The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour returns to its standard location (Off Square Books 129 Courthouse Square) this Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. featuring guests; author Jesse Holland (The Invisibles), the all-female country band, Farewell Angelina, and the Mighty Souls Brass Band of Memphis.
Admission is free for the popular weekly community event and the show is hosted by Jim Dees and Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers featuring multi-instrumentalist, Eric Lewis. As always, the show will be broadcast locally on WUMS 92.1 FM and online MyRebelRadio.com
Holly Springs native Jesse Holland is the author of The Invisibles: Slavery Inside The White House and How It Helped Shape America (Lyons Press). The book tells the story of the executive mansion’s most unexpected residents, the African American slaves who lived with the US presidents who owned them through the years 1782 until 1862.
Holland is a national correspondent for the Associated Press. An Ole Miss graduate (and former Barry Hannah student) he is a former editor of the Daily Mississippian (1993-94). He has covered the last three US presidents, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. His previous book was Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History In and Around Washington, D.C. He lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.
Farewell Angelina (featured video-top) is an all-female country quartet featuring four women who are each award-winning songwriters, dynamic singers and multi-instrumentalists. Band members Nicole Witt, Andrea Young and Elizabeth Elkins (of Mama’s Blue Dress) teamed up with noted Nashville harmony singer and solo artist Lisa Torres in the fall of 2014. Their latest release is the hilarious single, Hillbilly 401k.
Mighty Souls Brass Band (video below) is group of Memphis musicians who take their love of New Orleans-style brass band music to explore soul, funk, R&B and world music. Sousaphonist Sean Murphy and veteran Memphis sax man, Jim Spake, anchor the group. The bandalso includes horn player/vocalist Jeremy Shrader and percussionist Earl Lowe. A revolving group of Memphis musicians rounds out the group including trombonist Victor Sawyer and percussionist Paul Taylor. Their debut CD is Lift Up! Following their Thacker appearance, the Mighty Souls will perform a full set at 7 p.m. at the Shelter on Van Buren (across the street from Off Square Books).
The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour can be heard every Saturday night at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, radio or online: MPBOnline.org
More information is available at the TMRH website: ThackerMountain.com. Photos of past shows can be found on the show’s Facebook page and podcasts can be heard on the show’s Soundcloud page at SoundCloudThackerMountain.com
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