The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour will perform a special edition of its show this Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Lyric Oxford (1006 Van Buren Ave). The program will feature 86-year-old rockabilly legend Sonny Burgess with his band, the Legendary Pacers. Oxford author Tom Franklin (“Mississippi Noir”) will be the literary guest along with folk/soul duo, Teneia and Americana songwriter Rorey Carroll. Admission is free and the public is invited.
The show will be hosted by Jim Dees and Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers. While the show will serve as one of the kick-off events for the Oxford Film Festival, no ticket is required.
Thursday’s show will be broadcast on WUMS 92.1 FM in the Oxford area and streamed online at http://myrebelradio.com/.
Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers were formed in 1955 in Newport, Arkansas and are best known for their classics on legendary SUN Records including, “Red Headed Woman,” “We Wanna Boogie,” and “Sadie’s Back in Town.” The group was voted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2002.
The band will also perform on Friday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. at Proud Larry’s. A documentary film about Sonny Burgess, “The Arkansas Wild Man,” which will be shown at the Oxford Film Festival on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3:45 p.m. at the Malco Commons. (For more details, go to http://oxfordfilmfest.com/schedule-2015/)
Oxford resident Tom Franklin is the “New York Times“ bestselling author of “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter,” which won the “Los Angeles Times” Book Prize and the Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award. He is the co-author, with his wife, poet Beth Ann Fennelly, of the Mississippi River flood novel, “The Tilted World.” In 2016, Franklin served as editor for the crime anthology, “Mississippi Noir.” He teaches in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.
Americana singer-songwriter, Rorey Carroll, has impressed the likes of Todd Snider who said “she blew me away and the crowds too.” Later Thursday night, following her Thacker appearance, Carroll will perform a full show at Proud Larry’s at 8 p.m.
Teneia is an original folk/soul, husband-wife duo from Jackson, Mississippi, who combine elements of folk, soul, Southern gospel, blues and easy-listening pop. Their latest release is “No Fakes.”
In other Thacker news, following a months-long search, The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour has announced a new executive producer/director for the show.
Kate Teague, a 2015 Ole Miss graduate and Mobile, Alabama native, was hired this week by the show’s board of directors to take the helm. Teague served as interim director while the board conducted its search and has worked with the show the past two years as a production intern.
“I am beyond excited to accept this position,” Teague said, “and for the chance to continue to work alongside the Thacker family, board and our loyal sponsors.”
Teague has worked in the music business in Nashville with Vector Management, Rounder Records and musician Will Kimbrough. Her Thacker duties will include overseeing the live show, booking guests, organizing road performances and tending to the myriad details of producing 30 live shows a year with a dozen crew members.
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