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Thacker Mountain Radio takes Mary C. stage Saturday

Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram is a young blues guitarist and singer.
Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram is a young blues guitarist and singer.

Ocean Springs blues and Americana music plus a local writer with a national reputation will take the stage Saturday evening as Thacker Mountain Radio returns to the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs.

Thacker Mountain’s 2016 show at the Mary C. will be at 7 p.m. Saturday and it will feature Sugarcane Jane, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and screenwriter David Sheffield, a Biloxi native.

Tickets are reserved seating at $15 and available through themaryc.org; click on the tickets area and look for the Thacker Mountain Radio performance.

Ingram, a young blues guitarist and singer, was exposed to the rich gospel music emanating from his family’s church. He also heard the blues, played by musicians in his Delta neighborhood.

The Clarksdale native first learned to play the drums at age 6, then the bass guitar at 9. When he was 11, Ingram took up lead guitar, and by age 14, he had mastered all three instruments.

He learned blues at the Delta Blues Museum under the tutelage of Daddy Rich and Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry. Ingram is a cousin of legendary country music singer Charlie Pride and has shared the stage with such names as Bob Margolin, Eric Gales, Rick Derringer, Guitar Shorty and Buddy Guy.

Sugarcane Jane — Anthony Crawford and his wife, Savana Lee — have amassed a loyal following by performing what they like to call organic music at its finest. Crawford is a songwriter who plays guitar and mandolin while Lee alternates between rhythm guitar, tambourine and snare drum. The Americana group is from Mobile.

Sheffield was living in Ocean Springs in 1980 when he was hired to write for “Saturday Night Live.” His co-writing credits include such classic sketches as Eddie Murphy as James Brown and Buckwheat, and Bill Murray’s lounge singer.

Screen credits include “Coming to America,” “The Nutty Professor” and “The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.”

Sheffield and his wife live in Ovett, where he writes and enjoys fly-fishing and his horses.

Thacker Mountain Radio began in 1997 and is a live radio show usually performed on the Square in Oxford at 6 p.m. every Thursday during the fall and spring. It is rebroadcast Saturday nights on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. The show features musical performances and readings by authors. Three to four of the shows are presented and broadcast on the road each year.

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