Nick House

Nick House is a freelance writer and blogger. After braving four years of brutal Chicago winters, he has returned to his native Arkansas and isn't missing the cold one bit. Follow him on Twitter (@realnickhouse) and check out his blog (firstfoolosophy.wordpress.com).

4 Guitarists Who Changed Southern Music (Part 2): Scotty Moore

Gadsden, Tennessee

Not just Southern music—Scotty Moore’s guitar in the shadow of Elvis changed the future of rock and roll, and the world of music has never been the same

7-Song History of the Fiddle in the South

The South has a unique claim to the fiddle and its ever-evolving contributions, and here are 7 songs to prove it

4 Guitarists Who Changed Southern Music (Part 4): Peter Buck

Athens, Georgia

From a small Georgia college town rose the alternative-rock, indie-band revolution, R.E.M. and its jangling guitar leading the way

4 Guitarists Who Changed Southern Music (Part 3): Stevie Ray Vaughan

Dallas, Texas

Although cut short by tragedy, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s phenomenal career had a profound and lasting effect on America’s musical landscape

4 Guitarists Who Changed Southern Music (Part 1): Chet Atkins

Luttrell, Tennessee

If Chet Atkins’ only accomplishment had been creating the Nashville Sound, he would still have changed the course of music

Paddle Faster: A History of the Banjo

Despite its stereotype as a “hillbilly” instrument, the banjo’s history extends far beyond country music

Growing Up in the Country: William Kemp, Jr. (as told to Nick House)

Texarkana, Arkansas

There are few things better than a “growin’-up” story straight out of the mouth of one generation and into the ear of another

From Redneck Rebels to Hometown Heroes: Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Charlie Daniels Band (Part One)

Jacksonville, Florida

Two of the South’s best-remembered groups started out as long-haired rock-and-roll rebels, and ended up as Southern icons.

From Redneck Rebels to Hometown Heroes: Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Charlie Daniels Band (Part Two)

Nashville, Tennessee

Two of the South’s best-remembered groups started out as long-haired rock-and-roll rebels, and ended up as Southern icons.

The Mandolin: Southern Music’s Adopted Son

Rosine, Kentucky

The Italian instrument has found a home in the South

Brooke Waggoner: Home Is Where Her Heart Is

Nashville, Tennessee

For up-and-coming Nashville artist Brooke Waggoner, there really is no place like home