Bomb Island – Goin’ Out with a Big Band!

Raisin' a ruckus from coastal Georgia to the down-home church to the back porch!

Author: Stephen Hundley (“Bomb Island”) – “Mashes up Mark Twain and Shakespeare with a colorful adventure story. Once [it] sinks its claws into the reader, there’s no shaking it.” Publishers Weekly

Music: Gospel rockers The Wilkins Sisters and Nashville duo (via the Republic of Georgia, Russia) Irakli Gabriel & Anana Kaye (Whispers and Sighs).

Hosts: Jim Dees with Paul Tate and the Yalobushwhacker Big Band with the Thacker Horns and featuring guest vocalist Mary Frances Massey!

Air times:

Thursday, April 25 – 6 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, April 26 – 6 am (CT) WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN

Saturday, April 27– 3 pm (E T) WUTC 88.1 FM Chattanooga, TN

7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Sunday, April 28

3 pm (ET) WUOT | 91.9 FM, Knoxville

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

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Stephen Hundley

Part coming-of-age summer romance, part thriller, Bomb Island (Hub City Press) by Stephen Hundley, is a colorful adventure story exploring sub-culture communities, survival, and found family – all set on an island near an unexploded atomic bomb.

Zany, yet big-hearted, readers are taken on a intense journey through the weirds and wilds of Coastal Georgia as Hundley examines the lessons of living freely and without shame.

Stephen Hundley is the author of the story collection, The Aliens Will Come to Georgia First (University of North Georgia Press, 2023).


The Wilkins Sisters

The Wilkins Sisters, Tangela Longstreet and Joyce Jones, (along with Tawana Cunningham) sang and toured with their late father, Rev. John Wilkins, for years prior to his death on Oct. 6, 2020 at the age of 76.

They sang on Reverend John’s album You Can’t Hurry God (2010) and for his second release, Trouble, recorded at famed Royal Studios and released by Memphis label Goner Records, Rev Wilkins wanted his daughters featured more prominently. Grammy-nominated producer Amos Harvey did just that.

Trouble highlights the daughters’ strong, soulful vocal leads as well their warm, distinctive harmonies.

Before his passing, the Good Reverend was quoted by Goner Records: “We all have troubles. But we will find a way…  I just needed to find a stanky beat!”

Since then, sisters Tangela and Joyce (along with granddaughter Toya and niece Beverly) have carried on the family business, singing, touring and recording and yes – finding that stanky beat!

Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel

Originally from The Republic of Georgia, Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel have called Nashville home for the past three years.

Their latest release is Whispers and Sighs. The album was made in collaboration with the late songwriter (and Thacker favorite) David Olney who passed away in 2020 at age 71.

Previous releases include Sentient (2016) and Detour (2019).