‘Thacker Mountain’ to host show at fair

From Press Reports

The “Thacker Mountain Radio Hour” will perform live at the Neshoba County Fair at 8 pm on Saturday at the Founder’s Square Pavilion.

Guests for the show will be veteran Mississippi show band the Krackerjacks, songwriter Charlie Mars, Delta author Jamie Kornegay and Memphis rockabilly duo Motel Mirrors. The show will be hosted by Jim Dees and Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers. Following the one-hour radio show, the Krackerjacks will perform a full concert.

The Neshoba performance of the “Thacker Mountain Radio Hour” will be recorded for future air on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. This will mark the seventh consecutive year the Oxford-based music and literature program has performed at the fair. The Neshoba County Fair is located at 16800 Highway 21 S., Philadelphia.

For over 33 years, the Krackerjacks Band has performed for weddings, corporate events, college parties, country clubs and festivals throughout the Mid-South. The band specializes in classic horn-driven Motown, Stax and R&B favorites. Members include Charlie Ross, Mike Dill, Steve Lewis, Mark Hudson, Randy McCormack, Nate Murphree, Ricky “Toad “ Johnson and Dave Clancy. Following their Thacker appearance, the Krackerjacks will remain on stage and give a full-length performance.

Mars’s newest CD is “The Money” (Rockingham Records/Thirty Tigers). His latest tour has included include stops in Austin, New York City, Minneapolis, and Toronto. His previous CDs include “Like a Bird,” “Like a Plane” (2009) and “Blackberry Light” (2012). Rolling Stone said of his music, “big emotional rock from Mississippi… a knack for hooks, and the hooks here have real barbs: They tug at you and just might draw some blood.”

Oxford-based singer-songwriter Mars is a Laurel native who has deep roots in Neshoba County; for generations his family has maintained a fair cabin on Founder’s Square.

Kornegay is author of the novel “Soil” (Simon and Shuster), a dark comedy set in Lafayette County about a farmer who is ruined by flood and descends into paranoia. The book has been called “the Coen Brothers meets ‘Crime and Punishment’ with a Mississippi twist.” Publisher’s Weekly said, “Penetrating characterizations and a well-charted story bode well for future work from this author.” Kornegay is the owner of Turnrow Books in Greenwood. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children. “Soil” is his first novel.

Motel Mirrors is a Memphis-based band featuring Amy LaVere (bass), Thacker front man John Paul Keith (guitar) and Shawn Zorn (drums). Their sound emulates the classic 1950s and ’60s country duets of George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Their CD “Motel Mirrors” is available from Archer Records.

The “Thacker Mountain Radio Hour” can be heard every Saturday at 7 p.m. on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, (89.9 FM Mississippi State) or online: http://www.mpbonline.org/programs/radio/listen-live/. More information is available at the show’s website, http://thackermountain.com/. Photos from past shows can be found on the show’s Facebook page and podcasts can be heard on the show’s Soundcloud page at https://soundcloud.com/thackermountain.

MAC awards grant to ‘Radio Hour’

“Thacker Mountain Radio Hour” of Oxford has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

This grant is a portion of the $1.61 million in grants the commission will award in 2015-16 and will be used to showcase Mississippi-based musicians on fall editions of the state-syndicated weekly radio program. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The creative economy has never been more vibrant than it is today in the communities across Mississippi,” stated Dr. Tom Pearson, executive director at MAC. “This agency is honored to play a small role in assisting these organizations to continue their work of reinforcing the value of the arts and the role they play in creative place- making and economic development.”

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is an “old-time radio hour” production performed for a live audience and recorded for rebroadcast on Mississippi Public Broadcasting statewide every Saturday night at 7.

Including short segments of music and authors reading from a recent work, the organization strives to celebrate and document the evolving sounds and stories of a diverse South.