VOTE: G&G's Ultimate Barbecue Bracket

32 Southern barbecue joints go head-to-head in our version of NCAA March Madness

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Wonderfully Weird Southern Town Names

By Heather RichieBelow the LineMarch 28, 2015

What do you call a man from Bucksnort, TN? A bucksnorter of course. Some Southern town names are so outrageous they almost seem like jokes, but it turns out there is a story behind each one. Before the Civil War, a man local to present-day Bucksnort sold “snorts” of moonshine for a dollar. Perhaps his name was Buck.

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Spring Agenda: Garden Events for Green-Thumbs

By CJ LotzBelow the LineMarch 25, 2015

For those folks who don’t mind a little dirt under their fingernails, spring means plant sales, seed swaps, garden parties, and—best of all—seeing what’s sprouting. Here are our picks for the season’s best garden goings-on across the South and beyond.

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First Listen: Jessie Baylin’s “Black Blood”

By Jessica MischnerSouthern SoundsMarch 23, 2015

Since her debut album dropped in 2012, Jessie Baylin has been in constant motion. She gave birth to a baby girl, overhauled her family’s Nashville home (which she recently shared with G&G), and generally went about the business of adjusting to a new phase in her life. At times, she questioned whether she’d even make another record at all. Ultimately, though, the songwriter’s need for expression led her back to the recording studio, where she mined a deep well of emotional, real-life inspiration—motherhood, life on the road, the pang of relationships—to create her sophomore album, Dark Place, out April 7. “The first album was about establishing myself as an artist,” Baylin says. “This one is about establishing who I am as a person.”

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Weekend Menu: Steven Satterfield's Spring Onion Pizza

By Jed PortmanGood EatsMarch 20, 2015

Blame Paula Deen. Or heck, let's leave her out of this for once. Blame generations of well-meaning chefs and cooks who have defined Southern cooking with adjectives like battered, fried, buttered, and smothered, rather than the most important one of all: fresh. Steven Satterfield, of Miller Union in Atlanta, isn't the first chef to make the case that our diet is rooted in garden soil. But in his new cookbook, he presents a vegetable-centric cuisine that is as appealing in its restraint as a salt-and-peppered slice of tomato, particularly as we lift our heads from the larded stew pots of cold months past to nibble on new harvests of asparagus, peas, and strawberries. Root to Leaf is divided by season, and the spring chapter contains such uncomplicated creations as this spring onion pizza, made with a wholesome whole wheat dough.

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New Orleans Revives a Historic Marketplace

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineMarch 19, 2015

There are plenty of outlets for great food in New Orleans—raw bars, seafood shacks, produce stands, patisseries, cocktail temples, and coffee shops with strong sustainably sourced brews. On April 10 when the historic St. Roch Market finally reopens for business you’ll find all that—and a whole lot more—in one place.

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Vintage Music Posters from Austin, Texas

By CJ LotzSouthern SoundsMarch 18, 2015

Austin’s music scene is by turns psychedelic, bluesy, hard rocking, and rootsy—and it’s been that way for decades. From the 1960s to the 80s, hand-drawn poster art captured the city's many musical moods. Before the internet, the posters were the main way locals learned what small-town and national touring bands would be performing nearby. A recently released collection, Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982, gathers more than one hundred examples of this vintage advertising art.

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Go Green: Dodie Thayer Lettuce Ware for Tory Burch

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorMarch 17, 2015

Spring 2015 is off to a fresh—and very green—start with the highly anticipated release of the collaboration between designer Tory Burch and legendary Palm Beach ceramicist Dodie Thayer. Thayer, a self-taught artist who began selling her lettuce ware pieces in the 1960s, is one of the most highly collected artisans in America, thanks to patronage from the stylish likes of Brook Astor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and C.Z. Guest.

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Join us at SXSW

By The EditorsSouthern SoundsMarch 17, 2015

In 2013, we made our South by Southwest debut with the first annual Garden & Gun showcase. This year, we’re heading back to Austin to host another all-star lineup in partnership with our friends at Paradigm Nashville. Join us this Thursday night to watch Robert Earl Keen, Gill Landry, Anderson East, and more take the stage (admission is free with a festival band). Not Austin-bound? That’s ok, too. We’re bringing the festival to you with our 2015 SXSW playlist, featuring new music from our headliners.

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The Global South: The Women Behind Dira

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorMarch 16, 2015

Garden & Gun champions Southern artisans and entrepreneurial efforts here in Dixie, but we also look to Southerners who support the ideals of craftsmanship outside the South, too. Which makes sense, considering that our region wouldn’t be the wonderful, exotic melting pot that is today without the influence of cultures from around the world.

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