‘You Can Have Him Jolene’: Dees, Thacker Mountain Radio bring Chapel Hart to Neshoba County Fair

Published 3:57 pm Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Neshoba County fairgoers were in for a treat Saturday night when Thacker Mountain Radio Hour took the pavilion stage at Founders Square to host their annual Saturday night show.

Thacker Mountain Radio is a weekly live radio show that features author readings and a wide array of musical performances. Saturday’s show included songwriter Charlie Mars, author Harrison Scott Key and, fresh off their standing ovation at NBC’s America’s Got Talent, the country trio Chapel Hart.

The show is hosted by Jim Dees, brother of Vicksburg attorney A.J. “Buddy” Dees, Jr. Thacker is known for showcasing upcoming musicians and authors from across the country, but especially in the South.

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“I do not want to hear anybody talk about overnight success,” Jim Dees said, speaking of Poplarville, Miss. trio Chapel Hart, who within the last week earned the #1 spot on iTunes charts. “These young ladies have worked hard for this moment.”

Chapel Hart’s performance of “You Can Have Him Jolene” on AGT started a whirlwind of success for the trio, which started with earning the coveted golden buzzer at AGT. Since then, they’ve been tweeted at by Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Darius Rucker, and asked to perform at the Grand Ole Opry on Aug. 20.

“You Can Have Him Jolene” is a modern take on Dolly Parton’s hit “Jolene.” The golden-buzzer performance can be viewed on YouTube.

Following Thacker’s hour-long show, Chapel Hart performed a 45-minute after-show set for the crowd of fans. The group tweeted early Sunday morning that “Mississippi made us smile from our souls tonight!!” after wrapping up the show.

Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is broadcast live from Oxford online and on-air every Thursday at 6 p.m. During the summer, the show visits some off-site events live, like the Neshoba County Fair and The Mississippi Festival for the Book.

To listen to the show, listen to Thacker Mountain on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/thackermountain.

About Catherine Hadaway

Catherine Hadaway, as The Vicksburg Post’s publisher, oversees the business operations of the newspaper. She is a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Business and Religion. She is a Director of Boone Newsmedia, Inc., the family company that owns The Post. Catherine comes from a long line of newspaper publishers, starting with her grandfather, Buford Boone, who served as publisher of The Tuscaloosa News and earned journalism's highest honor when he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 for his editorial titled "What a Price for Peace." Catherine is a member of The Rotary Club of Vicksburg, Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg, The Heritage Guild, The Sampler Antique Club and The Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Executive Committee.

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