Thacker News – Spring premiere with Bobby Rush and Nikki Giovanni!

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, the Oxford, MS-based music and literature show, opens its spring season this weekend with two legends: celebrated poet Nikki Giovanni (above) and veteran bluesman, Bobby Rush. Also featured will be Colorado singer-songwriter, Xanthe Alexis. The show is hosted by Jim Dees and Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers. The broadcast can be…
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Thacker News – Radio show sets online fundraiser, ‘Wish You Were Here!’

    The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour wrapped up its first season ever without in-person audiences at Off Square Books. The show, bowing to Covid-19 restrictions, put together each broadcast in-studio with host Jim Dees interviewing authors by phone and using recorded musical performances, including those by the show’s house band, the Yalobushwhackers (above). Now,…
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Host Post: Suzi Quatro on Thacker Halloween!

  Suzi Quatro, 70 years young, with 55 million records sold and half a century of rock and roll under her leather jumpsuit, is the perfect guest for Halloween. She can’t be scared. She can’t be tricked and doesn’t need your treat. She’s fearless with the ‘Bring it’ energy of a prize fighter about to…
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Host Post: “Alive with their past purpose…”

In our cookie-cutter world where gratification is instant (depending on your service provider), it’s refreshing to know that Freeman Vines is out there taking individuality to the limit – and beyond. For 50 years in and around his Fountain, North Carolina home he has hand-carved guitars with a planer. Using an electric planer, the job…
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Host Post: “The hardest interview I’ve ever done…”

Natasha Trethewey, former Mississippi and US Poet Laureate, is our author this Saturday (8-1) on The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. Our phone interview was recorded last week and man, she’s a sweetheart and a heavyweight, a case of gracious gravitas. Hear the show this Saturday as we kick off an all-star August of shows. Although…
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Thacker News – ‘Thanks Thacker’ fund drive launched

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, the Oxford, MS-based music and literature program, has announced a fundraising drive to offset revenue lost during the ongoing COVID-19 virus pandemic. “We were forced to cancel our summer tour of cities around the state,” Thacker producer Alice Pierotti said in a statement. “This has resulted in an exponential decrease…
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Thacker News – Radio show issues statement on racial injustice

The Board of Directors of The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour has issued the following statement regarding events surrounding the May 25, 2020 homicide of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota: “The Board of Directors of The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour would like to express our solidarity with the protests now occurring around the world against injustices…
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Host Post: Country QB scores soulful hits

  Soul and country music have a long, shared kinship going back to artists such as Arthur Alexander, Ray Charles and even “Ode to Billie Joe’s,” Bobbie Gentry. This week (Saturday, May 23) on Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, our author is Jim Weatherly, a Grammy-winning member of the country-soul family, even if he didn’t plan…
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