Happy New Year! Swinging and ringing!

"A Cosmology of Monsters', swingin' jazz guitar and cool acoustic tunes!

January 2, 2021 at 7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting; 9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio; 3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Thursdays 6 pm (CT) University of Mississippi; Fridays 9 am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio

Join us as we ring in the new year with a swinging The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour recorded Sept. 19, 2019 at Off Square Books in Oxford, MS.

Guests: Horror writer Shaun Hamill, Memphis jazz-soul guitarist Joe Restivo and folk-rockers Oh Jeremiah
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Saturday, Jan. 2– 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

3pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Thursdays 6pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Fridays 9am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio



Joe Restivo

Memphis guitarist Joe Restivo has just released his first solo album, Where’s Joe? (Blue Barrel). The album reflects Restivo’s eclecticism from be-bop, jump blues and cool jazz elements to his love of jazz guitar greats Bill Jennings and Tiny Grimes.

Thacker audiences will remember Restivo from his previous visits as guitarist with the soul-jazz band, the City Champs and R&B stalwarts, the Bo-Keys. In recent years, Restivo has toured Europe backing soul greats Don Bryant and William Bell.


Shaun Hamill

Shaun Hamill is author of A Cosmology of Monsters (Pantheon), his first novel. The book tells the disturbing story of a family who create a haunted house attraction called the Wandering Dark only to find themselves haunted by monsters. Monsters both figurative and very literal stalk the Turner family.

The family tries to shield their youngest, baby Noah, from the house’s faux horrors, but unbeknownst to them, he’s being visited by a furry beast with glowing orange eyes–the same one glimpsed by both his mother and sister.

However, unlike them, Noah decides to let the creature in.


Oh Jeremiah

Oh Jeremiah is the singer/songwriter duo of Jeremiah Stricklin and his wife Erin. Started in south Mississippi the two currently reside in Athens, GA. Their debut album is, The Other End of Passing Time. Their most recent single is My Baby, Jimmy & Me. The duo recently held a successful Kickstarter campaign for their second album, Joymonger.