Thacker Mountain Radio, the Oxford-based music and literature program, returns to Delta State University this Saturday, March 31 from 3-4 pm as part of the Delta Music Institute’s (DMI) anniversary celebration.
The show will be held in Studio A of the historic Whitfield Building on the Delta State campus. Guests will include Grammy-winning bluegrass musician Carl Jackson and author/screenwriter Chris Offutt (True Blood, Weeds, Treme). Student band, DeltaRoX, will also perform, as well as singer/songwriter Tricia Walker. The Thacker Mountain house band, the Yalobushwhackers, will entertain, led by guitarist Jerry “Duff” Dorrough of Ruleville. The show’s host is Oxford writer, Jim Dees. Saturday’s program will be recorded for a later air date on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Admission is free and reserved seats are available for Friends of DMI. For more information call (662) 846-4579 or visit dmi.deltastate.edu.
Carl Jackson is a native of Louisville, Miss. who worked as a banjo player in superstar Glen Campbell’s band for twelve years. As a songwriter, a recent poll found Jackson to have written eight of the top 200 bluegrass songs of all time. In all, Jackson’s songs, including “There’s No Future in the Past,” have sales in excess of 40 million units. In 2003, he produced Livin’, Lovin’, Losin – Songs of The Louvin Brothers (Universal South) which won the GRAMMY™ award for Country Album of the Year. Last year Jackson produced Mark Twain: Words & Music (Mailboat Records), a 2-CD set that tells the life story of the great Samuel Clemens and contains musical performances by Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs among others, as well as narration by Garrison Keillor, and Jimmy Buffet (as the voice of Huck Finn) and Clint Eastwood as Mark Twain. Last December, Mississippi honored Jackson with an official Country Music Trail Marker in his hometown of Louisville, and last month he was awarded the 2012 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts by the Mississippi Arts Commission.
Chris Offutt is the author of the memoirs, The Same River Twice and No Heroes; the story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods and the novel, The Good Brother. He has also written for the television series True Blood, Weeds and Treme`. The late Mississippi novelist, Larry Brown, took note of the Appalachian setting and rural characters of Offutt’s writing and said, “I believe Mr. Offutt knows the same world I do, and his talent for writing about it shines on every page.” Offutt’s work has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Whiting Foundation. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Offutt now teaches writing at the University of Mississippi.
The Delta Music Institute is a music industry studies program in the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, business, and creative areas of the music industry.