Host Post: Mama Bone and the Good Old Boy

by Jim Dees – Late Mississippi author Willie Morris didn’t talk to cows (dogs, yes) but he would recognize the poor, rural characters in One Good Mama Bone. The novel, by South Carolina writer Bren McClain, was given the 2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction and will be featured on this week’s Thacker Mountain…
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Host Post: Don’t Be Flat, Be Sharp!

by Jim Dees – An enigmatic piano is at the center of a brilliant new novel we’ll feature this week on The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. (Thursday, Jan 31 at 6 pm at Off Square Books in Oxford. Admission is free). In, The Weight of a Piano (Knopf) by Chris Cander, the titular instrument haunts…
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Thacker News – Thacker Mountain Radio spring season begins Thursday, Jan. 24

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, Oxford’s award-winning music and literature show, will open its spring season this upcoming Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 pm at Off Square Books. Guests for the first show will include acclaimed debut novelist Garth Greenwell and Mississippi blues musicians Ben Wiley Payton and Watermelon Slim. Admission is free. Off Square…
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Host Post: Radio Revels

by Jim Dees – An author reads from their work and a band plays their latest tunes. It’s a pretty simple formula. The catch is, the author and the band have to be sincere, talented and hard-working and, while they’re at it, show us a new way to see truth. For the past two decades…
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Thacker Mountain Radio hosts Holiday Membership Party this Friday

It’s the party of the year – and you’re invited! The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour will host its annual holiday/membership party, including a very unique silent auction, on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6-9 pm at Southside Gallery at 150 Van Buren Avenue. The event will feature live music by Thacker’s house band, the Yalobushwhackers, as…
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Host Post: ‘Glad and happy when we meet’

by Jim Dees – We are reeling over the news that Snooky Williams of Water Valley has passed away. He was 87 and had been very sick but prior to his illness, Snooky was so very much alive. He and his sweet (and unnaturally funny) wife, Mary Lou, were the earliest supporters of our show,…
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Host Post: Oxford music still kicks in the land of lit

by Jim Dees – Oxford’s rich musical history has been well-documented by The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. Recent guests have included Jim Weatherly, Cary Hudson, Effie Burt, Guelel Kumba, And the Echo, (one of the show’s founders) Caroline Herring, and (next week’s guest) Cedric Burnside. Our radio show has been fortunate to be in a…
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Host Post: For Jim Weatherly, Life is a Pip

by Jim Dees – Not many people can say that Coach Johnny Vaught and Gladys Knight and the Pips were among the most influential people in their lives – OK, only one person can say it: Jim Weatherly. Weatherly played quarterback for the Ole Miss Rebels from 1961-64 and played rock and roll in nightclubs during…
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Host Post: Demons, Ukuleles… Air Conditioning!

by Jim Dees – When the Thacker Mountain brain trust (not me) discovered there was a ukulele band in Memphis, their first thought was, ‘Who can spell, ukulele?’ We booked them and luckily there is spell check and an album, The Memphis Ukulele Band (Blue Barrel Records) to uke to. Memphis Ukulele Band For most,…
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