Saturday, May 22 – A special “family homecoming” edition of The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. We’ll welcome Mary Lindsay Dickinson, wife of the late musician (and the original Yalobushwhacker) Jim Dickinson and his posthumous memoir, I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone; also photographer-filmmaker David Rae Morris, son of Mississippi author Willie Morris and the reissue of Willie’s sports memoir, Always Stand In Against the Curve; plus songwriter Lilly Winwood prior to her tour with her father, Steve Winwood.
Plus a special appearance by New Orleans-inspired funk band, Slim Wednesday.
Hosts: Jim Dees and house band, the Yalobushwhackers
(From April 2017).
Air times – On line and on air:
Saturday, May 22 – 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting
9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio
Thursdays 6pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi
Fridays 9am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio
Mary Lindsay Dickinson was married to the late producer/musician Jim Dickinson (Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones) for 45 years. His posthumous memoir recounting his rock and roll life is I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone (University Press of Miss.). Mary Lindsay and Jim are the parents of Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Miss. Allstars.
From Kirkus Reviews: “I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone – A memoir of sorts by the late Memphis musical legend, Jim Dickinson (1941-2009). A world-class storyteller, the book is a mix of homespun philosophy, hipster poetry, ribald anecdotes, and humanizing reminiscences about pretty much everyone who was anyone in Southern musical circles…”
In 1985 the Dickinson family moved to Hernando, MS where they operated a home studio before establishing the Zebra Ranch studio in 1995 near Coldwater; Mary Lindsay worked the business side of the operation that continues today. A former horse trainer and artist, Mary Lindsay recently earned a sixth-degree black belt in karate.
Jim Dickinson was pianist, co-band leader and real-deal presence extraordinaire on Thacker Mountain Radio – he coined the name, “Yalobushwhackers” – from February 2005 until just months before his death on August 15, 2009. He was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012.
David Rae Morris is a photo/journalist and documentary filmmaker and the son of late Mississippi author Willie Morris. His father’s sports memoir, Always Stand in Against the Curve has just been re-issued by Yoknapatawpha Press., a southern regional press based in Oxford.
Each of the six autobiographical essays in Curve represent chapters of a sporting life: The opening piece, “The Fumble,” is an epic account of a high school football player’s worst nightmare. There’s a college road trip to Notre Dame with “Bevo,” the University of Texas Longhorn steer; a hilarious account of hitting an inside-the-park home run off Dustin Hoffman in a celerity softball game and breaking his foot in the process. Morris is a former Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, living in Oxford, MS from 1980-1990. He died in Jackson on August 2, 1999.
Dave Rae Morris’s photographs have been published in National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, USA Today, and The New York Times, among others. His most recent film projects include documentaries on late musician Duff Dorrough and civil rights pioneer James Meredith and Yazoo Revisited, an award-winning examination of school integration in his father’s hometown of Yazoo City, Mississippi. Morris lives in New Orleans.
Lilly Winwood’s latest album is Time Well Spent, an 11-song disc featuring tunes all written by Winwood. The Nashville-based songwriter mixes bluesy guitar with country, and even classical influences, to bring her evocative lyrics to life.
Winwood was born in Nashville and grew up in Gloucestershire, England. She became interested in music at age nine when her musician father, Grammy-winner Steve Winwood, taught her to play guitar. She is now recognized as a formidable songwriter and performer.
Her previous release was Silver Stage, her debut EP which offered an English take on traditional American roots music.
Slim Wednesday is a funk/soul/jam band made up of members of the R&B group, the Dynamites, including guitarist Bill Elder, and keyboardist JoJo Hermann (pictured) of Widespread Panic.
From Gemco Records: “Equal parts southern 70s-style soul, Toussaint/Dorsey-style funk, psychedelic troubadour folk/rock, New Orleans piano, and full-on festival circuit jam/rock. This is the southern stew-sound you get when you put Widespread Panic’s piano/organ player, Jojo Hermann, and The Dynamites’ guitarist/bandleader, Bill Elder (a.k.a. Leo Black), in a band together.”
Their album is Reptile Love (Gemco).