Roots and truths: The Plinko Bounce!

Legal intrigue, to-the-bone songwriting and... donkeys!

Friday, October 27 – Sunday, October 29 – The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour welcomes legal thriller author Martin Clark and two fine songwriters!

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Author: Martin Clark – Author of the legal thriller, The Plinko Bounce

Music: Roots songwriters David Dondero and Afton Wolfe

Air times:

Thursday, Oct. 19 – 6 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, Oct. 27 – 6 am (CT) WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN

Saturday, Oct. 28 – 3 pm (ET) WUTC 88.1 FM Chattanooga, TN

7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Sunday, Oct. 29 

3 pm (ET) WUOT | 91.9 FM, Knoxville

2 pm (MT) KNCE 93.5 | Taos, New Mexico



Martin Clark

With its unforgettable characters, spot-on blueprint of the justice system, intricate plotting, and provocative, no-holds-barred ending, The Plinko Bounce (Rare Bird Books) demonstrates once again why Martin Clark has been called “the thinking man’s John Grisham” by The New York Times and praised as “hands down, our finest legal-thriller writer” by Entertainment Weekly.

The audio version of Clark’s previous novel, The Substitution Order, was a number one national bestseller.

A retired circuit court judge from Patrick County, Virginia, Martin is a cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College and attended law school at the University of Virginia.

He and his wife, Deana, live on a farm with dogs, cats, chickens and three donkeys.


David Dondero

In 2006, NPR’s All Songs Considered named David Dondero one of the “best living songwriters” alongside Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Tom Waits.

Among his albums are his latest, Immersion Therapy (Fluff and Gravy Records) and State Songs Vol. 1, an intended series of releases to cover each state in which Dondero has lived (New Jersey and Minnesota, so far).

“Dondero has been described as a folk singer, as a singer-songwriter and all those other coffeeshop terms denoting marketability. But underneath it all, there’s a fair bit of firebrand.” – No Depression

Afton Wolfe

Nashville-based songwriter Afton Wolfe’s latest release is Twenty-Three.

Of his 2021 album, King for Sale, Blues Matters wrote, “Musically, it staggers between rough country blues and Steely Dan getting in a brawl with a proper jazz band.”

In 2022, Wolfe teamed with Mississippi artist, Cary Hudson, for a single and video release of the popular “Ooh La La ” by Faces.