The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, a music and literature program heard on public radio stations throughout the Southeast, returns to the Neshoba County Fair on Saturday, July 23 at 8 pm. Guests for the show at the Pavilion on Founder’s Square will be up-and-coming country trio Chapel Hart, veteran songwriter Charlie Mars and humor author Harrison Scott Key. The show is hosted by Jim Dees and house band, the Yalobushwhackers.
The program will not be broadcast live but recorded for air later this summer.
Following the one-hour radio recording, Chapel Hart will perform a 45-minute after party set.
The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour began performing at the Neshoba County Fair in 2008. The show skipped 2020-2021 due to Covid and looks forward to another Saturday night at the Fair!
Chapel Hart are sisters Danica and Devynn Hart and their cousin, Trea Swindle, all from Poplarville, MS. Taking their name from a church in their hometown, the trio has released two albums including Out the Mud and their latest, The Girls Are Back in Town.
Chapel Hart are perhaps best known for their single, Jesus and Alcohol, and the accompanying video featuring ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons (as a pastor) that aired widely on CMT. Other singles include You Can Have Him, Jolene, an “answer song” to Dolly Parton’s Jolene.
The harmonizing trio, currently based in New Orleans, have drawn comparisons to SHeDAISY and The Chicks, and were recently selected by Country Music Television as one of their, “Next Women of Country Music.”
The group’s latest single and video is Made for Me. The song takes listeners to their hometown of Poplarville, Mississippi, where much of the video was filmed.
Written by all three band members, Made For Me, is about finding the courage to chase your dreams.
“This video really highlights the pride we have for our small town while bringing that southern Mississippi charm around the world as we chase our dreams,” the band said. “It tells the story of our journey from Poplarville to New Orleans and beyond, along with some of the friends we’ve made along the way.”
Chapel Hart is currently touring internationally, “gift wrapping their Mississippi roots and Louisiana spunk to share with listeners around the world.”
Harrison Scott Key won the James Thurber Prize for Humor for his memoir, The World’s Largest Man (Harper), a true story, as he explains, about “what it’s like to be related to insane people from Mississippi.” Key was born in Memphis and grew up in Mississippi.
His follow-book is, Congratulations, Who Are You Again? (Harper Perennial), a “true story about how modest professional ambition can nearly destroy you and those you love most.”
Key teaches writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children.
“Like Flannery O’Connor meets Chuck Klosterman meets Seinfeld, Harrison Scott Key is one of Southern Gothic’s great new hopes.” — Southern Living
Charlie Mars is a journeyman-songwriting troubadour, who, over two decades of touring and recording, has amassed a loyal, national fanbase. His country and folk-inflected pop is topped by his warm vocal croon and his knack for crafting poignant, earthy songs.
His albums include, Beach Town, The Money, Like a Bird, Like a Plane and Blackberry Light. Recent singles include Things You Don’t Want To Know.