Music

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

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

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

Morning to Midnight in Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama

If you haven’t seen Montgomery, Alabama, lately, you need to give it a second look—follow these instructions to have your best day in this capital city of the American South

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

Meet Meridian, Mississippi

Meridian, Mississippi

Take a day trip to this Mississippi city to explore its impressive musical heritage and get a glimpse of a million-dollar guitar

Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues

Chattanooga, Tennessee

She was the best. And sang with the best. In part, at least, because she sang those blues from the depths of her soul—about heartache and oppression, poverty and desperation

Presidential Minstrel: Josh White and the Roosevelts

Greenville, South Carolina

With the release of Southern Exposure: An Album of Jim Crow Blues, America’s racial woes got the ear of the White House—and blues musician Josh White got their genuine friendship

Barefoot and Bedraggled: Josh White Beginnings

Greenville, South Carolina

Josh White became the most prominent and prolific black artist of his time, but his musical entrada began under modest circumstances, to say the least

Greener by the Dozen: 12 Months of Celebration in Greenville

Greenville, South Carolina

There’s always something to celebrate in Greenville!

Country Music Rebel Charline Arthur

Henrietta, Texas

She pioneered a musical style a little ahead of its time—edgy, raw, and filled with the blues—pretty much just like the woman who sang it

Acuff for Governor: Country Music and American Politics

Nashville, Tennessee

Country Music usually tries to avoid partisan politics—but not always

Giving Thanks for Guy Clark

Monahans, Texas

Although the musical master that was Guy Clark may no longer be with us, his talent is; it lives on in the lyrics of some of our favorite country tunes, in the down-to-earthiness of his recorded voice, and in the vital spark of his successors

Shane Michael Taylor, Warrior Cowboy

Nashville, Tennessee

Born with cerebral palsy and facing challenges most of us will never understand, singer/songwriter Shane Michael Taylor strapped on the armor of a warrior, the spurs of a cowboy, and jumped on the crazed, bucking horse of life, ready to enjoy the ride

Blue Yodeler: The Life of Jimmie Rodgers

Meridian, Mississippi

The “Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers reached way down deep into the hearts of Americans with his songs about the twists and turns, blessings and curses, of life