The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour reaches back into the vault for this classic show from March 31, 2018. This broadcast was in partnership with our good friends at the Oxford Conference for the Book, and their 25th anniversary that year. Like everyone else, the Book Conference cancelled their 2020 event so we offer this encore performance – before a packed, enthusiastic crowd at the Lyric Theatre in Oxford – as a toast to all their hard work and return in 2021!
Our author is the internationally renowned Martin Amis (“The Rub of Time”) who reads a hilarious essay in which he trashes the most hallowed names in professional tennis.
Our musical guests are two acts who have exploded onto the national stage since this show, country-rockers Sarah Shook and the Disarmers and sister blues duo, Larkin Poe. (Bios below).
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Saturday, May 9 – 7 pm (CT) – Mississippi Public Broadcasting
9 pm (CT) – Alabama Public Radio
Stay safe, everybody. Thanks for listening!
Martin Amis is the author of The Rub of Time – Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1986-2017 (Knopf). This is the definitive collection of essays and reportage written during the past thirty years from one of the most provocative and widely read writers—with new commentary by the author.
For more than thirty years, British author Martin Amis has turned his keen intellect and unrivaled prose loose on an astonishing range of topics—politics, sports, celebrity, America, and, of course, literature. Now, at last, these incomparable essays have been gathered together. The Rub of Time is a vital addition to any Amis fan’s bookshelf, and the perfect primer for readers discovering his fierce and tremendous journalistic talents for the first time.
Amis is the author of fourteen novels, including the bestsellers Money and London Fields, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories, and six previous nonfiction books. He lives in Brooklyn.
Sarah Shook and the Disarmers’ latest releases are, Years (Bloodshot Records) and On Audiotree Live. Their music is highlighted by Shook’s sly lyrical wit and her band’s classic country sound mixed with contemporary earthy tension. Rolling Stone said, “Her sound is a sneering fusion of punk-rock autonomy and say-it-like-it-is country from the classic era, paired with a timeless vocal warble and tons of attitude.”
Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe are singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist sisters who perform their own brand of roots rock. Originally from Atlanta and currently living in Nashville, they are descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allan Poe. Their 2014 release, KIN, quickly established their sound: Haim-esque vocal harmonies with thick, gnarly guitar riffs. On their album, Peach, the duo explored their blues roots via covers of Son House, Robert Johnson and Lead Belly.
Their newest full-length album, Self Made Man, is now available for pre-order.