The Killing Hills with Chris Offutt!

Kentucky noir and gritty blues!

June 11, 2022 at Thursday 6 pm (CT) WUMS University of Mississippi; Fridays 6 am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio; 3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; 7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting; 9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Saturday, June 11 – We’re going country dark with author Chris Offutt as we discuss his atmospheric mystery novel, The Killing Hills. The book and its quirky hero, Mick Hardin, have spawned an “accidental” trilogy of books centered on the character and setting of Offutt’s titular eastern Kentucky.

Music: Blues musician Eric Deaton will discuss his recent work with the Black Keys, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and Robert Finley and share some tracks. Ghalia Volt will also join us for a fiery slide guitar set.

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

(Originally aired March 5, 2022)

Air times:

Thursday, June 9 – 6:00 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, June 10 – 9 am WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.

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

7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio



Chris Offutt

Chris Offutt’s latest novel is the crime/thriller, The Killing Hills (Grove Press).

The novel is a well-paced thriller that still takes the time to smell the opossums. A suspicious death (what else) triggers the action of loyalties and rivalries in a fiercely private community in the Kentucky backwoods.

Offutt knows his territory and genre well. Yet he turns most thriller tropes on their head in this witty and entertaining “holler noir.”

Offutt’s previous books include the novels Country Dark and The Good Brother, the short-story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, and three memoirs: The Same River Twice, No Heroes, and My Father, the Pornographer.

His television work includes screenplays for the hit series Weeds, True Blood and Treme.

He lives in rural Lafayette County near Oxford, Mississippi.


Eric Deaton

Bassist/guitarist/vocalist Eric Deaton appears on Delta Kream the latest album by the Black Keys. He’ll join us to discuss his career and play tracks from his recent work. His CDs include Gonna Be Trouble Here and Smile at Trouble. In the mid to late 1990’s, Deaton apprenticed under the late blues masters Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside

He appears on the 2019 recording, Cypress Grove, by Jimmy Duck Holmes which was chosen as a ‘Favorite Blues Album’ by AllMusic and received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 2021 Grammys.

Delta Kream was likewise nominated for best contemporary blues album

Deaton also recently completed work with Robert Finley on his album Sharecropper’s Son (Easy Eye Records). The group could be seen last month on the Stephen Colbert show.

Deaton will discuss the loose nature of the recording sessions and spin the raucous tune, Make Me Feel Alright.


Ghalia Volt

Ghalia Volt is a slide guitarist/vocalist from Brussels, Belgium now based in New Orleans. Her latest CD is Mississippi Blend (Ruf Records). The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard blues charts. The disc was recorded in Coldwater, MS at the Zebra Ranch and features Cody Dickinson, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Cedric Burnside and Watermelon Slim, on harmonica. Her previous CD was Let the Demons Out which rose to #23 on the Living Blues chart.