Season Finale! Goin’ Out with a Big Band!

Raisin' a ruckus at the Graduate Hotel from the church to the back porch!

Graduate Hotel - 400 N Lamar Blvd, Oxford, MS April 18, 2024 at 6 pm

Join the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour for our spring season finale on Thursday, April 18 at 6 pm at Graduate Hotel Oxford.

FREE Admission!

Doors: 5:30 pm – Bar service available – Show: 6 pm – Come early and bring a pal!

Hosts: Jim Dees with Paul Tate and the Yalobushwhacker Big Band with the Thacker Horns and featuring guest vocalist Mary Frances Massey

Author: Southern novelist Stephen Hundley (“Bomb Island”)

Music: Gospel rockers The Wilkins Sisters and Nashville duo (via the Republic of Georgia, Russia) Irakli Gabriel & Anana Kaye

Air times:

Thursday, April 18 – 6 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, April 26 – 6 am (CT) WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN

Saturday, April 27– 3 pm (E T) WUTC 88.1 FM Chattanooga, TN

7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Sunday, April 28

3 pm (ET) WUOT | 91.9 FM, Knoxville

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

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Stephen Hundley

Part coming-of-age summer romance, part thriller, Bomb Island (Hub City Press) by Stephen Hundley, is a funny and fast-paced Southern novel exploring sub-culture communities, survival, and found family set on an island near an unexploded atomic bomb.

This zany, big-hearted story, takes readers on a rollicking journey through the weirds and wilds of Coastal Georgia while it examines the strength it takes to live freely and without shame.

Stephen Hundley is the author of The Aliens Will Come to Georgia First (University of North Georgia Press, 2023).


The Wilkins Sisters

The Wilkins Sisters, Tangela Longstreet and Joyce Jones, (along with Tawana Cunningham) sang and toured with their late father, Rev. John Wilkins, for years prior to his death on Oct. 6, 2020 at the age of 76.

They sang on Reverend John’s album You Can’t Hurry God (2010) and for his second release, Trouble, recorded at famed Royal Studios and released by Memphis label Goner Records, Rev Wilkins wanted his daughters featured more prominently. Grammy-nominated producer Amos Harvey did just that.

Trouble highlights the daughters’ strong, soulful vocal leads as well their warm, distinctive harmonies.

Before his passing, the Good Reverend was quoted by Goner Records: “We all have troubles. But we will find a way…  I just needed to find a stanky beat!”

Since then, sisters Tangela and Joyce (along with granddaughter Toya and niece Beverly) have carried on the family business, singing, touring and recording and yes – finding that stanky beat!

Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel Anana

Originally from The Republic of Georgia, Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel Anana have called Nashville home for the past three years.

Their upcoming release is Whispers and Sighs. The album was made in collaboration with the late songwriter (and Thacker favorite) David Olney who passed away in 2020 at age 71.

Previous releases include Sentient (2016) and Detour (2019).