The House of Eve

Two stories of 1950s motherhood plus good-timey roots music!

On air and online: Friday, Feb. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 26 – The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour continues its 2023 season with a New York Times bestselling novelist and some down-home, good-time roots music!

Author: Sadeqa Johnson – The House of Eve – “Suspenseful and thought-provoking.” – Library Journal

Music: Good time rockers Rocket 88 and Knoxville, TN songwriter Kevin Abernathy

Hosts: Jim Dees and house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Friday, Feb. 24 – 6 am WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.

Saturday, Feb. 25 –3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Sunday, Feb. 26 – 3 pm (ET) WUOT | 91.9 FM, Knoxville

Listen: Thacker Mountain Radio Hour on Spotify



Sadeqa Johnson

Sadeqa Johnson is the author of The House of Eve (Simon and Shuster) which just this week (Feb. 23) debuted at #13 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

The book is also a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick for February.

The novel takes place in 1950s Philadelphia where fifteen-year-old Ruby Pearsall is on track to becoming the first in her family to attend college, in spite of having a mother more interested in keeping a man than raising a daughter. But a taboo love affair threatens to pull her back down into the poverty and desperation that has been passed on to her like a birthright.

“Suspenseful and thought-provoking.” – Library Journal

Johnson is the author of four novels including her previous novel, Yellow Wife which was named by Oprah Magazine as “27 of 2021 Most Anticipated Winter Historical Fiction books.” Yellow Wife was also a 2021 Goodreads Choice Award finalist for historical fiction.


Rocket 88

Rocket 88 is a southern roots-rock, “juke joint gospel” band based in Oxford, MS led by husband and wife, Jamie and Rosey Posey with bassist Nate Robbins.

Formed in 2005, their latest CD is Full Circle.


Kevin Abernathy

Knoxville, TN musician (and one-time heavy metal guitarist) Kevin Abernathy has been hailed as “the best undiscovered singer-songwriter in America.” His 2012 release, Some Stories, drew comparisons to John Prine and Steve Earle. His latest releases include the Whammy Bar Diaries and the EP, Mapping the Strange.