Save the Date! See you in Madison County, MS!

Join us in Livingston, MS for a live recording of the show!

Live from Livingston, MS! October 26, 2019 at 6-7 pm

Save the date! We’re bringing The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour to Livingston, MS in Madison County. Showtime: 6 pm (After party: 7 pm). Livingston is located at the intersection of Highways 463 and 22 in Madison County.

Admission: $5 per carload

Guests: Author Matthew Guinn (“The Scribe”), acoustic country band, TB Ledford and the Accumulators featuring the Ledford Girls plus R&B vocalist Damein Wash.

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Outdoor venue – be weather aware! (Rain site: Space above The Briar Patch, 1150 Old Cedars Ln.)

No live broadcast. This show will be heard on Mississippi and Alabama Public networks:

Mississippi: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 pm:

Alabama: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 pm:



Matthew Guinn

Matthew Guinn’s most recent novel is the literary thriller, The Scribe (Norton). The book takes place during the 1881 International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta. Disgraced former detective Thomas Canby is called back to the city to track a serial murderer who seems to be targeting the city’s wealthiest black entrepreneurs. Canby is aided in his task by pious, prim Cyrus Underwood, Atlanta’s first duly authorized constable of color.

They soon find that there’s far more to the gory series of murders than meets the eye, as white corpses, each with foreheads bearing bloody single letters, join the black ones in what another character likens to a accursed “spelling bee.”

“A heady mix of history, sizzle, punch, and danger.” – Steve Berry

Guinn’s previous books are the novel, The Resurrectionist and a book of literary criticism, After Southern Modernism: Fiction of the Contemporary South.

A native of Atlanta, Matthew Guinn earned a BA in English from the University of Georgia. At the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Ph.D. in English, he was personal assistant to the late James Dickey.

Matthew is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. He and his wife, Kristen, live in Jackson with their two children, Braiden and Phoebe.


TB Ledford and the Accumulators featuring the Ledford Girls

TB Ledford and the Accumulators is led by Tommy Bryan Ledford, a journeyman musician (guitar, banjo, singer/songwriter) who was born in the Mississippi Delta and raised in the piney hills of Louisiana. Following his move to Lafayette County, MS he played with such bands as the Sincere Ramblers, the Kudzu Kings, and the Taylor Grocery Band. In 1997, he helped co-found The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour.

Besides Ledford on guitar the Accumulators include Austin Sorey (bass) and Matthew Magee (fiddle). The group also includes Ledford’s daughters: Lila Ledford on guitar, Lucy Ledford on fiddle and Ava Ledford on fiddle.

Ledford’s CDs include Butcher Bird, The Taylor Grocery Band and A Sincere Ramblers Christmas. He and his wife, Leah, live in Jackson, MS with their four daughters.

Damein Wash

Damein Wash is a dynamic vocalist/keyboardist from Oxford, Mississippi. An avid performer, Wash has taken Mississippi music across the United States. He also writes scores for television and film, including arranging and conducting “Deep South Gospel” for Sony’s Moonshine Recording, which was featured on the national television show, American Gods. His recent work includes directing a concert of protest songs for Oxford’s Burns Belfry Museum, performing a Mississippi Gospel Blues concert in France and Germany, and assembling a Mississippi soul singer tribute for the Governor’s Concert at the Bicentennial Celebration North.

He is also the lead vocalist and arranger for the Soul Tones, a R&B soul band.