Saturday’s show: Poet Derrick Harriell, bluesman “Mookie” Cartwright and pop-rocker Hannah Gill in Tupelo, MS!

On the road to Tupelo with cool poetry, hot blues and rock and roll!

July 25, 2020 at 7pm (CT) on Mississippi Public Broadcasting; 9pm (CT) on Alabama Public Radio

This Saturday, July 25, The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, revisits our 2018 road trip to Tupelo, MS and a packed Link Centre Concert Hall. Our guests include poet Derrick Harriell (“Stripper in Wonderland”) blues musician Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright and soul-pop rockers, Hannah Gill and the Hours (“Lost in Words”).

The show is hosted by Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers with guest vocalist Mary Frances Massey. (Don’t miss their Whacka-delic take on “White Rabbit!”)

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour can be heard every Saturday night at 7 pm in the Tupelo area on WMAE 89.5 FM.

Air times:

Saturday, July 25 at 7pm (CT) on Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) on Alabama Public Radio



Derrick Harriell

Derrick Harriell’s latest poetry collection is Stripper in Wonderland (LSU Press). The percussive poems move from birth to death, funk to hip-hop, and racism to religion as Harriell explores the life of a modern black man transplanted from the American Midwest to the Deep South. Harriell directs the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at the University of Mississippi. His previous collections of poetry include Cotton (2010), and Ropes, which won the 2014 Poetry Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.


Hannah Gill and The Hours

Maryland-native Hannah Gill and The Hours blend 70s lo-fi pop and rock with contemporary soul and blues. Songwriter/vocalist Gill’s soulful, lush vocals are set off by Brad Hammonds’ jazzy arrangements and improvisational guitar. Hannah Gill and The Hours’ have just released a new five-song EP, Lost in Words, called by one reviewer, “the stuff alternative pop dreams are made of.” The band’s previous EP is, The Water (Footnote Records).

Very cool video for the single, Austin.

Marcus "Mookie" Cartwright

  Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright is a blues musician originally from Stuttgart, Arkansas now based in Louisiana. Cartwright began as teenage prodigy learning Howlin Wolf songs at the knee of Hubert Sumlin. He is now an accomplished live performer who moves easily between acoustic and electric blues styles. His Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright Band appears widely on the festival circuit and showcases Cartwright’s formidable guitar skills.  

Check out the show!