Live at the Neshoba County Fair!

HGTV's Erin and Ben Napier, bluesman R.L. Boyce and 11-year-old Texas guitar phenom, Jack Barksdale!

Founder's Square Pavilion, Neshoba County Fair, Philadelphia, MS July 28, 2019 at 8 pm

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour returns to the Neshoba County Fair, outside Philadelphia, MS, Saturday, July 27 at 8 pm at the Founder’s Square Pavilion. Guests will include HGTV’s Erin and Ben Napier, Grammy-nominated bluesman R.L. Boyce and Texas guitar wunderkind, Jack Barksdale. Hosts are Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers.

No live broadcast. This program will be recorded for air on Saturday, August 4 at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and 9 pm on Alabama Public Radio.

Information on Fair tickets, parking, etc:

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is heard in Neshoba County every Saturday at 7 pm on WMAW 88.1 FM.



Erin and Ben Napier

Erin and Ben Napier are the hosts of HGTV’s Home Town, a home make-over show now in its third season. On each show the couple renovates and reimagines an old home using found materials and old textiles, all within Laurel, MS. Their new book, Make Something Good Today (Gallery Books) offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their world of work, persistence and hard-won humor. Combining Ben’s carpentry skills with Erin’s design eye, their creations show that “small-town living can feel as big as you make it.”


R.L. Boyce

R.L. Boyce is a Grammy-nominated blues musician from Como, Mississippi. He began his career as a drummer with Otha Turner, Jessie Mae Hemphill and RL Burnside before moving to guitar. His 2017 album Roll and Tumble (Waxploitation) received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album (losing out to revered blues traditionalists, the Rolling Stones). Tumble was co-produced by Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars who also plays on the record. Dickinson says, “They say the greatest players are so tight they are loose. This is that.”

Adds Boyce: “Most of it, when somethin’ hits my mind, I just start. I don’t do no rehearsin’ with nobody. I don’t do nothin’ like that. Whatever hits me, I jump in on it.”

Jack Barksdale

Jack Barksdale is an 11-year-old singer/songwriter from Texas. Inspired by folk, rock, and blues legends, Jack started performing original music at age nine and has already shared the stage with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Will Kimbrough, and Hayes Carll.
Barksdale’s latest album, Live From Niles City, will be released June 28. His previous release is the EP, Revival.