Night at the Museum!

Tales from the Metropolitan Museum with New Orleans funk and roots tunes!

Live from Off Square Books October 24, 2019 at 6 pm

Join us for The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.

Guests: Author Christine Coulson (Metropolitan Stories) with musical guests, roots rocker Paul Burch, New Orleans jazz-soul singer, the Lilli Lewis Project and a special appearance by Americana songwriter Ron Etheridge

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)

This show will be heard on Mississippi and Alabama Public networks:
Mississippi: Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 pm:
Alabama: Saturday, Nov. 2 at 9 pm:



Christine Coulson

Author Christine Coulson worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for more than twenty-five years, and has now written, Metropolitan Stories (Other Press).

An enchanting novel that shows us the Met that the public doesn’t see, the book is a surreal love letter to this private side of the Met. The novel unfolds in a series of amusing and poignant vignettes in which we discover larger-than-life characters, the downside of survival, and the powerful voices of the art itself. A novel bursting with magic, humor, and energetic detail, this is also a beautiful book about introspection.

Christine Coulson began her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1991 as a summer intern in the European Paintings Department. She returned in 1994, and over the next twenty-five years, rose through the ranks of the Museum, working in the Development Office, the Director’s Office, and the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.

She recently left the Met to write full-time.


The Lilli Lewis Project

The New Orleans-based Lilli Lewis Project (LLP) recently released their first CD, We Belong (Louisiana Red Hot Records). The album’s main themes deal with the notion of unconditional community, where empathy is realized despite differences.

The band consists of veteran New Orleans musicians including, Lilli Lewis on piano and vocals, Smokey Brown on guitar, Wade Hymel on drums, Ryan Murray on percussion, Ole Oddlokken on sax and Dr. Jimbo Walsh on bass. The powerhouse rock and soul sextet is a pan-generational group whose musical influences cover a broad spectrum of contemporary and traditional music, including jazz, soul and reaggae.

“LLP has the perfect mixture of great American song writing and soul. It’s like crawfish étouffée and bread pudding for your eardrums.”
-Lou Hill, Water Seed

On Sunday, Oct. 28, the band will perform at the Treehouse Gallery, outside of Oxford, MS at 328 CR 418, Oxford, MS

Paul Burch

For over two decades, Paul Burch’s unique vision of American roots music has attracted characters and collaborators from punk to honky tonk. Burch’s latest album Meridian Rising (2016) (Plowboy Records & Glider Ltd) is an imagined musical autobiography of American music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers and was produced with Grammy winner Dennis Crouch.

I’m a Paul Burch fan. How could I not be?
How many other contemporary artists have forged a body of work of such cleverness and coherence, careful craftsmanship and white-hot heat, with all the zeal of the most dedicated student and all the passion of a true original?

– Peter Guralnick (author of bios of Sam Phillips, Elvis and Sam Cooke)

Ron Etheridge

Ron Etheridge is a singer/songwriter born and raised in the heart of the Delta in Greenville, Mississippi. “Roots inspired folk music, or Americana,” is how Etheridge describes his music. His debut album, There Will Be Wolves (Old Trace Records) came out in 2017. That same year, Etheridge won “Songwriter of the Year” at the Jackson (MS) Music Awards. Since then he has shared the stage with such acts as Govt Mule, Chris Stapleton, Old Crow Medicine Show, Widespread Panic, and Todd Snider among others.