Legendary Bobby Rush plus songwriter Kaleb Garrett!

Bluesman Bobby Rush turns author with his memoir, I Ain't Studdin' Ya! Tales from a near-century of showmanship!

Live from the Old Armory Pavilion (corner of Bramlett Blvd and University Ave) October 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour continues our fall 2021 season this Thursday, October 21 at 6:00 pm at the Old Armory Pavilion. (Corner of Bramlett Blvd. and University Avenue).

We are thrilled to feature veteran blues star, Bobby Rush, who has recently published his memoir of 70 years in show business, I Ain’t Studdin’ Ya. Bobby will discuss his book and play an intimate musical set.

We’ll also welcome back songwriter, Kaleb Garrett.

FREE Admission! Lawn chairs and picnics encouraged!

5:30 pm – Happy Half-Hour – Signature Cocktail by Party Waitin’ To Happen and Cathead Distillery!

6:00 pm – Showtime!

Bring friends and family. Health protocols will be observed including spaced seating and masks when needed. Come early for a cocktail!  We’re asking our audience to please space their seating and keep the health of everyone in mind.

Author and music: Bobby RushI Ain’t Studdin’ Ya – My American Blues Story

Music: Singer-songwriter Kaleb Garrett 

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Thursday, October 21 – 6:00 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Saturday, Oct 30 – 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Thursdays 6 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Fridays 9 am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio



Bobby Rush

2021 has been a banner year for 87-years-young, Bobby Rush. He won his second Grammy for Best Traditional Blues for his album, Rawer Than Raw. He also published his memoir, I Ain’t Studdin’ Ya – My American Blues Story (Hachette Books).

Rush won his first Grammy in 2017 for Best Traditional Blues Album for Porcupine Meat, produced by Scott Billington. His next album, Sitting on Top of the Blues, received a Grammy nomination bringing a total of four for Rush, along with his 51 Blues Music Award nominations and 13 wins. Rush ended 2020 with a cameo role in the Golden Globe-nominated Eddie Murphy film hit, Dolemite Is My Name.

In 2015, Omnivore Recordings released the 4-CD, 74-song box set, Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush, which earned a Blues Music Award for Best Historical Release.

Long considered one of the blues’ preeminent raconteurs, Rush has always placed a premium on stories in his music. In the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, his risqué, humor-filled chitlin’ circuit shows often featured long, drawn-out narratives of romantic misadventures.

In recent years, Rush has been on tour with an acoustic show, Bobby Rush: An Intimate Evening of Stories and Songs.


Kaleb Garrett

Kaleb Garrett is a singer/songwriter originally from Hiawassee, GA, (near the Georgia-North Carolina state line) now based in Nashville.

Garrett’s style draws on his wide range of musical influences growing up, from Fleetwood Mac to The Beatles to Bill Monroe to the Allman Brothers..

Kaleb’s latest release is a 4 song EP, Kaleb Garrett, with respected Nashville producer Larry Rogers. An eclectic fusion of folk, blues, and country, the EP reflects Kaleb’s minimalistic, yet profound writing style, particularly when it comes to love and heartache.

The late Jim Weatherly said of Garrett, “He is to country what Ed Sheeran is to pop-rock”.