This week (April 1-3) The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour welcomes Pamela Terry and her debut novel, The Sweet Taste of Muscadines with music by New Orleans-Caribbean rockers, Daria & The Hip Drops and Memphis soul-jazz-hip hop band, Southland.
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Saturday, April 3 – 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting
9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio
Thursdays 6pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi
Fridays 9am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio
Pamela Terry is the author of the novel, The Sweet Taste of Muscadines (Ballantine Books). In the novel, a woman returns to her small southern hometown in the wake of her mother’s sudden and suspicious death in her muscadine arbor. As more is known about the mother, Geneva’s, death, shocking truths are revealed that overturn the family’s history. An extraordinary journey ensues to chase the truth.
“[A] spellbinding account of long-buried secrets coming to light . . . With stirring prose and strong characters, Terry captures the complexities of memory and the difficulties of going home.”—Publishers Weekly
“A mashup of Fried Green Tomatoes and You Can’t Go Home Again with a sprinkling of William Faulkner.”—BookPage
Pamela Terry is the author of the internationally popular blog, From the House of Edward, which was named one of the top ten home blogs of the year by London’s The Telegraph.
She lives in Smyrna, Georgia, with her songwriter husband, Pat, and their three dogs, Apple, Andrew, and George. The Sweet Taste of Muscadines is her first novel.
Daria & The Hip Drops use Caribbean influences with alt-pop and funk aesthetics to create catchy hooks and danceable upbeat tunes. Songwriter Daria Dzurik fronts the band and plays steel drum, keys, and sings lead. The New Orleans-based group celebrates the music and culture of its hometown as well as the carnival vibe of Trinidad and Tobago by combining elements of funk, indie rock, pop, reggae and calypso.
Their releases include the album, Hipnotic and the single – and perfect spring/summer anthem – Day Too Long.
Photo: Rick Moore
Southland is a Memphis collective of musicians led by songwriter/saxophonist Kori Wallace. Wallace has roots from Florida to Mississippi, Atlanta to Memphis. Southland’s music intertwines jazz, neo-soul, spoken word, hip-hop, and R&B into a signature sound they call, BlackSocialMusic.
In addition to Wallace, Southland includes, Kennedy “Kengdom” Harris, producers DeAnte “ANTE” Payne, Asia “A.D.U.B.B.” Wilson, Antonio “A.Wal” Walker, and multi-instrumentalist Kem Gray, Jr.