This Saturday, we welcome debut novelist Rachel Khong (Goodbye, Vitamin), Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker, and Mississippi gospel group the Love Sisters.
The time: Saturday, September 8, 7 p.m. Central on your MPB radio station or online
Your hosts: Jim Dees and house band the Yalobushwhackers
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Rachel Khong’s debut novel, Goodbye, Vitamin (Henry Holt), is a humorous and tender meditation about a young woman who returns home after a broken engagement to find her father suffering from Alzhemier’s. From NPR’s review:
Khong’s endearingly quirky novel, which takes the form of Ruth’s diary of her transitional year, is filled with whimsical observations, oddball facts, and yes, even some romance. The title comes from Ruth’s mother’s new faith in vitamins, and her father’s habit of bidding them adieu before tossing them down the hatch.
Khong’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Short Fiction, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Believer, among others. She lives in San Francisco.
Australian singer/songwriter Emily Barker’s album Sweet Kind of Blue (Everyone Sang) was recorded in Memphis at Sam Phillips Recording Service. The disc was produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell) using the cream of Memphis “sessionerati,” Rick Steff, Dave Smith, Dave Cousar and Steve Potts. Mojo magazine called it "country-soul with luminous warmth."
The Love Sisters
The Love Sisters are gospel singers who were born in Oxford, MS, to Dorothy and William Love. The sisters began singing at their home church in Lafayette County—the Harrisonville M.B. church. They have performed at church functions and gospel events in the North Mississippi region for over 20 years. The group will soon be going into the studio to record their first CD.