You Are My Sunshine!

Life and love on a "really long bike ride," plus southern beats and Creole licks!

Thursday, June 13 – Sunday, June 16 – Warming up for summer with tasty tunes and grooves plus stories of an epic bike ride and music by our Thacker Big Band!

Guests: Author Sean Dietrich (You are My Sunshine: A Story of Love, Promises, and a Really Long Bike Ride); hip hop artist 5th Child and Swamp Soul songstress, Marcella Simien. 

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhacker Big Band featuring the Thacker Horns!

(Original air: Nov. 17, 2022)

Air Times:

Thursday, June 13 – 8 am (CT) WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN

6 pm (CT) WUMS 92.1 FM University of Mississippi

Saturday, June 15 – 3 pm (ET) WUTC 88.1 FM Chattanooga, TN

7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Sunday, June 16 – 3 pm (ET) WUOT | 91.9 FM, Knoxville

2 pm (MT) KNCE 93.5 | Taos, New Mexico

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Sean Dietrich

Sean Dietrich is the author of You Are My Sunshine (Zondervan), the true (and laugh out loud) story of a 350-mile bike ride the author undertook (on a three-wheeled tricycle) on The Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Towpath trail. The grueling, memorable trip fulfilled a long overdue promise to the author’s wife.

Dietrich is a columnist, podcaster, stand-up storyteller, and novelist known for his commentary on life in the American South. His work has appeared in Southern LivingGood GritSouth magazine, and other publications, and he has authored fourteen books.

Follow Sean’s daily writing at or @seanofthesouth on Instagram.


5th Child

Hailing from Jackson, MS, 5th Child blends southern bravado with thought-provoking and soulful lyrics, which gives listeners mesmerizing rhythms to rock to and grow from at the same time. This artist/producer/engineer mixes poetic commentary with real life stories, providing a poignant point of view with an accessible backdrop of soulful production.

Marcella Simien

Whether singing her own songs or tackling a standard like “I’d Rather Go Blind,” Marcella Simien’s hybrid of Memphis soul and Creole funk has captivated the city’s music lovers and made her one of the most in-demand artists in the region.

Like the flavors in a perfect gumbo, Simien’s music offers delicious blends of the Memphis sound infused with spicy accordion and piquant lyrics in French.

Hailing from Louisiana, Simien practically grew up on stage with her father, two-time Grammy-winner and zydeco maestro Terrance Simien. She moved to Memphis to attend the Memphis College of Art and quickly became a fixture in the city’s vibrant nightclub scene.