Fall Season Premiere 2021!

Kicking off our new season - Live - in person - at the Oxford Old Armory Pavilion!

Live from the Armory Pavilion on Van Buren Ext. (Health protocols in place). September 9, 2021 at 6 pm

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour begins our fall 2021 season with our first live show! Join us on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6 pm at Oxford’s Old Armory Pavilion on the corner of Bramlett Blvd. and University Ave. (Farmer’s Market location).

FREE Admission.

Health protocols will be in place including spaced seating and masks when needed. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. Bring family and friends and join us! We’re asking our audience to please space their seating and keep the health of everyone in mind.

Author: Heather Cass WhiteBooks Promiscuously Read: Reading as a Way of Life

Music: Bluesman Mark “Muleman” Massey with former Amazing Rhythm Aces keyboardist Billy Earheart plus world boogie with Afrissippi!

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhacker Big Band with Mary Frances Massey!

Air times:

Thursday, Sept. 9 – 6 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Saturday, Sept 18 – 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Thursdays 6 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Fridays 9 am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio



Heather Cass White

Heather Cass White is the author of Books Promiscuously Read (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a book about the pleasures of reading and its power in shaping our internal lives.

Through three sections—Play, Transgression, and Insight—which focus on three ways of thinking about reading, Books Promiscuously Read moves among and considers many poems, novels, stories, and works of nonfiction.

“This is a book that tells you that your guilty pleasure is actually not guilty.” —Tess Taylor, NPR


Mark "Muleman" Massey

Mark “Muleman” Massey is originally from Clarksdale, MS. Massey credits a stint in Mississippi’s Parchman penitentiary for turning his life to music. His albums inlcude Mississippi Lockdown and One Step Ahead of the Blues.

For his Thacker appearance, Massey will be accompanied by former Amazing Rhythm Aces keyboardist, Billy Earheart.


Afrissippi’s debut album, Fulani Journey, tells the story of Guelel Kumba, a singer-songwriter from the delta of Senegal, West Africa. Kumba moved to Oxford, Mississippi in 2002 after years spent studying sociology in Paris, France. He was awakened to the vibrant Western African music scene in Paris, studied and transcribed traditional Fulani music, and began to interact with popular Senegalese musicians like Salif Keita and Baaba Maal.

In Oxford, he jammed with Eric Deaton, a young apprentice to the late Junior Kimbrough. The two discovered the similarities between the hill country blues of North Mississippi and Kumba’s nomadic melodies from the Senegalese savannas, and Afrissippi was born. The group’s second album is Alliance.

Deaton can be heard – along with Kenny Brown – on Delta Kream, the latest release from the Black Keys.

Afrissippi’s drummer, Kinney Kimbrough, son of the late north Mississippi blues legend, Junior Kimbrough, brings Afrissippi’s other-worldly grooves full circle.