Poet Derrick Harriell, “Ozarks Jazz” with Bella Donna, and world music group, La Fusion

On air this week: Poems from the heartland, rural rhythms and Latin beats!

May 15, 2021 at 7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting; 9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio; 3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Thursdays 6 pm (CT) University of Mississippi; Fridays 9 am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio

Saturday, May 15 – Tune in (online or on the air) to The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour as we welcome guests, poet Derrick Harriell, Ozarks jazz group, Bella Donna, and world beat band, La Fusion. (This show originally aired on Feb. 23, 2017).

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times – On line and on air:

Saturday, May 15 – 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

3pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Thursdays 6pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Fridays 9am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio



Derrick Harriell

Derrick Harriell is the author of the poetry collection, Stripper in Wonderland (LSU Press). The poems move from birth to death, funk to hip-hop, and racism to religion as Harriell explores the life of a modern black man transplanted from the Midwest to the Deep South. Originally from Milwaukee, Harriell is a former director of the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Mississippi, where he is also assistant professor of English and African American studies. His previous collections of poetry include Cotton (2010), and Ropes, which won the 2014 Poetry Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.


La Fusión

La Fusion performs popular songs from various Latin American countries. The group is made up of musicians from the Oxford/University community including Andres Diaz (vocal, guitar, percussion), Monique Ma (vocal, violin, percussion), Hunter McGuary (trombone, electric guitar), Daniel Roebuck (trumpet, percussion), Lazarrus Miller (piano), Amy Fisher (upright bass), Ricky Burkhead (percussion). Their music explores early Latin rhythmic patterns such as the ‘Abakua’ tradition, which helped create salsa, samba, soca, calypso, and reggae.

Bella Donna

Rooted in jazz, the group, Bella Donna, blends finger-picking and rural influences with a touch of vaudeville from their home in the Missouri Ozarks. The first release is self-titled with a follow-up expected later this year. The group is Liz Carney, vocals, guitar; Matt Guinn, guitar; Mike Williamson, bass, cornet; B.J. Lowrance , drums; and Jeremy Chapman, mandolin.


Check out the show!