Here's your other chance to hear Thacker Mountain Radio Hour's special family homecoming episode recorded April 6, 2017—celebrating Jim Dickinson and Willie Morris!
Time: This Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 7 p.m. on your MPB radio station.
Your hosts: Jim Dees and house band the Yalobushwhackers.
The guests: Mary Lindsay Dickinson, wife of the late musician (and original Yalobushwhacker) Jim Dickinson, featuring Jim's posthumous memoir, I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone. Filmmaker David Rae Morris, son of Mississippi author Willie Morris, celebrating the reissue of Willie’s sports memoir, Always Stand in Against the Curve. Songwriter Lilly Winwood, who's recorded an update of her father Steve Winwood’s "Higher Love."
Mary Lindsay Dickinson was married to producer/musician Jim Dickinson (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones) for 45 years. His posthumous memoir, I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone (University Press of Mississippi), recounts his rock-and-roll life.
From Kirkus Reviews: “He’s ... a world-class storyteller, from the evidence here, a mix of homespun philosophy, hipster poetry, ribald anecdotes, and humanizing reminiscences about pretty much everyone who was anyone in Southern musical circles ....”
In 1985 the Dickinson family moved to Hernando, Mississippi, where they operated a home studio before establishing the Zebra Ranch studio in 1995 near Coldwater. Mary Lindsay worked the business side of the operation, which continues today.
Jim Dickinson, who coined the name Yalobushwhackers, was pianist, co-band leader and real-deal presence extraordinaire on Thacker Mountain Radio Hour from February 2005 until just months before his death on August 15, 2009. He was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012.
Mary Lindsay and Jim are the parents of Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.
David Rae Morris, the son of late Mississippi author Willie Morris, is a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. His father’s sports memoir, Always Stand in Against the Curve, has just been reissued by Yoknapatawpha Press, a southern regional press based in Oxford, Mississippi.
Each of the six autobiographical essays in the book represent chapters of a sporting life. The opening piece, “The Fumble,” is an epic account of a high school football player’s worst nightmare. There’s a college road trip to Notre Dame with Bevo, the University of Texas Longhorn steer. And there's a hilarious account of hitting an inside-the-park home run off Dustin Hoffman in a celerity softball game.
Willie Morris is a former writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi. He lived in Oxford from 1980 to 1990. He died in Jackson on August 2, 1999.
Dave Rae Morris’s photographs have been published in National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, USA Today, and The New York Times, among others. His most recent film projects include documentaries on late musician Duff Dorrough and civil rights pioneer James Meredith, along with Yazoo Revisited, an award-winning examination of school integration in his father’s hometown of Yazoo City, Mississippi. David Rae Morris lives in New Orleans.
Lilly Winwood was born in Nashville and grew up in Gloucestershire, England. She became interested in music at age 9 when her musician father, Grammy-winner Steve Winwood, taught her to play guitar. Now based in Nashville, Lilly has opened shows for her father at such venerable venues as the Beacon Theatre in New York and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. One of her latest singles is a duet with her dad on his classic song “Higher Love.”