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First Listen: Andrew Combs' "Nothing to Lose"

By The EditorsSouthern SoundsJanuary 20, 2015

Nashville, Tennessee, has long been home to talented singers and songwriters, so naturally musician Andrew Combs fits right in. The Texas native's sophomore album All These Dreams will be released March 3, but you can have a listen to the track “Nothing to Lose” now exclusively here. 

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First Listen: Blackberry Smoke's "Too High"

By The EditorsSouthern SoundsJanuary 13, 2015

Although the Allman Brothers Band played their last live show back in October, another hardworking band from Georgia continues to keep the Rambin'-Man traditions of Southern rock alive. Atlanta's Blackberry Smoke have played more than 250 shows a year since their inception back in 2000 cultivating a fiercely loyal fanbase along the way, including fellow musicians George Jones—who guested on the band's second album—Zac Brown, and Gregg Allman himself. The quintet's fourth studio album, Holding All the Roses comes out February 10, but you can hear the song "Too High"exclusively on G&G now. 

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First Listen: JJ Grey & Mofro’s "Every Minute"

By The EditorsSouthern SoundsJanuary 12, 2015

With roots in Southern rock, blues, funk, and soul, the music of Jacksonville, Florida–based JJ Grey and Mofro defies categorization. The band's ninth album, Ol’ Glory, is out in February, but you can have an exclusive first listen of the track "Every Minute" now. Like most of the set, this song is an upbeat anthem—which is easy to understand considering the inspiration for this song came to Grey on a trip to Jamaica. “I had an epiphany," Grey says, "I was eating my favorite breakfast—ackee and salt fish—and was real warm but the sea breeze had just started out of the east. There was music playing somewhere in the distance and all at once I realized that I was the luckiest person alive (no matter how many times I might have tried to convince myself otherwise). Then I started humming this tune." 

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Eudora Welty's Christmas Eggnog

By Emily WallaceGood EatsDecember 19, 2014

“I haven’t given a thought to Christmas,” Eudora Welty wrote to her agent Diarmuid Russell in 1947, “except where to get a little whiskey for the eggnog. Better stir the brain.” Nevermind a casserole: Welty’s signature offering was a strong pitcher of nog. “We could always depend on that,” says her niece, Mary Alice White. “Eudora always brought it.”

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Inside the Tracker’s Pack

By CJ LotzBelow the LineDecember 19, 2014

These days, Dwight McCarter, "The Tracker” we featured in our December/January 2015 issue, enjoys hiking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for pleasure. He covers between four and twenty-six miles each week in his trusty Chippewa boots.

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Southern Classic: Daube Glacé

By Jed PortmanGood EatsDecember 18, 2014

While country ham and salami are hardly foreign to New Orleans these days, they were rarities in the along the Gulf Coast two centuries ago. “We can’t hang meats outside here. They rot,” says Isaac Toups, who runs the kitchen at Toups’ Meatery. In the years before the advent of refrigeration, locals had to find other ways to keep the pantry stocked.

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Gravy Podcast: The Fight for Water and Oysters

By Jed PortmanSouthern SoundsDecember 18, 2014

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for a new episode of Gravy , a podcast from the Southern Foodways Alliance's. This week, producer Tina Antolini navigates the troubled waters of the Florida panhandle where a storied local industry is in big trouble. 

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A Southern Stationery Wardrobe

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorDecember 16, 2014

Southerners know that sending a thoughtful letter, an appreciative thank you note, or quick message of support or encouragement is often one of the best gifts you can give—any time of year. 

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Holiday in the Sun

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineDecember 15, 2014

It’s okay to admit that sometimes you need a holiday from the holidays. So this year, after the gifts are unwrapped, the stockings emptied, the bar cleaned out, and your extended family is back on the road, why not treat yourself to a little warm weather R&R? Stock up on extra vitamin D—after all, a repeat of last year’s snowpocalypse isn’t out of the question—at one of these three new or newly renovated island retreats.   

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Gravy Podcast: Separation of Church and Coffee

By Jed PortmanSouthern SoundsDecember 4, 2014

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for a new podcast from the Southern Foodways Alliance. The Oxford, Mississippi–based organization launched Gravy, their biweekly tour of regional cooking and eating places, with a visit to the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina. This week, the podcast takes listeners to a couple of coffee shops in Knoxville, Tennessee where the baristas believe in more than just the merits of freshly ground beans. Listen below.

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