This week, True Detective meets The Exorcist. Plus: Southern soul from The Red Clay Strays and ... ukuleles! Recorded live at The Lyric Oxford in Oxford, Mississippi.
The guests: Author (and former Oxford resident) Jimmy Cajoleas, with musical guests The Red Clay Strays and the Memphis Ukulele Band
The time: Saturday, January 12, 7 p.m. on your MPB radio station or online
Your hosts: Jim Dees and house band the Yalobushwhackers
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Jimmy Cajoleas is the author of The Good Demon (Amulet Books), a young adult mystery novel described as “True Detective meets The Exorcist.”
Young Clare has been miserable since her exorcism. The preacher that rid her of evil didn’t understand that her demon—simply known as Her—was like a sister to Clare. Clare goes on an adventure through the dark underbelly of her small Southern town in search of Her and discovers deep-seated occult roots.
Cajoleas grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and earned his MFA from the University of Mississippi. He now lives in Brooklyn.
The Red Clay Strays are Brandon Coleman (lead vocals, guitar), Drew Nix (back vocals, rhythm guitar), Zach Rischel (lead guitar), Andrew Bishop (bass) and John Hall (drums). The Mobile, Alabama, based band delivers solid, highly energized performances mixing Southern rock, blues, country and soul with a hint of gospel.
Their current release is an EP, Admiral Bean Sessions. The band has a full-length release forthcoming from Skate Mountain Records.
A uke-crazed five-piece, the Memphis Ukulele Band applies their uke love to Memphis-flavored covers including “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Blue Bayou,” “Every Day I Have to Cry Some,” Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie,” and more. The band has captured their “ukulele soul” sound on their self-titled debut album now available on Blue Barrel Records.