Join us Saturday at 7 p.m. for a special show recorded live at the Gertrude C. Ford Center—to open the sixteenth annual Oxford Film Festival! The guests: authors Sam Lipsyte (Hark) and Snowden Wright (American Pop) and garage-pop band The Medium. Plus: Sharde Thomas and the Rising Stars Fife and Drum Band!
The time: Saturday, February 16, 7 p.m.
Your hosts: Jim Dees and house band the Yalobushwhackers
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Sam Lipsyte is the author of the novel Hark (Simon Schuster), a brilliant social satire of contemporary culture. Hark Morner is an unwitting guru whose technique of “Mental Archery”—a combination of mindfulness, mythology, fake history, yoga, and archery—is set to captivate the masses and raise him to near-messiah status.
Lipsyte is the author of the story collections Venus Drive and The Fun Parts and three previous novels: The Ask, The Subject Steve, and Home Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book.
Snowden Wright is the author of American Pop (Harper Collins), a sweeping novel that follows a family from 1870 to 1980. The book begins in Mississippi with Houghton Forster, a first-generation American who invents Panola Cola, a fizzy drink that makes him rich. Moving from Mississippi to Paris to New York and back again, the book is a saga of family, ambition, passion, and tragedy that brings to life one unforgettable Southern dynasty against the backdrop of more than a century of American cultural history.
A Mississippi native, Snowden’s previous novel was Play Pretty Blues, based on the life of blues musician Robert Johnson.
Sharde Thomas is the granddaughter of the late Otha Turner, a leading practitioner of the North Mississippi fife and drum tradition. She released her debut CD, What Do I Do? at age 20. The New York Times has called Thomas and her band, the Rising Stars Fife and Drum Band, “the last living link to fife and drum music.”
Sharde appears with frequent collaborator Luther Dickinson and the Sisters of the Strawberry Moon on their debut album, Solstice, on March 22 via New West Records. The all-star collaboration features Dickinson and Thomas alongside Amy Helm, Amy LaVere, Birds of Chicago, and the Como Mamas. A seven-city tour will follow.
Formed in 2015 and based in Nashville, The Medium are Shane Perry (guitar/vocals), Sam Silva (bass guitar/vocals), Michael Brudi (guitar/vocals) and Jared Hicks (drums). Their sound is a mix of psychedelic-era Beatles, garage pop and mod rock. The band’s most recent release is the single “Good Ol’ Days.”