Join us Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655) for a live performance and recording of the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. FREE admission. Guests will include author Daniel Connolly with music by the UM Jazz Combo and Memphis rockers Billie Dove. Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, The Yalobushwhackers.
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
Daniel Connolly is a Memphis journalist who has spent over 10 years reporting on Mexican immigration to the American South. His book on the subject, The Book of Isaias – A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America (St. Martin’s Press) is the result of three years’ research spent following a group of Hispanic high schoolers as they grapple with school, family, relationships and seeking their purpose in life. Publisher’s Weekly called the book, “Delicate, comprehensive and empathetic.”
Connolly lives in Memphis, Tenn.
The University of Mississippi Jazz Ensemble is an 18-piece band made up of traditional jazz instruments including saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitar, bass, piano, and percussion, under the direction of Michael Worthy, associate professor of music at Ole Miss. Six members of the Ensemble will perform as a combo on Thacker featuring swing, Latin, rock and funk. The combo will also perform Friday night at the Shelter on Van Buren at 7:30 pm.
Billie Dove is a roots rock band from Memphis featuring longtime Memphis guitarist Jim Duckworth along with Stephanie Arcega, Javi Hunger and Kimberly Koehler. Interestingly, Arcega and Hunger are featured in Daniel Connolly’s book, “The Book of Isaias.” You can find their music on Soundcloud at Kim Koehler-2 and on YouTube under Kimberly Koehler. Their sound embraces rock, punk, blues, and even bluegrass.