September 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Afton Thomas


Diane Williams, author of The Life and Legacy of B.B. King: A Mississippi Blues Icon
Guest Musicians, Rev. John Wilkins and Dom Turner
Hosted by Jim Dees and TMR house band, The Yalobushwhackers

 The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is a weekly live radio show featuring author readings and a wide array of musical performances. The show under normal circumstances is live from the square in Oxford, Mississippi and recorded and broadcast weekly. Due to Covid19, the broadcast will air on Saturday evenings this fall and can be heard on Mississippi Public Broadcasting at 7 p.m. and on Alabama Public Radio at 9 p.m. and rebroadcast on local WUMS the following Thursdays at 6 pm.

Listeners who miss the live radio broadcasts can listen back to the show from Thacker Mountain’s archives available on their website www.thackermountain.com.

Host, Jim Dees will be in conversation with author and storyteller, Diane Williams. Williams calls herself a “narratologist.” She is a professional performing artist/storyteller, teaching artist, author, poet and mixed-media fiber artist whose tapestries often tell stories. She is a retired director of grants for the Mississippi Arts Commission and currently serves on the Mississippi Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau. In this intimate portrait of B.B. King, author Diane Williams offers a brief account of the monumental blues man’s life before settling in for a series of interviews with his bandmates and beloved family members, offering readers an invaluable opportunity to feel like they know King too.

In addition to this conversation, listeners will enjoy the sounds of the radio show’s house band, the Yalobushwackers and guest musicians—Memphis-born, Mississippi-based spiritual blues scion Rev. John Wilkins and Australian guitarist, vocalist, and founding member of the Australian blues group, Backsliders, Dom Turner. This is event is a partnership between Thacker Mountain Radio Show and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture in celebration of Living Blues magazine’s 50th Anniversary.

*No registration needed to tune into this radio show.