Tennessee

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

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

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

Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues

Chattanooga, Tennessee

She was the best. And sang with the best. In part, at least, because she sang those blues from the depths of her soul—about heartache and oppression, poverty and desperation

Rivers Wild: Southern Whitewater

Ducktown, TN; Bryson City, NC; Wetumpka, AL; Reliance, TN

Beat summer’s heat with a paddle down some of the Southeast’s best whitewater

Garden in the City: Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee

Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, has been recognized for its beauty since 1925, but the school’s history began long before its relationship with the birthplace of rock and roll

A Southern Voice in Harlem: Arna Bontemps

Alexandria, Louisiana

One of the rising voices of the Harlem Renaissance, Arna Bontemps was not only influenced by the movement but helped define the new black culture spreading across America

Step Aside, Boys: The Story of Hattie Caraway

Jonesboro, Arkansas

The first woman elected to the United States Senate, this outspoken Southern girl wasn’t such a “Silent Hattie” after all

100 Years and Counting: Historic Restaurants of the South (Part 2)

Cumberland, MD; New Orleans, LA; Tampa, FL; Bessemer, AL; Nashville, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; Galveston, TX

In a culture where the vast majority of new restaurant ventures won’t make it to their first anniversary, these Southern-rooted venues have made it to their centennials at the very least

A Good Ol’ Southern Gentleman’s Breakfast

Nashville, Tennessee

There’s just nothing like a Southern-hearty breakfast to wake you up and get the day in perspective—and it’s easier than you think

Acuff for Governor: Country Music and American Politics

Nashville, Tennessee

Country Music usually tries to avoid partisan politics—but not always

Giving Thanks for Guy Clark

Monahans, Texas

Although the musical master that was Guy Clark may no longer be with us, his talent is; it lives on in the lyrics of some of our favorite country tunes, in the down-to-earthiness of his recorded voice, and in the vital spark of his successors

Shane Michael Taylor, Warrior Cowboy

Nashville, Tennessee

Born with cerebral palsy and facing challenges most of us will never understand, singer/songwriter Shane Michael Taylor strapped on the armor of a warrior, the spurs of a cowboy, and jumped on the crazed, bucking horse of life, ready to enjoy the ride

Move Over, Colonel: The Best Fried Chicken in the South

Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Mason, TN; New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA

No, Colonel, you didn’t make our list, but we sincerely hope you would approve of our roundup of some of the best fried chicken in the South

Seersucker and Sweet Tea: The Most Beautiful College Campuses in the South (Part 3)

Mt. Berry, GA; Lakeland, FL; Nashville, TN; Dallas, TX; Sweet Briar, VA

Few can argue that the Southern college is a sight for sore eyes, but unquestionably their beauty goes a bit deeper than mere aesthetics

Mascots of the SEC: Part Four

Knoxville, Tennessee; College Station, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee

Mascots are at the heart of many revered, time-honored traditions, and nowhere in college football does loyalty run as deep as in the Southeastern Conference

Mountain Magic: Fireflies in the Smokies

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Enjoy fireflies and other options for summer fun in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee