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First Listen: Brandi Carlile's "Murder in the City"

By Jessica MischnerSouthern SoundsFebruary 27, 2015

Straddling the line between country soul, gospel, and stadium rock, Brandi Carlile, is the kind of singer who doesn’t need amplification. Her clarion voice carries effortlessly—so much so, in fact, that on last fall's American “Pin Drop” tour, she decided to go completely unplugged: no amps, no mics. Accompanied by the tight harmonies of Tim and Phil Hanseroth—known as “The Twins”—Carlile played a mix of old and new songs, including a cover of the Avett Brothers’ “Murder in the City,” which became the unofficial anthem of the tour.

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The Master Gardener's Sketchbook

By CJ LotzBelow the LineFebruary 27, 2015

There’s this thing gardeners do. It’s a hopeful thing we do to make it through the winter. When temperatures drop and there’s little green to be seen, we outline our spring garden plots on paper while we thumb through seed catalogues. Because we crave color, freshness, growth.

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Gravy Podcast: The History of Derby Pie

By Jed PortmanSouthern SoundsFebruary 26, 2015

Ever tried Derby pie? To many Southerners the recipe for the gooey, bourbon-soaked dessert practically belongs to everyone. Alan Rupp would disagree. His grandparents Walter and Leaudra Kern created the recipe about sixty-five years ago, for the dessert menu at the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky. “If you wanted to get a hold of Derby Pie, you called Walter Kern’s name in the old phone directory,” he says.

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How to Make Chicken Mull

By Jed PortmanGood EatsFebruary 24, 2015

“I’ve been eating chicken mull from the time I could eat anything,” says Charlotte Griffin, the mayor of Bear Grass, North Carolina. In Martin County, people credit her grandfather with the simple porridge, thickened with crackers and seasoned with salt, pepper, and chile flakes.

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Mod Potters: The Next Generation of Southern Ceramics

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorFebruary 23, 2015

The South has long been home to celebrated ceramic artisans, from the late Mississippi legend Peter Anderson to North Carolina pottery star Matt Jones.

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