The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour performs two shows this week, Thursday in Oxford and Friday in Clarksdale as part of the Juke Joint Festival. Both shows start at 6 p.m. and there is no admission charge to either.
Check HottyToddy.com tomorrow (Thursday) for a preview of Thacker’s Clarksdale show on Friday at the Juke Joint Festival. Thursday’s show will be broadcast locally on WUMS 92.1 FM or online: MyRebelRadio.com.
However, it’s business as usual for TMR at Off Square Books on Thursday, April 14 as the show welcomes bestselling author Erik Larson and children’s author William Joyce with music by Talbot Adams and the Christian Lopez Band. The show is hosted by Jim Dees and Thacker house band the Yalobushwhackers, featuring frontman John Paul Keith.
Erik Larson is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including his latest, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. (Crown). The book is a riveting non-fiction account of the sinking of the passenger ship, the Lusitania – the so-called, “other Titantic” – during World War I. Larson’s previous books include, In the Garden of Beasts, Isaac’s Storm and The Devil in the White City, an Edgar Award winner and National Book Award finalist.
William Joyce is an award-winning author/illustrator and filmmaker who has written and illustrated over 50 children’s books. His latest is Ollie’s Odyssey (Atheneum), an adventurous tale that describes “what really goes on with your stuffed animals when the lights are out.” Joyce has won an Academy Award and three Emmy awards for film and TV adaptations of his work. He has also illustrated numerous covers of The New Yorker magazine. He will sign copies of his book at Square Books, Jr. at 3:30 p.m.
Songwriter Talbot Adams is a New Orleans native and NYU graduate, now living in Oxford. His most recent release is Talbot Adams. In its review of the CD, Razorcake.org said: “Excellent pop songs with a spacey consideration in the vein of early Robyn Hitchcock with a hint of big beat garage influence. It’s simple trio rock with depth invested in variety. It sounds like an album rather than a bunch of songs.”
The Christian Lopez Band is a country/rock band led by 20-year-old songwriter, Christian Lopez of Martinsburg, West Virginia. Other members include, Chelsea McBee (banjo, vocals), Pete Teselsky (drums) and Mark Schottinger (bass). Their debut CD is Onward (Blaster Records). Following their Thursday evening Thacker appearance, the band will perform a full set at 8 p.m. at Shelter on Van Buren (1221 Van Buren Avenue – across the street from Off Square Books in the basement of Neilson’s). Check out the featured video (top) for a preview of the Christian Lopez Band.
The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour can be heard every Saturday night at 7 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, radio or online: MPBOline.org.
More information is available at the show’s 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 Soundcloud.com/ThackerMountain.