Join us for The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 pm at the Lyric Oxford (1006 Van Buren Ave, Oxford, MS). FREE admission. Doors: 5:30 pm. Cash bar available.
Guests: Author M. Randal O’Wain (Meander Belt), Memphis brass band, the Lucky 7 Brass Band and folk rockers, Good Luck Ola (Bring Em Home).
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
In his memoir, Meander Belt – Family, Loss, and Coming of Age in the Working-Class South (University of Nebraska Press) M. Randal O’Wain offers a reflection on how a working-class boy from Memphis, Tennessee, came to fall in love with language, reading, writing, and the larger world outside of the American South.
This memoir examines what it means for the son of a carpenter to value mental rather than physical labor and what this does to his relationship with his family, whose livelihood and sensibility are decidedly blue collar.
M. Randal O’Wain earned his MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. He is a teaching assistant professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
A story collection, Hallelujah Station, will be published by Autumn House Press in the fall of 2020.
The Lucky 7 Brass Band is a Memphis powerhouse that brings a multitude of influences into their dynamic live sets from the sweet soul sounds of Stax to rock, pop and hip-hop. The band is Ryan Peel (drums), Neal Bowen (bass), Randy Ballard (trumpet), Jawaun Crawford (trumpet), Nathan Duvall (trombone), Victor Sawyer, trombone), and Jeremy Louis (alto sax). Veteran alto sax man, Jim Spake, often performs with the band.
Heather Moulder and Alexis Marie Thompson are country-folk singers who grew up in little corners of Appalachia and made their way to Nashville. Their songs address contemporary life with folk imagery pulled from the past employing old-timey sounds. Their latest album is Bring Em Home. Their previous releases include the singles, Conservation Men, Child Owlet, The Twilight Twins and their debut EP, Good Luck Ola.