Music

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

Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues

Columbus, Georgia

Defying the odds, Ma Rainey laid a foundation for all the blues-singing women who followed in her wide wake

7 Top To-Do’s in Ravishing Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is certainly one of the most picturesque whistle-stops in the South, but, more than just a pretty face, this little city has the eats, arts, and brews to woo even the most stalwart sightseer

By Dawn’s Early Light: A Visit to God’s Acre

Bethania, North Carolina

Discover the magic of an eeaaarly morning Moravian Easter service in the Winston-Salem of a half-century ago

Charleston, South Carolina: The Enduring Charm of the Gem of the Colonies

Charleston, South Carolina

It’s tempting to say Charleston has come a long way since its humble beginnings, but the truth is it’s exactly where its founders planned for it to be all along

Patsy Cline and Country Music’s Saddest Day

Winchester, Virginia

Over 50 years after her tragic death on March 5, 1963, Patsy Cline remains one of the greatest female singers of all time

Carolina Love Songs

North Carolina & South Carolina

Peppered among Billboard tunes about big cities and bustling sidewalks, you’ll find countless heartfelt odes to the beautiful lands of Caroline

Paddle Faster: A History of the Banjo

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

What the South Taught This Yankee

If he or she travels enough or lives long enough in the South, even a Yankee can start to catch on to some of the, ahem, particularities of Southern living

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

The Story of Country Music in Tennessee

Bristol, Nashville, and Memphis, Tennessee

With ancestry as deep as Scotland’s dales, today’s international country music scene was bred and born in Tennessee

Christmas Time’s A-Comin’: Bluegrass Music’s Greatest Christmas Song

Coahoma, Texas

Memories of Christmas back home in Texas inspired a research scientist in New England to write a bluegrass hit