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Delta State University show to celebrate the Duff Dorrough Scholarship Fund!

Delta Music Institute 1003 W Sunflower Rd, Cleveland, MS 38733 March 4, 2023 at 3 pm

Saturday, March 4  at 3 pm – Thacker in the Delta!

Venue: Studio A of the Whitfield Building on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.

Admission: FREE! Public invited!

(No live broadcast. Show will air this spring).

Author: Paul AbrahamThe Gospel According to Abraham (Memoir of raucous touring days with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, 38 Special and more).

Music: Guitarist Travis Calvin – Gospel guitar virtuoso, instructor to blues phenom, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and countless others

Music: Classic rock student band, DeltaRoX

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

This event marks the 14th year for our “Thacker in the Delta” show, which serves to raise awareness of Delta Music Institute programming and their Duff Dorrough Scholarship Fund. Dorrough, who passed away in 2012, was an art major at Delta State and former bandleader for the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour.

Always a cool show-come see us!



Paul Abraham

Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, the home of the blues, music was in Paul Abraham’s blood.

After meeting Ronnie Van Zant of the infamous southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd (post-1977 plane crash), Abraham began a career as a roadie and tour manager.

His memoir, The Gospel According to Abraham (the wordverve), chronicles his travels with Skynyrd as well as Bad Company, the Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and his years with Miley’s dad, Mr. Achy Breaky himself, Billy Ray Cyrus.


Travis Calvin

Travis Calvin began his musical career teaching guitar in the after school program at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS. He has since launched a series of successful instructional gospel guitar videos.

Over the years Calvin has performed with Castro “Mr. Sipp” Coleman, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, the Nighthawks and many others.

Calvin currently serves as a faculty member and Coordinator of Recording Technology at Delta Music Institute on the campus of Delta State University.

For his Thacker appearance, he will be accompanied by our own Yalobushwhackers.


DeltaRoX is a classic rock band from the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University.

DeltaRoX’s set list includes hits from the 70s and 80s in the classic rock genre of American music.

Barry Bays, instructor and director of DMI ensembles noted that, “this DMI ensemble is working hard to present a wide range of songs that have grown out of various styles of roots music to become American classics.”

Photo: (DeltaRoX circa 2009)