It was inevitable for Oxford to be art-influenced since it was the middle point between two of the most fundamental music cities in America – Memphis and Tupelo. Oxford has produced some of the most creative writers and artists, such as William Faulkner, John Grisham and the North Mississippi Allstars.
In the 1950s, Oxford was central to two types of emerging music – Memphis blues and rock-and-roll. Due to the rise in Elvis Presley’s popularity and Memphis blues, Oxford was destined to be a hot spot for artistic opportunity.
Today, the town celebrates artists by having organizations like Thacker Mountain Radio featured on the Square in downtown Oxford. Thacker Mountain Radio hosts musicians and one author each Thursday night during the fall and spring to celebrate diverse art in the South. The live radio broadcast brings musicians and authors from all over the country to Oxford.
You can feel the energy shift when radio host, Jim Dees, opens the show and tells everyone to grab their seats.
It’s artists like Gary Burnside, of Lafayette County, who make Thacker Mountain Radio worth coming to each week. The music makes listeners want to return.
– Merrill Robins