At the Graduate Hotel, an evening of improvisational violin and original tunes from the heartland!

TBA February 23, 2023 at 6 pm

Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 pm – Join us at The Graduate Hotel in Oxford, MS (400 N. Lamar Blvd., 38655). Stay tuned for details!

Admission: FREE (Roof top show, weather permitting, or lobby of Graduate).

Author: TBA

Music: Improvisational violinist LaDonna Smith (Channeling the Gateway) and songwriter Daniel Splaingard (Small Trucks)

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Thursday, Feb. 23 – 6:00 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, March 3 – 6 am WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.

Saturday, March 4 –3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Sunday, March 5 – 3 pm (ET) WUOT | 91.9 FM, Knoxville

Listen: Thacker Mountain Radio Hour on Spotify






LaDonna Smith

LaDonna Smith has performed improvised music internationally since the 1970s as a violinist and vocalist, while also teaching music in Birmingham, Alabama. With long-time collaborator, guitarist Davey Williams, Smith has toured North America, Europe and Russia, appearing at every major improvisation festival, and many new music festivals.

In addition to her work as a musician, Smith is co-editor of The Improviser, an international journal of free improvisation. She also works as a visual artist, exhibiting her drawings and ceramics across the country.

Her albums include, Rising Tulips and Channeling the Gateway and, in collaboration with Henry Kaiser and Davey Williams, The Bird Returns to the Forest.

Small Trucks

Small Trucks is a folk-rock project from Greenwood, Mississippi led by songwriter/guitarist Daniel Splaingard. Their latest release is the LP, Moon Burn. The album was recorded in Water Valley, MS at Dial Back Sound and produced by former Thacker sound engineer, Bronson Tew. The 12-song release features Drive-By Trucker’s bassist Matt Patton and Seratones frontwoman, A.J. Haynes.