Join us for The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 pm at The Lyric Oxford (1006 Van Buren, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.
Guests: Author William Kent Krueger (This Tender Land), rock fiddler Alice Hasen & the Blaze (Violintro) and bluesman Earl “Little Joe” Ayers
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
William Kent Krueger’s latest novel is This Tender Land (Atria Books), a powerful story about an orphan’s life-changing adventure traveling down America’s great rivers during the Great Depression.
In 1932, four young children are forced to flee their abusive orphanage. A tragic death occurs that is the catalyst for a series of events that will send the children down the river in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi, leaving a dead body in their wake. Soon they are wanted by the law and there is also a certain Mrs. Brickman who will stop at nothing to track them down for dark reasons of her own.
“A gripping, poignant tale swathed in both mythical and mystical overtones.” – Bob Drury
Krueger is the author of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary Grace, winner of the Edgar Award for best novel, as well as eighteen Cork O’Connor novels, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family.
Violinist/singer-songwriter Alice Hasen released her solo debut album, Violintro, on September 6. Drawing on themes of self-actualization, love and environmental awareness, this project features the Memphis-based artist’s dynamic classical orchestration bookended by sparsely elegant funk and jazz arrangements, plus assorted sonic textures and sly hip-hop and R&B beats.
Born in Vermont but residing in Memphis, TN, Alice is the leader of Alice Hasen and the Blaze, a fiddle-powered groove band that primarily plays Alice’s original compositions. She is also a member of the Blackwater Trio.
Earl “Little Joe” Ayers is a blues guitarist and singer based in Holly Springs, Mississippi. For over thirty years, he was a member of the Soul Blues Boys, Junior Kimbrough’s long-time backing band.
In 1991, Ayers played bass behind Kimbrough in Robert Palmer’s acclaimed documentary Deep Blues; their performance of “All Night Long” was filmed before the release of Kimbrough’s debut album of the same name on Fat Possum Records.