Music

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

Steal Away to The Shoals

Florence, Tuscumbia, Muscle Shoals, and Sheffield, Alabama

There is more to The Shoals than their world-famous music recordings—the whole area is a wellspring of uniquely Alabama art and culture

From Athenian Ashes: Georgia Theatre Reborn

Athens, Georgia

When this century-old iconic music destination went up in smoke in 2009, restoration was hopelessly out of reach—until the magic of love and music turned it all around

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

4 Guitarists Who Changed Southern Music (Part 4): Peter Buck

Athens, Georgia

From a small Georgia college town rose the alternative-rock, indie-band revolution, R.E.M. and its jangling guitar leading the way

4 Guitarists Who Changed Southern Music (Part 3): Stevie Ray Vaughan

Dallas, Texas

Although cut short by tragedy, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s phenomenal career had a profound and lasting effect on America’s musical landscape

Jesse McReynolds, In Part (Part 2)

Coeburn, Virginia

From barn shows to the Grand Ole Opry, Jesse McReynolds has given the music world his same humble yet brilliant style over and over again for three quarters of a century

Down in the Delta: Greenwood, Mississippi

Greenwood, Mississippi

Take a day or two to discover this charming Delta town

Jesse McReynolds: In Part (Part 1)

Coeburn, Virginia

These 87-year-old Appalachian-born fingers still know how to burn up the strings on a mandolin—and like nobody’s business