25th Anniversary Show!

Big brass blowout celebrating 25 years on the air!

On air/ online: Thursday, August 3 – Sunday, August 6 – Join us for a very special broadcast as The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour celebrates 25 years on the air! We’re bringing in the big brass! (Originally aired Oct. 2022)

Author: Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies)

Music: Brass band, Southern Komfort Brass Band and synth rockers And the Echo

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhacker Big Band with the Thacker Horns 

Air times:

Thursday, August 3 – 6 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, August 4 – 6 am (CT) WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN

Saturday, August 5 – 3 pm (ET) WUTC 88.1 FM Chattanooga, TN

7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Sunday, August 6 –

3 pm (ET) WUOT | 91.9 FM, Knoxville

2 pm (MT) KNCE 93.5 | Taos, New Mexico



Deesha Philyaw

Deesha Philyaw’s The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (West Virginia University Press) explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world.

The book was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction and winner of the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award, the 2020 Story Prize and the 2020 L.A. Times Book Prize.

“Tender, fierce, proudly black and beautiful.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred)

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies was recently optioned as a series for HBO Max for which Philyaw will serve as executive producer.

Philyaw, who resides in Pittsburgh with her daughters, is currently in Oxford for a year as the 2022-23 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.


Southern Komfort Brass Band

Founded in 2010, the Southern Komfort Brass Band brought together a group of musicians who quickly discovered their niche which is New Orleans-style street jazz with a unique Mississippi twist.

The Southern Komfort Brass Band focuses on traditional brass band standards, special arrangements of popular blues, jazz, R&B and gospel tunes as well as Komfort originals.

The Southern Komfort Brass Band can be seen in the James Brown biopic film, “Get on Up” that was filmed in Mississippi.

And the Echo

And the Echo is a synth-pop/electronica duo from Oxford, a collaboration between Winn McElroy and Morgan Pennington. Their single Made for You, is from their forthcoming new album. Their self-titled debut album came out in April of 2015, followed by And The Echo II.

Of the single, Atwood Magazine wrote: “And the Echo established a sonic timbre and texture that continues to ring true for the Mississippi band. Glittering and pulsating, their song “Made for You” is a raw indulgence of ambience and connection, purpose and place.”