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

Southern State Songs That Stick in Your Head

Oklahoma, Georgia, West Virginia, and Kentucky

If every state had a Ray Charles song or a James Taylor tune, there wouldn’t be a soul to forget it

Chattanooga and Her Choo Choo

Chattanooga, Tennessee

From first north-south train to first gold record to luxury hotel, the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” has a bigger story than it tells at first listen

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

The Coleman Theatre Beautiful: A Wonder Then and Now

Miami, Oklahoma

One man’s gift to the little Route-66 town of Miami, Oklahoma, has been one of the state’s biggest attractions for nearly a century

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”