Small town intrigue, big band soul!

Decent People... and some who aren't

Friday, Feb. 10 – Sunday, Feb. 12  – A Big Band, a small town murder mystery and two new songwriters!

Author: De’Shawn Charles Winslow – Decent People – “Strong characters, impeccable prose, and brisk pacing.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Music: Songwriters Rod Smoth and Amara Nicole (backed by the Yalobushwhackers)

Hosts: Jim Dees and the Yalobushwhacker Big Band with the Thacker Horns and guest vocalist Mary Frances Massey

Air times:

Friday, Feb. 10 – 6 am (CT)  WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.

Saturday, Feb. 11 – 3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Sunday, Feb. 12 – 3 pm (ET) WUOT | 91.9 FM, Knoxville

Listen: Thacker Mountain Radio Hour on Spotify




De'Shawn Charles Winslow

De’Shawn Charles Winslow’s Decent People (Bloomsbury) is a sweeping and unforgettable novel of a Black community reeling from a triple homicide, and the secrets the killings reveal.

In 1976 West Mills, North Carolina, Marian, Marva, and Lazarus Harmon, three enigmatic siblings, are found shot to death in their home.

Miss Josephine Wright, recently returned home to West Mills from New York City, sets out to investigate.

Jo discovers small town secrets ranging from medical cover-ups-ranging to illicit affairs.

De’Shawn Charles Winslow is the author of In West Mills, a Center for Fiction First Novel Prize winner; winner of an American Book Award, a Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

Winslow was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


Rod Smoth

Rod Smoth is Mississippi singer and guitarist Reed Smith. His self-titled debut was recorded in Jackson, MS with producer Cole Furlow (Low Variety, Dead Gaze).

Combining the “eerie quiet of folk music with the darkness of stoner rock” Smith says, “Rod Smoth was born.”

Amara Nicole

Amara Nicole is a singer-songwriter and blogger from Jackson, MS. Her latest release is the single, Imitation of Love.

Other releases include the singles, Eyes Wide Open, Stand and In The Shallow.

For her Thacker appearance, Amara will be backed by our house band, the Yalobushwhackers.