The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour presents its season finale, Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at The Lyric Oxford—located at 1006 Van Buren Ave. Admission is free. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and a cash bar will be available.
Guests will include authors Harrison Scott Key, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and Mississippi Delta writer, Hank Burdine. Musical guests will include New York-based folk-rocker Milton and Delta boogie-woogie pianist, Eden Brent. The show is hosted by Jim Dees and the Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers.
Harrison Scott Key’s first book, the memoir, The World’s Largest Man, won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. His latest is “Congratulations, Who Are You Again?” (Harper Perennial), a hilarious look at pursuing your dreams and what happens if those dreams come true. Key delivers his usual big laughs but this is also a no-holds-barred look at ambition, and the toll it takes on the achiever and their loved ones.
Key is a Memphis native, who grew up in rural Rankin County. Key teaches at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia where he lives with his wife and three daughters.
Hank Burdine is the author of “Dust in the Road, Reflections of a Delta Boy” (Coopwood Publishing), a collection of his columns for Delta Magazine where he is a Contributing Editor. The book is an illuminating tour of the Delta that includes hog hunts, river runners, moonshiners, epic cookouts, eccentric characters and of course, the Delta’s many blues musicians, writers and artists. Burdine is a native Mississippi Deltan, a noted sportsman and co-author of “Panther Tract: Wild Boar Hunting in the Mississippi Delta.” He is a contributor to “The Delta: Landscapes, Legends, and Legacies of Mississippi’s Most Storied Region.” Burdine lives in Chatham, Mississippi on “the backside of Lake Washington.”
Eden Brent is an award-winning blues pianist from Greenville who combines boogie-
woogie with elements of blues, jazz, soul, gospel and pop. She records on the independent Yellow Dog Records label and her CDs include “Mississippi Number One”, “Ain’t Got No Troubles” (recorded in New Orleans) and her latest, “Jigsaw Heart”, which was recorded in Nashville. Brent is a three-time Blues Award winner who toured and played with former Motown session musician, Abie “Boogaloo” Ames, who helped her hone her unique piano style.
Marc Rosenthal, aka Milton, is a “songwriter’s songwriter,” known for his insightful lyrics, distinctive voice and soulful songs steeped in classic R&B, pop, jazz, folk and country. Milton first gained notoriety for his single, “In The City.” His CDs include Milton and The Lady at the Bottom of the Hill. Milton is currently on tour with Dave Alvin and Jimmy Dale Gilmore.
The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour will hold its annual Holiday/Membership Party, Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Southside Gallery— located at 150 Courthouse Square. The event is free to members and memberships are available at the door. The party will feature an array of silent auction items, a signature cocktail from Snackbar, food by Party Waitin to Happen and live music by Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers. The public is invited.
The live broadcast can be heard on WUMS 92.1 FM in Oxford and online: http://myrebelradio.com/.
The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour can be heard every Saturday night at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (90.3 FM in Oxford) and at 9 pm on Alabama Public Radio http://www.apr.org/#stream/.
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