Celebrating books, writers and… drummers!

At the Lyric Oxford with the Oxford Conference for the Book

Lyric Oxford 1006 Van Buren Ave. Oxford, MS March 30, 2023 at 6 pm

Thursday, March 30 at 6 pm – Celebrating the Oxford Conference For The Book!

Venue: The Lyric Oxford – 1006 Van Buren, Oxford, MS 38655 – Phone: (662) 234-5333

Time: Doors: 5:30 pm – Show: 6 pm 

Admission: FREE! (Public invited. No conference pass required). Come early and bring your posse! Bar service available.

Author: Nic Brown (Bang Bang Crash) “Charming . . . A nostalgia-rich ode to optimism.”- Garden and Gun

Music: Charlie Parr (Last of the Better Days Ahead)

Hosts: Jim Dees and the Yalobushwhacker Big Band featuring the Thacker Horns!

Air times:

Thursday, March 30 – 6:00 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, April 7 – 6 am WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.

Saturday, April 8 –3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Sunday, April 9 – 3 pm (ET) WUOT | 91.9 FM, Knoxville

Listen: Thacker Mountain Radio Hour on Spotify



Nic Brown

Nic Brown is the author of a memoir based on his music career as a drummer, Bang Bang Crash (Counterpoint). In the mid-1990s, fresh out of high school, Brown was living his childhood dream: a rock and roll drummer, signed to a major label, playing big shows, hitting the charts, giving interviews in Rolling Stone and appearing on The Tonight Show.

And yet… he decided to become a writer, embarking on a journey leading him to attend the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, publish novels and short stories, and teach literature to college students across the country.

Bang Bang Crash is the story of Brown’s unusual journey to discover an even greater life of artistic fulfillment.

“A well-written rock memoir that evades the usual clichés.” — Kirkus Reviews

Nic Brown’s previous books include the novels In Every Way, Doubles, and Floodmarkers, which was selected as an Editors’ Choice by The New York Times Book Review.

A graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has served as the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi and is now an associate professor of creative writing at Clemson University.


Charlie Parr

Minnesota-born roots musician Charlie Parr plays a Mule resonator, National resonator guitar, a fretless open-back banjo, and a twelve-string guitar, often in the Piedmont blues style. Among his thirteen albums are his most recent: Dog (2017), CHARLIE PARR (2019), and Last of the Better Days Ahead (2021).

Using Duluth as his home base, Parr tours and records in unusual spaces (warehouses, garages, living rooms, storefronts) often employing vintage or lo-fi techniques.

Photo: Dianne Bruce Dunlau