Everybody loves ‘The Rib King!’

Red hot 'Rib King' plus rockin' blues and fiddling boots!

March 6, 2021 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, March 6, The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is delighted to welcome novelist Ladee Hubbard and her imaginative and thought-provoking new novel, The Rib King. Plus our musical guests, Sir Rod and the Blues Doctors and roots music duo, Honeyboy and Boots.

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Saturday, March  6 – 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



Ladee Hubbard

Ladee Hubbard is the author of the novel, The Rib King (Amistad). The book offers a well-written deconstruction of African American stereotypes such as Aunt Jemina, Uncle Ben and the Cream of Wheat imagery. In 1924, August Sitwell, the Rib King of the title, is cut out of profits from the mass manufacture of his special meat sauce that bears his face on the label.

Hubbard offers a fresh and searing critique on race, class, privilege, ambition, exploitation, and the seeds of rage in America. The novel is intricately woven with believable characters and masterful historical detail.

Hubbard’s previous novel was The Talented Ribkins, which received the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

Ladee Hubbard was born in Massachusetts, raised in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands and currently lives in New Orleans with her husband and three children.


Sir Rod & the Blues Doctors

Sir Rod & the Blues Doctors feature songwriter “Sir” Rod Patterson on vocals, Adam Gussow on amplified harmonica and drums, and Alan Gross on electric guitar. The band offers a powerful mix of down-home blues, old-school soul, and uptown funk on their latest album, Come Together.

Netflix viewers will recognize Patterson as the nephew of Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee.  Magee and harpist Gussow performed and recorded for more than thirty years. The duo’s unlikely partnership became the basis for the documentary, Satan & Adam, currently screening on Netflix.

Sir Rod and the Blues Doctors are the next chapter of that story.

Honeyboy and Boots

Honeyboy and Boots are the husband-wife, guitar-cello duo of Courtney and Drew Blackwell. Their unique sound embodies Americana, traditional folk, alt country, blues and hints of classical. Their albums include Picture on the Wall, Macon, and Waiting on A Song.