A homecoming will happen Thursday at 6 p.m. on Thacker Mountain Radio Hour when Barry “Po” Hannah Jr. returns to perform on the show at Off Square Books.<>
Hannah is the son of the late author Barry Hannah. The elder Hannah will be honored on Saturday, National Record Store Day, with the vinyl release of a 1989 lecture the author gave at Ole Miss.
Hannah Jr., who will also appear at The End of All Music’s Saturday release party, will perform on the radio show Thursday with the High Water Railers including Oxonian Laurie Stirratt with Chris Michaels and Dave Hoffpauir.
Author George Hodgman will read from his comic/tragic memoir, “Bettyville,” and New Orleans troubadour, Andrew Duhon will provide Crescent City grooves. The show is hosted by Jim Dees and the Thacker house band, the Yalobushwhackers. Guest bandleader this week is Eric Lewis, a multi-instrumentalist from Memphis.
Admission is free and the show can be heard on 92.1 FM in Oxford or online at www.myrebelradio.com. The show will be replayed on April 25 at 7 p.m. on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
Hannah Jr. has played guitar professionally since the age of 16. He holds a master’s degree in jazz guitar and currently heads the guitar department at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. A former resident of Oxford, “Po,” as he is known to friends, now lives in Knoxville with his wife Katie and their two children.
Hodgman’s “Bettyville” (Viking) is a witty, tender memoir of a him leaving his high-speed New York City life to return to Paris, Missouri, to care for his irascible mother, Betty. The book has been called “laugh out loud funny and heartbreaking often at the same time.” Hodgman is a veteran magazine and book editor at Simon & Schuster, Vanity Fair and Talk magazine.
Duhon is a singer/songwriter from New Orleans. His latest CD is “The Moorings.” His previous CDs include “Songs I Wrote Before I Knew You,” and the EP “Dreaming When You Leave.” Duhon has landed a coveted slot on this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He and his trio will perform on May 2 at 12:25 p.m. on the Fai Do-Do Stage.
The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour can be heard every Saturday night at 7 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (90.3 FM Oxford) and online at http://www.mpbonline.org/programs/radio/listen-live/.
More information on upcoming shows 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.