Saturday’s show: Food writer Martha Foose with artist Amy C. Evans, soul band the Gold Magnolias and songwriter Jimmie Bratcher

New show! Stories and recipes, funky soul music and down-home 'sanctified' blues!

August 8, 2020 at 7pm (CT) on Mississippi Public Broadcasting; 9pm (CT) on Alabama Public Radio

This Saturday, August 8, – New show! The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour welcomes James Beard award-winning cookbook author Martha Foose to the Thacker Shack for an in-person, (though socially distant) interview about her latest book, A Good Meal Is Hard To Find. Joining us remotely will be the book’s co-author and illustrator, Amy C. Evans. Our musical guests (also joining us through the magic of technology) will include soul band, the Gold Magnolias and songwriter, guitarist (and cookbook author!) the “Electric Rev,” Jimmie Bratcher. 

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Saturday, August 8 – 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio




Martha Hall Foose

Martha Hall Foose is a cookbook author whose latest is A Good Meal Is Hard To Find – Storied Recipes from the Deep South (Chronicle Books). In this innovative, entertaining collection, Foose concocts recipes -and mini-stories- based on paintings done by her friend, artist Amy C. Evans.

Foose’s bestselling debut, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea, won the James Beard Award for American Cooking and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award. Her follow-up was A Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories From Close to Home. Martha makes her home with her family in the Mississippi Delta.


Amy C. Evans

Amy C. Evans is an artist and co-author of the cookbook, A Good Meal Is Hard to Find – Storied Recipes from the Deep South (Chronicle Books). She spent more than a decade documenting Southern food culture through oral history fieldwork, and her paintings continue to be a reflection of her explorations of the South. Amy makes her home with her daughter in Houston, Texas.


The Gold Magnolias

The Gold Magnolias are a southern soul band founded in Brooklyn, NY in 2009. The band came together around their shared love of the classic soul and blues sounds of Al Green, Otis Redding and James Brown. The group honed their stage show through numerous dive bar “residencies” in their home borough culminating in their eponymous debut album in 2011. Their sophomore release, Sail On Glam Dog, appeared in 2015. Their latest EP, released this July, is Ready to Run.

Jimmie Bratcher

Jimmy Bratcher is a guitarist and songwriter from Kansas City who has just published his first cookbook, I’m Hungry – Music, Family and Friends co-written with his wife Sherri. The book is accompanied by an EP of food-related original songs by Bratcher.

Bratcher, known as the “Electric Rev,” writes songs that pairs the musical language of the blues with spiritual messages, what he calls, “electric blues-based sanctified.” In addition to traditional venues, his tours include performances in churches, bars, prisons and motorcycle rallies. His albums include New Old Stuff, Exchange, The Bike Blessing and two Man! It’s Christmas albums.