Savage Country! Acclaimed novelist Robert Olmstead and music biographer Bob Mehr with music by songwriter Dylan LeBlanc and Oxford band, FunkAtomic

Live from Off Square Books on October 5, 2017 at 6 pm

MPB Broadcast on October 14, 2017 at 7 pm

Join us Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE Admission.
Guests: Novelist Robert Olmstead (“Savage Country”), music journalist Bob Mehr (“Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements), with music by Muscle Shoals singer-songwriter, Dylan LeBlanc and Oxford funk/jazz band, FunkAtomic.
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford) Online:
NOTE: Our friends at The End of All Music will be at this show with copies of  The Replacements for Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 on both vinyl and CD a day earlier than the release date (Oct. 6th). Package includes liner notes by Bob Mehr.



Robert Olmstead

Robert Olmstead’s ninth book is the novel, Savage Country (Algonquin). Set against a backdrop of the devastating buffalo hunts of the 1870s, the narrative has an unlikely protagonist at its center: an indefatigable woman, Elizabeth Coughlin. She is a widow bankrupted by her late husband. In an epic mission reminiscent of the cattle drive in “Lonesome Dove,” she embarks on a dangerous buffalo hunt with her estranged and mysterious brother-in-law in hopes of saving her farm.

Oxford’s own Tom Franklin says, “Robert Olmstead gets better with every book. If you know all of his previous books, you know how startling this fact is, and how startlingly good this writer is.” Olmstead’s previous novel, Far Bright Star, is in development as movie with Joaquin Phoenix. Olmstead is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Bob Mehr

Bob Mehr is the author of Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements (Da Capo Press) an epic biography about the notorious, hard-living band. Based on a decade of research and reporting–as well as access to the Replacements’ key principals, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson–Mehr has fashioned something far more compelling than a conventional band bio. Trouble Boys is a deeply intimate portrait.

Bob Mehr is a music critic for the USA Today Network, The Commercial Appeal and a longtime contributor to MOJO magazine. He lives in Memphis with his wife.


Dylan LeBlanc

Dylan LeBlanc’s latest album is Cautionary Tale (Single Lock Records). The singer/songwriter grew up in Shreveport and Muscle Shoals but his sound is more Neil Young than southern soul. The album was produced in Muscle Shoals by Ben Tanner of the Alabama Shakes and John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars. Thought not exactly “country music,” LeBlanc was named one of “Ten Country Artists To Watch” by Rolling Stone. On Friday, Oct. 6, LeBlanc will be the headline act at the Levitt Shell in Memphis.


FunkAtomic is a funk/jazz band led by veteran north Mississippi- New Orleans saxophonist, Casey Ray Lipe. The quartet includes “Star” on keyboards, Michael Vaughn on bass and drummer Jonny Lott. The group is putting the finishing touches on album of original songs recorded at Dial Back Studio in Water Valley.