Saturday, October 31 – The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour celebrates Halloween with legendary rock and roll trailblazer Suzi Quatro! Plus, blues slide guitarist Ghalia Volt and pop rockers, Porlolo.
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
This week’s show celebrates Sarahfest with our friends at the Sarah Isom Center for Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi. Sarahfest is a month-long series of concerts, lectures, art exhibits and more. We’re delighted to be a part of it!
Saturday. October 31 – 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
Suzi Quatro grew up in Detroit, MI and has been a professional musician since she was 15 and played bass in an all-girl band with her sisters. She left America to pursue a solo career in London at the age of 21 and has been based there ever since. Her latest album, No Control, was released in March 2019.
Suzi Q, a new documentary about her remarkable life and music is now streaming.
Her first major hit, “Can The Can,” went to number one in England in May 1973, and went on to sell two and a half million copies worldwide. Between 1973 and 1980, Suzi Quatro was on the British charts for no less than 101 weeks. To date, she has sold over 55 million records.
Her other hits include, “48 Crash,” “Too Big,” “Devil Gate Drive,” “The Wild One” “Your Mama Won’t Like Me,” and a million seller in the US, “Stumblin In,” a duet with Chris Norman.
Fans may remember Suzi’s stint on the ABC-TV sitcom, Happy Days, (1977-79) playing Leather Tuscadero.
Today, at age 70, Quatro is a much-in-demand touring act in Europe with live dates booked throughout 2021 and 2022.
Her memoir, Suzi Quatro Unzipped (Hachette UK) was published in 2007. She performed a one-woman show of the book at London’s Hippodrome, and again at the BBC. In 2017, she published The Hurricane, a rock and roll novel. This past July, she published books of her song lyrics, Through My Words and poetry, Through My Eyes.
For a new documentary, Suzi Q (now streaming), Australian filmmakers Liam Firmager and Tait Brady worked four years on the film in hopes it will restore Quatro’s status as a trailblazing woman in rock. Testimonials come from Joan Jett, Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, Alice Cooper, Deborah Harry, Henry Winkler, among others.
“For those who have never been exposed to her or her music before, Suzi Q should prove to be an eye-and-ear-opening look.” – eFilmCritic.com.
Ghalia Volt is a slide guitarist/vocalist from Brussels, Belgium now based in New Orleans. Her latest CD is Mississippi Blend (Ruf Records). The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard blues charts. The disc was recorded in Coldwater, MS at the Zebra Ranch and features Cody Dickinson, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Cedric Burnside and Watermelon Slim, of nearby Clarksdale, on harmonica. Her previous CD was Let the Demons Out which rose to #23 on the Living Blues chart. Volt has a European tour tentatively scheduled for Winter 2021.
Indie folk band, Porlolo, was formed in Denver, CO in 2002 by guitarist-songwriter Erin Roberts (“a self-defined sister, swimmer and stunt artist”) and guitarist Tom Mohr. The group was voted one of the Top Ten Live Acts in Denver. The current lineup includes Ben DeSoto on drums and Anna Morsett on bass. Their releases include the EP, Everything, Barely (2014), the EP, Awards (Voted one of the “Best Albums of 2018” by Westword, Denver’s weekly arts publication) and the single, I QUIT (2019).
Porlolo is currently finishing a 5-song EP with producer James Barone (Beach House, Nathaniel Rateliff).