Holy Hot Mess at the Oxford Old Armory Pavilion!

Join us at the Pavilion - Lawn chairs and picnics welcome!

September 16, 2021 at 6: 30 pm (Note later start time!)

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour continues our fall 2021 season this Thursday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 pm (< note later start) at Oxford’s Old Armory Pavilion on the corner of Bramlett Blvd. and University Ave. (Farmer’s Market location).

FREE Admission.

Health protocols will be observed including spaced seating and masks when needed. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. Bring family and friends and join us! We’re asking our audience to please space their seating and keep the health of everyone in mind.

Signature cocktail by Party Waiting’ To Happen and Cathead Vodka for sale to early arrivals!

Author: Mary Katherine Backstrom – Holy Hot Mess, Finding God in the Details of this Weird and Wonderful Life

Music: Sharde Thomas and the Risng Star Fife and Drum Band and singer-songwriter Michael Jay Hughes

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Thursday, Sept. 16 – 6:30 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Saturday, Sept 25 – 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



Mary Katherine Backstrom

In Holy Hot Mess, Finding God in the Details of this Weird and Wonderful Life (Worthy Books) Mary Katherine Backstrom uses heartbreaking and hilarious stories of how God uses each “mess” in our lives. She shows us that it’s okay to celebrate exactly where we are right now—holy, hot mess and all. This is a book filled with hilarious and vulnerable stories about faith, friendships, motherhood, marriage, and depression.

“…so immediately engaging, so filled with humor, and so seemingly effortless, [this book’s] depth and insight sneak up on you.” – John Pavlovitz


Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band

Sharde Thomas is the granddaughter of the late Othar Turner, a leading practitioner of the North Mississippi fife and drum tradition. Her solo CDs include, What Do I Do?

The New York Times has called Thomas and her band, the Rising Stars Fife and Drum Band, “the last living link to fife and drum music.”

Sharde appears with frequent collaborator Luther Dickinson and the Sisters of the Strawberry Moon on their album, Solstice.

Michael Jay Hughes

Singer-songwriter Michael Jay Hughes, from Goshen AL, bills his sound as “real country music.” His latest singles are, Playing With Fire and Dirt Road Whiskey.