A Season on the Brink

A sports comeback for the ages plus roots and jazz!

Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, March 19 – Take me out to the radio show! Celebrating baseball with indie rock and bluesy jazz!

Author: Chase ParhamResilient Rebels – Ole Miss Baseball’s Remarkable Path to a National Title

Music: Memphis jazz vocalist Candace Mache and the Swinging Machetes plus indie rockers, The Fa La La

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Thursday, March 16 – 6:00 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, March 17 – 6 am WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.

Saturday, March 18 –3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Sunday, March 19 – 3 pm (ET) WUOT | 91.9 FM, Knoxville

Listen: Thacker Mountain Radio Hour on Spotify



Chase Parham

Chase Parham is the author of Resilient Rebels – Ole Miss Baseball’s Remarkable Path to a National Title.

The book recounts the 2022 Rebel baseball season that saw a brutal midseason slump drop Ole Miss to the bottom of the Southeastern Conference standings and out of the Top 25.

The team lost 18 out of 29 games  in March and April and as of early May were 7-14 in SEC play.

Then, they lost in the opening round of the SEC Tournament and were sent home to hope the NCAA Selection Committee might somehow extend their season.

They did.

The Rebels were picked for the Coral Gables Regional (the last of the field of 64).

One of the most improbable stories in the modern sports era was about to begin…

“The Rebels’ run to Omaha was already one of the great stories of college baseball’s modern era. But after learning some of the things going on behind the scenes… I’m blown away.”– Mike Rooney, ESPN

Chase Parham has covered Ole Miss Baseball since 2006. He lives in Oxford, MS.


Candace Mache & The Swinging Machetes

Candace Mache is from Tupelo, MS, and grew up in Memphis, TN. Members of the Swinging Machetes are Jim Spake, James Cunningham, and Tom Arndt. Thacker listeners may recall her recent appearance singing with the Dan Montgomery Band.

Her repertoire covers jazz standards from the 1920’s-1950’s; New Orleans R&B; Memphis rockabilly and soul; 1960’s pop, 1970’s rock covers, plus, “bluesy jazz and jazzy blues.”

The Fa La La

The Fa La La is an indie rock band from Jackson, MS.

Formed from such bands as Living Better Electrically and Spacewolf, the quartet includes Jakob Clark (bass & vocals), Chris Offal (guitar & vocals), Drew McKercher (guitar & vocals), and Jarad Wilson (drums).