The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, the award-winning, Oxford-based music and literary show, will return to Tupelo’s Link Centre on Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 pm. Guests will include poet Derrick Harriell, blues musician Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright and soul-pop rockers, Hannah Gill and the Hours. The show is hosted by Jim Dees and house band, the Yalobushwhackers. The program is FREE and open to the public.
Both bands will perform full sets following the radio show from 9-10 pm. Beer and wine available.
The Link Centre Concert Hall is located at 1800 West Main Street. For more information call 662-690-4011.
6 pm – 7:15 pm Pre-show Tex-Mex dinner in the Link Centre Reception Hall.
Dinner tickets: $25 – includes one free beverage and seating in a reserved section of the Concert Hall for the show.
NOTE: No live broadcast; this show will air on Saturday, August 11 at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting which can be heard in Tupelo on WMAE 89.5 FM.
Derrick Harriell’s latest poetry collection is Stripper in Wonderland (LSU Press). The percussive poems move from birth to death, funk to hip-hop, and racism to religion as Harriell explores the life of a modern black man transplanted from the American Midwest to the Deep South. Harriell directs the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at the University of Mississippi. His previous collections of poetry include Cotton (2010), and Ropes, which won the 2014 Poetry Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
Maryland-native Hannah Gill and The Hours blend 70s lo-fi pop and rock with contemporary soul and blues. Songwriter/vocalist Gill’s soulful, lush vocals are set off by Brad Hammonds’ jazzy arrangements and improvisational guitar. Hannah Gill and The Hours’ have just released a new five-song EP, Lost in Words, called by one reviewer, “the stuff alternative pop dreams are made of.” The band’s previous EP is, The Water (Footnote Records).
Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright is a blues musician originally from Stuttgart, Arkansas now based in Louisiana. Cartwright began as teenage prodigy learning Howlin Wolf songs at the knee of Hubert Sumlin. He is now an accomplished live performer who moves easily between acoustic and electric blues styles. His Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright Band appears widely on the festival circuit and showcases Cartwright’s formidable guitar skills.