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!

Thursday, August 11; Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13 – This week we again celebrate a debut novel that knocked our Hawaiian shirts off. This one a stunning portrait of motherhood, friendship, and humanity. Author (and Thacker friend) Mark Richard reports he read it in one sitting.

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, August 11 – 6:00 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, August 12 – 6 am WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.

Saturday, August 13 –3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Listen: Thacker Mountain SoundCloud

7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio



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.


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.