Sex and the Book Festival!

Celebrate the Mississippi Book Festival with Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, Memphis songwriter, Grace Askew and soul/pop/rock band, The New Respects

August 22, 2020 at 7pm (CT) on Mississippi Public Broadcasting; 9pm (CT) on Alabama Public Radio

This Saturday, August 22, The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour celebrates the Mississippi Book Festival! Like most events, the book festival was canceled this year but we fondly recall our 2019 visit with this encore performance. Our guests include bestselling author of Sex and the City Candace Bushnell, soul/rock/pop band, The New Respects and Memphis singer-songwriter Grace Askew.

The show is hosted by Jim Dees and Thacker house band the Yalobushwhackers. (From Aug, 2019).

Air times:

Saturday, August 22 at 7pm (CT) on Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio




Candace Bushnell

Candace Bushnell is the author of Sex and the City, a bestselling collection of essays that was turned into a landmark HBO television series and two films. Her latest book is Is There Still Sex in the City? (Grove/Atlantic).

Set between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a country enclave known as The Village, the new book follows a cohort of female friends—Sassy, Kitty, Queenie, Tilda Tia, Marilyn, and Candace—as they navigate the ever-modernizing phenomena of midlife dating and relationships. There’s “Cubbing,” in which a sensible older woman suddenly becomes the love interest of a much younger man, the “Mona Lisa” Treatment—a vaginal restorative surgery often recommended to middle aged women, and what it’s really like to go on Tinder dates as a fifty-something divorcee.

From the high highs (My New Boyfriend or MNBs) to the low lows (Middle Age Madness, or MAM cycles), Bushnell illustrates with humor and acuity today’s relationship landscape and the types that roam it.

Bushnell’s previous books include, Lipstick Jungle, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Trading Up, Four Blondes, Summer and the City, and Killing Monica.


The New Respects

The New Respects are a family band from Nashville, the Fitzgerald siblings – Darius and twins Alexandria and Alexis – and their cousin Jasmine Mullen – who perform energetic indie rock that encompasses blues, rock and soul. Their latest release is the full-length album, Before the Sun Goes Down (Credential Recordings). Their previous CD is the EP Here Comes Trouble. The New Respects’ 2019 summer tour includes stops at the Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza festivals.

Grace Askew

Grace Askew is a singer-songwriter from Memphis. Her latest  album is, Denim and Diesel.

Askew was a contestant on Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice and has won numerous songwriting awards, including Unsigned Only (First Place, Americana, 2017), the International Songwriting Competition (First Place, Americana, 2016), and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2014 Grand Prize, Folk). Her previous CDs include Scaredy Cat and Until They Lay Me Down to Rest. Her latest single, released this spring, is Yours.