UP ON THACKER MOUNTAIN PB returned to Thacker Mountain Radio in Oxford Square recently to preview the upcoming album with the WPA Ballclub coming in 2020. Visit the Thacker Mountain website to find out how to tune in. You can also stream PB's 2016 visit to the Lyric Theater in Oxford during the Meridian Rising tour. Thanks to everyone on the staff for their hospitality and to the ghost of William Faulkner for the postcard sent from home in 1978. Camp is great. The bugs are awful.
BEACH BLANKET BURCH Shake out your beach blanket and get your tickets for the 2020 30A Songwriter's Festival featuring PB and living legend Fats Kaplin with pals John Prine, Brian Wilson, Tanya Tucker, the dbs, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Birds of Chicago, Robyn Hitchcock, and many more. Visit the website for details.
LOVING JIM RIDLEY Don't miss People Only Die of Love in Movies, the collected film writing of Jim Ridley. Jim's passing in 2016 left the Nashville community he championed heartbroken and his essay on Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg sums up our feelings of gratitude to have known his friendship."When I watch it now, it reminds me of the doorjamb in my grandmother’s house with my height marked in pencil over the years, or the dresser with my own children’s measurements notched along the edge. In it I see the person I was and the person I turned out to be, but the object itself will always be the same. It will wait, forever."
MISS THE MISSISSIPPI AND YOU Ken Burns' Country Music documentary is showing on NPT Passport. If you've missed it, put down the phone, get some chicken & dumplings, and gander at Episode 1 featuring the Carter Family and the Blue Yodeler, Jimmie Rodgers. Until a major JR documentary comes along, this will serve as the best introduction to the strange and miraculous tale of the vagabond turned proto rock star who set a new course for American music.
Don't miss PB & WPAs Meridian Rising which imagines the life of Jimmie Rodgers and features a galaxy of legends from Nashville and beyond including Billy Bragg, Jon Langford, Richard Bennett, Fats Kaplin, Tim O'Brien, William Tyler, and Garry Tallent of the E Street Band. Stream it at Rolling Stone, read the NPR feature, and visit our tent shows below where all is revealed.
WXNA WORK PROGRESS RADIO HOUR
Tune in to PB's Works Progress Radio Hour on WXNA Wednesdays from 12-1pm (CST) streaming live on wxnafm.org and in Nashville at 101.5 FM featuring new, classic, and undiscovered music from around the world as well as revealing interviews from guests like film director Amir Bar-Lev (Long Strange Trip), New York art ensemble Landlady, photographer Jim Herrington, Billy Bragg, WPABs Fats Kaplin, and bassist and E Street Band co-founder, Garry Tallent. Check out the playlists and read more about WXNA here.