Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, author Tom Franklin, acoustic duo, Teneia and Americana singer-songwriter, Rorey Carroll

Classic rock and roll; a livestock noir and soulful Americana tunes!

May 8, 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 8 – Join us on The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour as we celebrate one of the greats, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers. On this show, first aired on Feb. 25, 2017, a few months before Burgess’s death, we were celebrating a new documentary film about Burgess called, The Arkansas Wild Man. Sonny and the band really blast it. Fittingly, our author, Southern novelist Tom Franklin, spins a rural noir about a cow found dead in a most curious way. Aliens?

We’ll also be joined by Americana singer-songwriter, Rorey Carroll, and soulful acoustic duo, Teneia.

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Saturday, May 8 – 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



Tom Franklin

Tom Franklin is the New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award. He is the co-author, with his wife, poet Beth Ann Fennelly, of the 1927 Mississippi River flood novel, The Tilted World.  Franklin’s previous works include Poachers, Hell at the Breech, and a western novel, Smonk, for which he recently finished a screenplay.


Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Europe, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers were formed in 1955 in Newport, Arkansas. The group is best known for their rockabilly classics on legendary SUN Records including, “Red Headed Woman,” “We Wanna Boogie,” and “Sadie’s Back in Town.” Their most recent release is, Ain’t Got No Home. The group was voted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2002.

Burgess passed away on August 18, 2017.

Rorey Carroll

Chicago-born, Americana singer-songwriter,  Rorey Carroll‘s music has been called, “low and powerful with the feeling of a Tarantino film for the ears. A new kind of “Country Western Folk-n-Roll.”  Todd Snider said, “… the best of her generation, she blew me away… and all the crowds too.”

Her releases include the album Love Is An Outlaw and the EP, Songz.


Teneia is an original folk/soul, husband-wife duo consisting of Teneia Sanders-Eichelberger and Ben Eichelberger. Their music combines elements of folk, soul, Southern gospel, blues, and easy-listening pop. Their latest release is No Fakes.

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