The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, the Oxford, MS-based music and literature program, returns to Clinton, MS! Join us Saturday, June 15 at 6 pm at the Clinton High School auditorium. Tickets are $15 and are available from Clinton Arts Council members, at the door, or online at the Art Council’s website, www.artscouncilofclinton.org.
Guests: Rhythm and blues vocalist Dorothy Moore (“Misty Blue”) author Richard Grant (“Dispatches from Pluto”) and New Orleans fiddler Amanda Shaw. Hosts: Jim Dees and Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers.
The Clinton High School auditorium is located at 401 Arrow Drive.
NOTE: No live broadcast. This show will air on Saturday June 22 at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) and 9 pm on Alabama Public Radio (APR). The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour can be heard in the Clinton/Jackson area every Saturday at 7 pm on WMPN 91.3 FM.
Jackson, MS native Dorothy Moore’s singing career took off in 1976 when her recording of “Misty Blue” (reportedly done in one take) went to No.1 on the R&B charts and No. 3 on the pop charts. Her later hits included her rendition of the Willie Nelson classic, “Funny How Time Slips Away” and the Top Five hit, “I Believe You.” In 1986, she released a well-received gospel album, “Giving it Straight to You” (Word Records). This was followed by a tour of Japan in 1989 with, among others, Delta saxophonist Charlie “Love” Jacobs.
Dorothy Moore has earned many awards over her career, including four Grammy nominations, NATRA Female R & B Vocalist of the Year, a Billboard Magazine Award, and a Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (1996). She was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2001 and shared a Blues Trail marker in 2008 with Jackson’s Alamo Theatre where she won numerous amateur singing competitions as a child. Her most recent CDs, all released on her Farish Street Records label include, Blues Heart, Gittin Down Live and I’m Doing Alright.
Moore recently told the Jackson Clarion Ledger that she is “Mississippi through and through. Nothing but peas and cornbread. I’m proud to be from Mississippi, and I hope the folks are proud of me.”
Richard Grant is the author of Dispatches From Pluto – Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta (Simon and Shuster) a chronicle of his zany and at times, heart-wrenching, year living in the Mississippi Delta. The book became a bestseller and won The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Mississippi author Curtis Wilkie wrote: “In the best tradition of Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad, British travel writer Richard Grant explores the otherworldly Mississippi Delta by settling into an aging plantation home and letting himself be captured by an eccentric, racially-tortured and wondrously hospitable culture. Dispatches from Pluto is wise, wry, sympathetic and spot-on.”
Grant’s previous books include, Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa (2011) God’s Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre (2008), and American Nomads (Grove Press (2003). He is a regular contributor to Smithsonian magazine and the London Telegraph.
Grant was born in Malaysia, lived in Kuwait as a boy, then London, Tucson, AZ, and New York City before moving to the Delta. He currently lives in Jackson, MS.
Amanda Shaw is a fiddler, singer-songwriter, bandleader and actress from Mandeville, LA now based out of New Orleans. Shaw and her band, the Cute Guys, are known for their fiery, energetic performances that are Cajun-based but also explore rock and roll, country, blues and funk-flavored R&B. The band members have played with Shaw since she was a ten-year-old classically-trained prodigy. Shaw’s CDs include I’m Not a Bubble Gum Pop Princess (2004), Pretty Runs Out (2008), Good Southern Girl (2010) and the upcoming (tentatively titled) Please, Call Me Miss Shaw.