The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is headed to the Delta and you’re invited. Join us on Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm in Sumner, Mississippi for a very special Thacker Mountain Radio show to be held at the newly restored Tallahatchie County Courthouse in Sumner.
Our guests will be Mississippi R&B legend Dorothy Moore, Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Alysia Burton Steele and the Tutwiler Community Center Student Blues Band, along with our special guest, Alphonso Sanders.
Join us to help celebrate the re-opening of the Tallahatchie County courthouse and the Emmett Till Interpretative Center in Sumner, Miss. Free and open to the public.
Steele is the proud author of “DELTA JEWELS,” a book highlighting the lives of over 50 Mississippi Delta female, church elders who shared poignant highlights of their lives during the Jim Crow era. The stories are empowering and enlighting and break barriers across age, race and gender.
Dorothy Moore hails from Jackson, Mississippi. Her professional accolades began in 1976, when her recording of “Misty Blue” went to No.1 on the R&B charts (No. 3 Pop). Her later hits included “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “I Believe You.” In 1986, she released a well-received gospel album, “Giving it Straight to You” (Word Records). This was followed by a tour of Japan in 1989 with, among others, Delta saxophonist Charlie “Love” Jacobs.
Dorothy Moore has earned many awards, including five Grammy nominations, an Image Award, NATRA Female R & B Vocalist of the Year, a Billboard Magazine Award, and a Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (1996). She was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2001. Her most recent CDs include, “Gittin Down Live” (Farish Street Records 2003) and “I’m Doing Alright” (Farish Street Records 2005). Dorothy’s newest CD is Blues Heart (2013). They are all from her label: Farish Street Records of Mississippi.
The Tutwiler Community Center Student Blues Band is made up of students who attend the “Sonny Boy Club” at Tutwiler Education Community Center. The Sonny Boy Club, named for the late blues legend, Sonny Boy Williamson of Tutwiler, is made up of some 40 students who meet twice a week at the center to take instruction from volunteers in the basics of the blues. Music is one of many programs offered at the Center through the generous support of donors. Other programs include poetry, photography and a computer lab. The student blues band made their debut last year. To donate to the community center visit www.tutwilercenter.org.