‘Be Holding’ – Hoop dreams (and nightmares) plus the New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers!

Season Finale! Rocking into the holidays with Dr. J!

November 28, 2020 at 7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting; 9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio; 3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Thursdays 6 pm (CT) University of Mississippi; Fridays 9 am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio

Saturday, Nov 28The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour welcomes poet Ross Gay and blues “super group” the New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers for our season finale!

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Saturday. November 28 – 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

3pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Thursdays 6pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Fridays 9am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio



Ross Gay

Ross Gay’s new book-length poem is, Be Holding (University of Pittsburgh Press). This inventive work is a love song to legendary basketball player Julius Erving—known as Dr. J—who dominated courts in the 1970s and ‘80s as a small forward for the Philadelphia ‘76ers.

Gay connects Dr. J’s famously impossible move from the 1980 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers to pick-up basketball and the flying Igbo and the Middle Passage, to photography, surveillance, state violence, music, personal histories of flight and familial love.

“This extraordinary book offers an unforgettable flight from the conventional boundaries of the sentence.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Gay is the author of the poetry collections Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens (with Aimee Nezhukumatathil), River (with Rose Wehrenberg), Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, and the essay collection The Book of Delights.

He teaches poetry at Indiana University.


New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers

The New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers came together in January 2008 when musician brothers Luther & Cody Dickinson sat down for a guitar jam with ex-Squirrel Nut Zippers leader Jimbo Mathus along with blues harpist Charlie Musselwhite, guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart (pictured) and the Dickinson’s dad, the well-traveled blues shaman, Jim Dickinson.

The result was some 20 tunes recorded under the name New Moon Freedom Rockers to which Jim added “Jelly Roll.” The New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers were born but the tapes sat on the shelf — until now!

These songs were done in one take off the floor over a couple of late nights, with each musician taking turns singing and improvising on the spot.

The first 10 tracks are now available on the prestigious Canadian roots music label, Stony Plain Records, with the next 11 songs coming in spring 2021 on Volume 2.

Read the No Depression review and hear the opening track.