Music

Up from the Mississippi Mud: Friars Point and the Delta Blues

Friars Point, Mississippi

Friars Point still stands as testament to the good things that can rise from hard times

12 Days in Bristol

Bristol, Tennessee

Johnny Cash on the Bristol Sessions: “the single most important event in the history of country music”

Mule Tales and Nightingales: How America Got Some of Her Biggest Laughs

Nacogdoches, Texas

Three brothers, one mule, and a Texas-sized sense of humor is all it took to add up to one of America’s funniest acts

Bluegrass & BBQ in Branson: A Silver Dollar City Tradition

Branson, Missouri

Want a fun-filled bluegrass enlightenment with world-class BBQ on the side? Head on over to Silver Dollar City for the 12th Annual 2017 Bluegrass and BBQ Festival.

The Life of Hank Williams: Tragedy and Legend

Montgomery, Alabama

Hank Williams not only sang country songs, but he lived the pains and joys of country music

7 Absolutely-Must-See-N-Do in Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

Dig into the culture and cuisine waiting in Memphis, Tennessee, “land of the Delta blues”

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

Charlottesville, 1991: Dave Matthews Band’s Origin Story

Charlottesville, Virginia

Today Dave Matthews Band is one of the most iconic and recognizable bands of the ’90’s. But not so long ago, Dave Matthews was just the name of a bartender with a demo in one of our musical Southern cities.

From Athens to Zephyr: All the Greek-Named Cities of the South (Part Two)

Sparta, GA; Sparta, KY; Sparta, MS; Sparta, TN; Sparta, VA; Sparta, NC; Spartanburg, SC

Seven Spartas dot the South, and each one has its own story of that indomitable spartan spirit

The Music That Makes It to Mountain Stage

Charleston, West Virginia

They come in all shapes and sizes and flavors, but the musicians that appear on Charleston’s Mountain Stage have at least two things in common: a great time and a lot of talent

A Feast for the Senses: Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

It’s no secret that West Virginia is a feast for the senses, but we like to think that the state’s capital is especially so

The Fourteenth Colony: Celebrating Vandalia

Charleston, West Virginia

Vandalia may never have actually become a colony, but that doesn’t stop these toe-tapping West Virginians from celebrating it anyway

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

Little Miss Dynamite: Brenda Lee at the Top of the Charts

Springfield, Missouri

At ten she had the voice of a twenty-something-year-old country rock superstar—and she used it to become just that

Christmas in Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

At no other time does Frederick’s hospitality shine as it does during the holiday season—so here are five ways Frederick shines brightly at Christmas

3 Ways to Fall for Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

Come soak up the splendor of the season in Frederick, Maryland

5 of the Best: Athens Artists and a New Kind of Classic

Athens, Georgia

Sure, the dirt down here at Athens grows other good stuff too, but the creative music scene seems to have the perennial-overabundant-crop factor pretty darn well covered