREE admission. Drink service available. Guests: Author Eric Barnes (“The City Where We Once Lived”) and Delta writer Jimmy Reed (“One Hundred By Five Hundred”), blues powerhouse JJ Thames plus special guest, Memphis guitarist/songwriter, (and former Yalobushwhacker), John Paul Keith.

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers.

Radio: 92.1 FM (Oxford)


NOTE: After our Lyric show, you’re invited to our Spring Membership Party!  7 – 8:30 pm at Tallahatchie Gourmet (1221 Van Buren Ave, Oxford, MS 38655) located across the street from Off Square Books in the basement of Neilson’s.
We’ll have appetizers, drinks, and live music to celebrate our spring season and support future production of The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour.  Free for members. Join or renew: $50 Individual, $75 Partner, $20 Student – Join at the Lyric or at Tallahatchie Gourmet door – or this website: Go to “Donate.”

Thanks to all and see you there!



John Paul Keith

John Paul Keith has two new releases out; his latest solo CD, Heart Shaped Shadow, as well as a CD with the band he fronts with bassist/vocalist Amy LaVere, Motel Mirrors and their full-length debut, In the Meantime, both on Last Chance Records. Keith’s previous CDs include Memphis Circa 3AM (Big Legal Mess Records). That CD was produced by the late Roland Janes – longtime house guitarist and engineer for Sun Records.

John Paul Keith is an avid student of Memphis music history, appearing as a frequent contributor on NPR’s Beale Street Caravan. Keith’s radio experience also includes a stint as the bandleader of the Yalobushwhackers on The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour (2015-16).

Keith recently contributed a song to the new Don Bryant album on Fat Possum Records, Don’t Give Up on Love.

JJ Thames

Soul singer JJ Thames has lived in Mississippi and Detroit. Her 2014 debut album Tell You What I Know (Delchamp) was co-produced by Grady Champion and garnered critical acclaim. The title song was written while Thames was a single mom in a homeless shelter.

Her follow up, Raw Sugar, was produced by Eddie Cotton and recorded at famous Malaco Studios in Jackson. For her Thacker appearance, Thames will be backed up by the Yalobushwhackers.


Eric Barnes

Eric Barnes is the author of The City Where We Once Lived (Arcade Publishing), a haunting novel of the near future that combines a prescient look at climate change and industrial flight with a deeply personal story of one man running from his past. Chris Offutt wrote, “The City Where We Once Lived” kept me enthralled throughout. At the core is a deep and admirable compassion for humanity.”

Barnes is the author of the novels Shimmer, an IndieNext Pick, and Something Pretty, Something Beautiful. He has also published more than forty short stories in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, The Literary Review, Best American Mystery Stories, and other venues. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jimmy Reed

Jimmy Reed is the author of One Hundred by Five Hundred (Christian Faith Publishing) a collection of 100 stories each 500 words in length chronicling life in the Mississippi Delta. Many of the stories revolve around life lessons handed down on the farm by an African American mentor, Jaybird.

Reed retired from a two-decade farming career and completed a second career as a university professor in Oxford, Mississippi.

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