Live from Jackson! Mississippi Book Festival Show at Duling Hall featuring food historian Jessica Harris with music by Devon Gilfillian and The Artisanals

Duling Hall August 19, 2017 at 7:30pm

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour returns to the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson, MS. Join us at Duling Hall on Saturday, August 19th at 7:30 pm. (Doors: 7 pm) Tickets are $15 and are available online, by phone: 877-987-6487, or at the door.

Guests on the show will include James Beard award-winning food journalist Jessica B. Harris, soul/blues singer, Devon Gilfillian and Charleston, South Carolina country-rock band, The Artisanals. The show is hosted by Jim Dees and Thacker house band the Yalobushwhackers.

Duling Hall is located on 622 Duling Ave, Jackson, MS 39216.

NOTE: Devon Gilfillian and The Artisanals will each play additional 45 minute sets following the radio recording.

There will be no live broadcast of this show. It will be heard on Mississippi Public Broadcasting on Saturday, August 26th at 7 pm.

This special edition of the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour at the Mississippi Book Festival is sponsored by Trustmark Bank.



Devon Gilfillian

Devon Gilfillian’s self-titled EP has the R&B swagger of Al Green and Ray Charles, peppered with Gilfilliam’s down-and-dirty slide guitar. He grew up in Philadelphia and is now based in Nashville. Equal parts swampy, funky, and even gospel-y, the record finds Gilfillian celebrating the classic sounds of his influences while making his soulful music his own. Voted “Favorite New Discovery” of 2016 by Nashville Scene magazine.

The Artisanals

The Artisanals are a rock band from Charleston, S.C. fronted by songwriter, Johnny Delaware. The band brings twangy bounce and clear harmonies to their quieter tunes while their rocking numbers scream with guitar snarls. Indeed, they list Townes Van Zandt and The Clash among their influences. Currently on an extensive summer tour, the group has three singles available online:


Jessica B. Harris

In My Soul Looks Back, (Simon and Shuster) the captivating new memoir by Jessica B. Harris, the author recalls the early 1970s in the vibrant New York City of her youth, where her social circle included Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and Nina Simone.

Befitting a James Beard award-winning food historian, Harris includes vivid descriptions of the restaurants, groceries, and meals she and her famous friends enjoyed; from the sangria and barbecued pork of El Faro in Greenwich Village to Mikell’s uptown, the place for jazz, stiff drinks, and conversation. Harris includes recipes and even a playlist for each chapter that captures the sounds of the times.

Harris is the author of 12 previous books. Her accolades include special achievement awards from the James Beard Foundation and the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Check out the show!