The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour fall season rolls on – Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.
Guests: Gospel rocker Rev John Wilkins, author Michael Martone and songwriter Love Moor
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) broadcast: Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7 pm (CT) http://www.mpbonline.org/
Alabama Public Radio (APR) broadcast: Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9 pm (CT) http://www.apr.org/
Thanks for listening!
Born and raised in Memphis, Reverend John Wilkins has roots in North Mississippi. On his latest CD, You Can’t Hurry God (Big Legal Mess) his music rocks with a nod to Memphis beats and Mississippi hill country blues. His rousing live performances now feature Wilkins’s three daughters adding soulful back-up vocals.
Wilkins’ father was the influential musician, the Rev. Robert Wilkins, whose song “Prodigal Son” was later covered by the Rolling Stones.
Michael Martone’s latest book is the quirky story collection, The Moon Over Wapakoneta – Fictions and Science Fictions From Indiana and Beyond (Univ. of Alabama Press). Martone chronicles his native Midwest with a keen eye, his trademark experimental story structures and his gift for finding the marvelous in the mundane. These off-beat stories include time travel across time zones from Ohio to Indiana; the “death” of baseball’s Derek Jeter, a convention of reanimated William Faulkners, how a beer bottle can serve as a telescope, and a story about how the Amish power their spaceships with windmills.
Said one reviewer: “Once again, the Mark Twain of metafiction offers us a collection of fictions and beautiful universes—including our own.”
Marton’s previous books include Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins; Unconventions: Attempting the Art of Craft And the Craft of Art; Michael Martone, a collection of fake contributor’s notes; and The Blue Guide to Indiana. Quarry Press has also recently published Double-Wide: Collected Fiction of Michael Martone, which includes five of his earlier books: Alive and Dead in Indiana, Safety Patrol, Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler’s List, Pensées: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle, and Seeing Eye.
Love Moor (Erica Andrew) was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Miami, and is now based in Birmingham. Her neo-soul tunes reflect those various geographical locales and revolve around themes of sexuality, nostalgia, abandonment, and self-love. Her album, Simp Girl was produced by Robot House’s Angel “Suaze” Perez. Her previous CD is Blu Polka Dots.
“Erica Andrew makes assured and ingratiating R&B that doesn’t hit a nerve so much as slide under the skin when no one’s looking.” — NPR