Author/cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, bluesman Eddie Cotton, Jr. and songwriter Claire Holley from Clinton, MS!

Blues and down-home jazz with special guest, Alphonso Sanders!

June 19, 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

This Saturday (June 19), The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour revisits our 2016 trip to Clinton, MS with a classic show featuring the blistering blues guitar of Eddie Cotton, Jr. , a tribute to Eudora Welty by singer-songwriter Claire Holley and a memorable Father’s Day message from author/cartoonist, Marshall Ramsey. The show is hosted by Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers, featuring special guest, multi-instrumentalist, Alphonso Sanders.

Special shout of thanks to the Arts Council of Clinton, MS!

Air times:

Saturday, June 19 – 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





Marshall Ramsey

Marshall Ramsey is an Editor-at-Large at Mississippi Today, a non-profit news website. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist (2002 and 2006). His editorial cartoons are syndicated nationally by Creators Syndicate and have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. He is the author of two cartoon collections, the short story collection, Fried Chicken and Wine and the children’s book, Banjo’s Dream. Ramsey is also the host of the weekly statewide radio program, Now You’re Talking, and the television program, Conversations, on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.


Eddie Cotton, Jr.

Eddie Cotton, Jr. is an electric blues guitarist from Clinton, MS. A minister’s son, Cotton Jr. grew up singing and playing gospel music at church and playing the blues at home. He studied music theory at Jackson State University and served as minister of music at his father’s church. His explosive stage show now encompasses funk, soul, blues along with his blistering guitar playing. Cotton’s CDs include EXTRA and Live at the Alamo.

Claire Holley

Singer-songwriter Claire Holley’s latest album is Every Hour, a collection of hymns, sacred songs (and one Beach Boys cover) that she recorded with a full band in a rustic studio in the Texas hill country. She has released seven full length records and two EPs. Her music has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition as well as in film and television. Her previous CD was Time in the Middle. Holley lives in Los Angeles.

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