Saturday’s show: Rockin’ good times at the Neshoba County Fair!

Kick up some red dust with Today Show TV chef Elizabeth Heiskell, country-rockers Young Valley and bluesman Lightnin' Malcolm!

July 18, 2020 at 7pm (CT) on Mississippi Public Broadcasting; 9pm (CT) on Alabama Public Radio

This Saturday, July 18, The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour recalls good times at The Neshoba County Fair (outside, Philadelphia, MS) from our 2018 visit to the Pavilion at historic Founders’ Square. Our guests are Today show chef and cookbook author, Elizabeth Heiskell, country/rock band, Young Valley and North Mississippi bluesman, Lightnin’ Malcolm.

The show is hosted by Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers.

Air times:

Saturday, July,18 –  7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is heard in Neshoba County, MS every Saturday at 7 pm on WMAW 88.1 FM.




Elizabeth Heiskell

Elizabeth Heiskell, known for her popular cooking segments on NBC’s Today Show, is the author of the cookbook What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up (Southern Living) From housewarming party to garden party, a new baby, a wake, a wedding, christening or anything in between, the book includes over 100 recipes, including appetizers, mains, sandwiches, desserts and more. All served with “no stress required.”

Heiskell was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta and moved to Oxford in 2011. She and her husband Luke run Woodson Ridge Farm, an 80-acre former cattle farm. Produce from the farm serves local chefs and the surrounding community. The farm is also the site for various events including weddings, cooking classes and children’s events. As featured in Southern Living magazine, Heiskell raises dozens of different vegetables and puts up a portion of the farm’s yield into jars full of gourmet pickles, jellies, jams, salsas, and her own Bloody Mary mix, Debutante Farmer.

Also look for Heiskell’s updated Southern Living Party Cookbook and, coming in spring 2021, Come On Over!: Southern Delicious for Every Day and Every Occasion.


Young Valley

Young Valley is a country/rock band from Jackson, MS. Their sound mixes traditional country with southern rock. The debut CD, No Filter, was released in 2014. Their new CD, Young Valley, was recorded with Drive By Truckers bassist, Matt Patton at Dial Back Studios in Water Valley, MS., and released this year. One reviewer noted the band’s savvy mix of vintage and modern: “Springsteen with a lap steel; Jim Reeves country until the lead guitar kicks in. One of the most original Americana bands you’ll hear.”

Lightnin' Malcolm

Mississippi based multi-instrumentalist Lightnin’ Malcolm combines his Hill Country guitar groove with melodic songwriting and performance chops honed from years of world tours and solo juke joint gigs. Malcolm often performs as a one-man band combining his guitar with foot drums, or as part of the North Mississippi Allstars or as a duo with drummer Cedric Burnside or drummer Carl White aka Stud Ford, grandson of the late T-Model Ford.

Malcolm’s CDs include Outlaw Justice, Foot Soldier and Rough Out There.

Check out the show!