The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour performs live on Thursday, March 5 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.
Guests: Southern essayist Sean Dietrich (Will the Circle Be Unbroken?) with music by Austin songwriter Rebecca Loebe (Give Up Your Ghosts) and guitarist Kaleb Garrett
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
Sean Dietrich is the author of nine books including his latest Will the Circle Be Unbroken? A Memoir of Learning to Believe You’re Gonna Be Okay (Parkhurst Brothers Publishing), an unforgettable memoir of love and loss. Dietrich is known for his columns and novels and as the host of the “Sean of the South” podcast.
His new book describes how Dietrich was twelve years old when he scattered his father’s ashes across a mountain range. His father was a man who lived for baseball, a steel worker with a ready wink, who once scaled a fifty-foot tree just to hang a tire swing for his son. He was also the stranger who tried to kidnap and kill Sean’s mother before pulling the trigger on himself. He was a childhood hero, reduced to a man in a box.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken? is the story of what happens after the unthinkable, and the journey we all must make in finding the courage to stop the cycles of the past from laying claim to our future. Dietrich’s haunting story testifies to the strength within us to look to the future with renewed hope and wonder.
Rebecca Loebe’s latest release is Give Up Your Ghosts, her fifth full-length studio album. Her 2017 album, Blink, landed her a record deal with Houston, TX-based label, Blue Corn (home to three-time Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster). Her album, Mystery Prize, spent 2½ months on the Americana Music Association’s airplay chart and made its year-end Top 100. Loebe found herself singing to 12 million viewers on NBC-TV’s The Voice in that show’s inaugural season.
Born in Arlington, Virginia and raised in Atlanta, Loebe now lives in Austin, TX.
Kaleb Garrett is a virtuoso guitarist originally from Hiawassee, GA, now based in Nashville. Garrett’s fluid guitar playing draws on his wide range of musical influences growing up, from Fleetwood Mac to The Beatles to Bill Monroe to the Allman Brothers.
Garrett is currently collaborating with Songwriting Hall of Fame member Jim Weatherly (Midnight Train to Georgia). An EP is due later this later year.
A single from the EP, “Sunshine Girl” has just been released and is available to stream on most major platforms.