Roots and grooves, a blazin’ violin and tales from the future!

Novel, "Here Lies," takes a look at our global future plus rockin' tunes from the Delta and downhome blues!

April 14, 2022 at 6 pm

Thursday, April 14 – Join us at the Old Armory Pavilion (corner of Bramlett Blvd. and University Avenue) every Thursday at 6 pm throughout April – May 19th!

FREE Admission – Lawn chairs and picnics encouraged!

Author: Olivia Clare Friedman (Here Lies)

Music: Alice Hasen plus blues duo, The Blues Doctors

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Thursday, April 14 – 6:00 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, April 22 – 9 am WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.

Saturday, April 23 –3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Featuring

Author

Olivia Clare Friedman

Olivia Clare Friedman’s debut novel is Here Lies (Grove Press). The book is set in Louisiana 2042 when climate change has wreaked havoc on society including outlawing burials and graveyards and making cremation mandatory. The book explores motherhood, friendship, and humanity in an alternate American South torn asunder.

Friedman is the author of the story collection Disasters in the First World and a poetry collection The 26-Hour Day. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, The O. Henry Prize Stories, Granta, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, among other publications.

Raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she teaches Creative Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Music

Alice Hasen

Violinist/singer-songwriter Alice Hasen latest release is the album, Violintro.  Drawing on themes of self-actualization, love and environmental awareness, this project features the Memphis-based artist’s dynamic classical orchestration bookended by sparsely elegant funk and jazz arrangements, plus assorted sonic textures and sly hip-hop and R&B beats.

For her Thacker appearance, Hasen will be accompanied by guitarist Walt Busby.

Born in Vermont but residing in Memphis, TN, Alice is the leader of Alice Hasen and the Blaze, a fiddle-powered groove band that primarily plays Alice’s original compositions. She is also a member of the Blackwater Trio.

The Blues Doctors

Adam Gussow and Alan Gross, a.k.a. the Blues Doctors, are Mississippi-based blues veterans who play a mix of down-home Delta standards and urban grooves from the Texas-to-Chicago axis with some New Orleans funk thrown in.

They’re a two-man band with a full-on sound: Gussow on harmonica and drumset, Gross on guitar, with both men sharing vocal duties.