The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour will make its first ever appearance in Clarksdale at 6 p.m. Friday, April 15 at New Roxy Theatre (363 Issaquena Ave) as part of this year’s popular Juke Joint Festival. Admission is free and the public is invited.
The New Roxy is an outdoor venue, therefore lawn chairs are welcome and a cash bar and food service will be available.
Grammy Award-winning writer Robert Gordon is the author of six books, and producer/director of eight feature documentaries. Gordon’s most recent documentary is Best of Enemies, a film about the enmity between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal during the 1968 Presidential campaign. His books include It Came From Memphis, Muddy Waters – Can’t Be Satisfied (considered the definitive Muddy Waters biography) and his latest, Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story. He won a Grammy in 2010 for his essay on Big Star in their boxed set, Keep An Eye On the Sky.
Blues guitarist and singer/songwriter Robert “Bilbo” Walker was raised in Clarksdale, the heart of the Mississippi Delta. He has lived in Chicago, where he developed his unique, one-handed guitar style and Bakersfield, Calif. where he learned and played country music. His CDs include, Promised Land, Rompin’ and Stompin’ and Rock the Night. Walker, known for his fiery stage performances, lives in California. Check out the featured video at the top for a cool preview of Walker’s sound.
Robert “Lil Poochie” Watson was born and raised in Natchez and began his blues career as a teenager, singing and playing guitar. During the 1980s, Watson took a break from music and resumed performing in the 2000s. Hezekiah Early is a Natchez-based drummer, harmonica player and vocalist. The duo has a brand new CD, Natchez Burnin’ (Broke and Hungry Records).
The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour can be heard every Saturday night at 7 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, radio or online: MPBOnline.
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.