Music

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part Three

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; Itawamba County, Mississippi; Birmingham, Alabama

Rebels, musical visionaries, but still country girls at heart, the women who built country music took their own paths to success

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part Two

Butcher Hollow, KY; Winchester, VA; McMinnville, TN

These country music icons paved the way with each teardrop and heartbreak they sang

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part One

Hot Springs, AR; Scott County, VA; Nashville, TN

More than pretty faces and sweet Southern voices, these influential guitarists and hardworking performers showed the world of country music that women musicians could hold their own

Social Aid and Brass Parades: The Ever-Evolving Traditions of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

The joyous, raucous, and colorful sounds of the second line parade are still on the move with a fascinating history and a hopeful future for the Crescent City

Beyond Mardi Gras: Festivals in New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Don’t wait for Mardi Gras to roll around once a year; there’s plenty of festival fun in New Orleans year-round

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