Host Post: Whiskey of Whisper Mountain

by Jim Dees – Greg Iles is our “headliner” on Thacker this week but our “other” author is a powerhouse as well. Troylyn Bell and her husband, Charlie, an engineer and real estate investor, had spent their entire lives in Texas. Following a near fatal trip to the emergency room with one of their two…
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Host Post: “I like fast music.”

  by Jim Dees At age 85, Sonny Burgess may be the oldest guest we’ve ever had on The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. He’s definitely the oldest rock and roller. “I like fast music,” he recently told NPR. “You need to be able to dance to it.” Burgess is from Newport, Arkansas and formed his…
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Host Post: Art Rocks!

    The disco ball at Off Square Books puts it own spin on each edition of the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. by Jim Dees – This week produced the heart-warming sight of hundreds, if not thousands, of Mississippians becoming enthusiastically active in the affairs of their government. In this case, citizens rose up to defend the independent expression…
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Host Post: Party with a Purpose

by Jim Dees – In the early frontier days of Thacker, there was no mission statement or outreach strategy, other than getting through the hour without knocking something over. Seventeen years ago, with the Taylor Grocery Band and then later with shaman legends, Duff Dorrough and Jim Dickinson, the only “outreach” was from Chip and…
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Host Post: Out with a Bang and a Twang

by Jim Dees – The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is ringing down the curtain on a great fall season this Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 pm at the Lyric Oxford. Admission is free and drink service will be available. Doors at 5:30. Our headliner, Southern Avenue, is a rocking blues band from the Bluff City…
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Host Post: Wrong Side of the Microphone

by Jim Dees – The first time I met George Plasketes he quoted Groucho Marx, “You can leave in a huff. If that’s too soon, you can leave in a minute and a huff.” I did a double take at this towering figure (former SEC defensive end) with blonde hair flowing down around his shoulders,…
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Host Post: Ghosts of the Future

by Jim Dees – We love doing Thacker Mountain Radio at the Lyric. The acoustics are great and there’s room for more people yet it’s still small enough to be intimate. Plus, there’s refreshments. The building itself has survived over a century of existence and even fire in the last 100 years, dating back to…
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Host Post: Rolling into Fall

by Jim Dees – This week The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour will pull off a hat trick of three shows in one week. Last Thursday, at Off Square Books, we hosted Nathan Hill, one of the hottest novelists in the country. His debut novel “The Nix,” is an audacious 620-page deep-dive into family, politics, culture…
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Host Post: Champion of Breakfasts

By Jim Dees – Oxford’s solid literary reputation is impeccable, from Faulkner to the present-day Poet Laureate of Mississippi, but how did our little square corner of the world become a renowned food destination? My contention is it began in 1992 with the opening of City Grocery by Chef John Currence. It’s easy to forget…
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Host Post: Not all pioneers are men

By Jim Dees The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour returns to Oxford Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6 pm at the Lyric Theatre. Admission is free and the public is invited. We’ve planned something truly special for this season premiere: a musical interpretation of “Trials of the Earth,” the dramatic, epic memoir based on diaries kept by…
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