It's a very special Thacker season finale! Recorded at The Lyric Oxford in Oxford, Mississippi.
The authors: Thurber Prize for American Humor winner Harrison Scott Key (Congratulations, Who Are You Again?) and chronicler of the Mississippi Delta Hank Burdine (Dust in the Road)
The musicians: Folk rocker Milton and Delta boogie-woogie pianist/vocalist Eden Brent
The time: Saturday, November 24, at 7 p.m.
Your hosts: Jim Dees and house band the Yalobushwhackers
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Harrison Scott Key’s first book, the memoir The World’s Largest Man, won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. His latest is Congratulations, Who Are You Again? (Harper Perennial). This new memoir is a fun-filled look at pursuing your dreams and what happens if those dreams come true. Key delivers his usual big laughs, but this is also a no-holds-barred look at ambition, whether you want to write books or make music, start a business or start a revolution. This is a book for the dreamers.
Born in Memphis, Key was raised in a rural community near Brandon, MS. He now teaches at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three daughters.
Hank Burdine is the author of Dust in the Road: Recollections of a Delta Boy (Coopwood Publishing), a collection of his columns for Delta Magazine, where he is a contributing editor. The book is an illuminating tour of the Delta that includes hog hunts; river runners; moonshiners; epic cookouts; eccentric characters; and, of course, the Delta’s many blues musicians, writers and artists.
Burdine is a native Mississippi Deltan, noted sportsman and co-author of Panther Tract: Wild Boar Hunting in the Mississippi Delta. He is a contributor to The Delta: Landscapes, Legends, and Legacies of Mississippi’s Most Storied Region.
Burdine lives in Chatham, MS, on “the backside of Lake Washington.”
Eden Brent is an award-winning blues pianist from Greenville, Mississippi, who combines boogie-woogie with elements of blues, jazz, soul, gospel and pop. She records on the independent Yellow Dog Records label, and her CDs include Mississippi Number One, Ain’t Got No Troubles (recorded in New Orleans) and her latest, Jigsaw Heart, which was recorded in Nashville. Brent is a three-time Blues Award winner who toured and played with former Motown session musician Abie “Boogaloo” Ames, who helped her hone her unique piano style.
Her upcoming Christmas album, An Eden Brent Christmas, is available Dec. 1. Preview here: https://edenbrent.bandcamp.com/album/an-eden-brent-christmas-with-bob-dowell.
Marc Rosenthal, aka Milton, is a “songwriter’s songwriter,” known for his lyric craft, distinctive voice and soulful songs steeped in classic rhythm & blues, pop, jazz, folk and country. Milton first gained notoriety for his single “In The City.” His CDs include Milton and The Lady at the Bottom of the Hill. Milton is currently on tour with roots music legends Dave Alvin and Jimmy Dale Gilmore.