On air and online: Friday, Feb. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 26 – The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour continues its 2023 season with a New York Times bestselling novelist and some down-home, good-time roots music!
Author: Sadeqa Johnson – The House of Eve – “Suspenseful and thought-provoking.” – Library Journal
Music: Good time rockers Rocket 88 and Knoxville, TN songwriter Kevin Abernathy
Hosts: Jim Dees and house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Friday, Feb. 24 – 6 am WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.
Saturday, Feb. 25 –3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting
9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio
Sunday, Feb. 26 – 3 pm (ET) WUOT | 91.9 FM, Knoxville
Sadeqa Johnson is the author of The House of Eve (Simon and Shuster) which just this week (Feb. 23) debuted at #13 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
The book is also a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick for February.
The novel takes place in 1950s Philadelphia where fifteen-year-old Ruby Pearsall is on track to becoming the first in her family to attend college, in spite of having a mother more interested in keeping a man than raising a daughter. But a taboo love affair threatens to pull her back down into the poverty and desperation that has been passed on to her like a birthright.
“Suspenseful and thought-provoking.” – Library Journal
Johnson is the author of four novels including her previous novel, Yellow Wife which was named by Oprah Magazine as “27 of 2021 Most Anticipated Winter Historical Fiction books.” Yellow Wife was also a 2021 Goodreads Choice Award finalist for historical fiction.
Rocket 88 is a southern roots-rock, “juke joint gospel” band based in Oxford, MS led by husband and wife, Jamie and Rosey Posey with bassist Nate Robbins.
Formed in 2005, their latest CD is Full Circle.
Knoxville, TN musician (and one-time heavy metal guitarist) Kevin Abernathy has been hailed as “the best undiscovered singer-songwriter in America.” His 2012 release, Some Stories, drew comparisons to John Prine and Steve Earle. His latest releases include the Whammy Bar Diaries and the EP, Mapping the Strange.