Thacker Mountain returns to the Delta
by Courtney Warren
Feb 27, 2014 | 1251 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thacker Mountain Radio is coming to the Delta on Saturday and Mississippi author Charlaine Harris and songwriter Dan Tyler will be in attendance.

Thacker Mountain Radio will be at Delta State on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Delta Music Institute Studio A.

"I've been a fan of Thacker Mountain since the early years of its broadcast. When the DMI had its Grand Opening in 2009, the invitation was extended to Thacker to hold its first remote broadcast on the DSU campus to bring attention to our entertainment industry program. We knew the program would be re-broadcast statewide and that it would be a 'win-win' for Thacker, Delta State, and the entire community," said Tricia Walker, DMI director.

According to their website, Thacker Mountain Radio is a live radio show featuring weekly author readings and a wide array of musical performances from the Square in Oxford.

The free show is taped and broadcast every Thursday at 6 p.m. during the fall and spring and rebroadcast every Saturday night on Mississippi Public Radio.

Through this event the DMI will be raising funds for the Duff Dorrough Scholarship Fund, which is a fund created in memory of longtime Thacker Mountain bandleader and Delta music legend, Duff Dorrough of Ruleville.

A portion of these funds will also be used to continue to repair the damage created by a major flood in the Whitfield Building and DMI equipment during the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday break.

Last year the DMI had a fundraising goal of $50,000 and came very close to meeting that goal.

Some of the major costs for the DMI are student scholarships, travel, equipment, special programming, and guest lectures or artists.

Through this event Walker said she hopes to entertain a full house and increase the Friends of DMI membership.

"Friends of DMI is a group of great folks who help support our entertainment industry program through their donations, connections, promotion, and encouragement...we couldn't do this without them," said Walker.

The DMI is looking for more people to become Friends of the DMI who make tax-deductible contributions to go towards student scholarships and recording program needs.

Friends of the DMI have five giving levels which are, groupie $50, fan club $100, backstage pass $250, all access $500, and rock star $1000.

Walker explained the benefits of being a Friend of the DMI by saying, "For the Thacker show, Friends of DMI have reserved seats at the show, receive a limited edition of the show's poster, and best of all, gain the knowledge that they are helping young talented students follow their dreams at one of the most unique entertainment industry and recording arts programs at one of the best small universities in the country."

This year's featured author is Charlaine Harris, a New York Times bestselling author and author of "The Sookie Stackhouse" series, which inspired the HBO show "True Blood."

Harris has been writing for 30 years and was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area.

Harris will also be participating in the Mississippi Writers Panel on Friday at DSU.

The featured musical guest this year is Dan Tyler, a McComb native.

According to a press release by DSU, Tyler moved to Nashville where success came quickly with a No. 2 hit by Eddie Rabbitt called “Hearts on Fire,” and a major hit, “Bobbie Sue,” by the Oak Ridge Boys, while he was still practicing law.

He left the law profession to establish Intuit Music Group, a music publishing company that is still active today. His co-write with Kix Brooks, “Modern Day Romance,” was a No. 1 hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and he has written numerous other hits for LeAnn Rimes, Kenny Rogers, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and SKO.

Tyler has also published a novel, “Music City Confidential,” an insider’s fictional take on the colorful country music industry.

For more information about this event or the Delta Music Institute visit dmi.deltastate.edu.