Join us for The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.
Guests: Author Rion Amilcar Scott (“The World Doesn’t Require You”), blues harmonica player Tim Gartland (“Satisfied”) and folk singer Claire Holley (“Every Hour”).
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
In Rion Amilcar Scott’s collection of stories, The World Doesn’t Require You (Liveright), the author shatters rigid genre lines to explore larger themes of religion, violence, and love—all told with sly humor and a dash of magical realism.
Scott has created Cross River, Md., one of the most fascinating cities in America. The town is known as the home of Freedman’s University, the birthplace of Riverbeat music (made famous by beloved prodigy Phoenix Starr) and, of course, “the only successful slave uprising in this country — ever.”
Scott’s first book, Insurrections, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Rumpus, PANK, and Confrontation, among other publications.
Scott proves to be immensely talented at conjuring an alternate reality that looks like an amplified version of our own. Bizarre, tender and brilliantly imagined, The World Doesn’t Require You isn’t just one of the most inventive books of the year, it’s also one of the best.
Claire Holley’s latest album is Every Hour, an inspired collection of hymns and sacred songs, plus a Beach Boys cover and an original. Her own songs are literary, playful, meditative, and earthy. “Simultaneously powerful and light as a feather,” said No Depression magazine.
A native of Mississippi, Holley owes much to the southern tradition of storytelling. She has previously released seven full length records and two EPs. Her music has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition as well as in film and television. Her previous CD was Time in the Middle. Holley lives in Los Angeles.
Harmonica player Tim Gartland’s latest album is Satisfied (Taste Good Music). His previous album, 2017’s “If You Want A Good Woman” reached #1 on the blues charts on Air Play Direct.
“Tim Gartland brings discipline and an understated verve to his harmonica work…that well-deep singing voice [is] a combination of Charlie Musselwhite, Leon Russell and Willie Dixon…as a songwriter, he has a good sense of melody and provides intelligent lyrics…” (DownBeat)
The ten original songs on Satisfied, blend blues, soul, roots rock and country and were all written or co-written by Gartland. He lives in Nashville.