A Southern Focus

What We're Reading Now: 'The Story of Land and Sea'

By Jessica MischnerA Southern FocusOctober 1, 2014

Author Katy Simpson Smith’s hotly anticipated debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, recently arrived on shelves after sparking a bidding war among 10 publishing houses (Harper Collins eventually won distribution rights). Set in coastal Beaufort, North Carolina, during the waning stages of the Revolutionary War, the book chronicles in spare, crystalline prose the entangled lives and emotions of a multi-generational cast of characters. "The effect," writes reviewer Joanna Scutts in the Washington Post​, "is to root the novel in its historical moment but to reach toward the universal in its exploration of love and grief."

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An Insider's Look at Modern Music History

By Jessica MischnerA Southern FocusSeptember 24, 2014

Photographer and Garden & Gun contributor Danny Clinch has spent the past three decades capturing the on-stage, on-the-road, and behind-the-curtain lives of some of the most famous musicians in modern history—from Ralph Stanley to Bob Dylan to Jay Z. The resulting coffee table compendium, Danny Clinch: Still Moving, out yesterday, contains nearly 300 images of artists of all genres and, as his friend Bruce Springsteen writes in the foreword, solidifies Clinch’s place among the greats of rock and roll photography: “Danny always gets it. The ‘thing’ you’ve been looking for. That small piece of the secret that has no name but that whispers to your audience…‘and then’… the story continues.” To understand the cameraman behind the camera, we asked Clinch to describe some of the biggest moments of his career and share some of his favorite images from the book—and the stories behind them.

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Inside Creole World

By Elizabeth HutchisonA Southern FocusMay 21, 2014

In 1974, at age twenty, photographer Richard Sexton packed up his old Datsun station wagon and set out for South America. It started as a standard road trip but the six months he spent exploring the region—from Mexico to Bolivia and back—would influence his work for the next forty years.

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New Guides for the Southern Gardener

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusApril 22, 2014

Here at the G&G offices, we receive loads of great books. This time of year, the stack is dominated by gardening reads. We stuck our nose in the pages of dozens to select our three favorites, each written with the Southern gardener—or aspiring gardener—in mind.

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Bonus Photos from our April/May 2014 Issue

By The EditorsA Southern FocusApril 11, 2014

Often when we send an issue of Garden & Gun off to print there are several photos we wish we could have included. The same is true of our April/May 2014 issue, so we picked ten of our favorites that couldn't make it to print to share with you online.

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Nashville's Newest Boutique Hotel

By Jessica MischnerA Southern FocusMarch 17, 2014

If you haven’t paid a visit to Nashville’s exploding Gulch neighborhood, the newly minted 404 Hotel and Kitchen, which began taking overnight reservations on Friday, just might be the excuse you’ve been waiting for.

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Bonus Photos from our February/March 2014 Issue

By The EditorsA Southern FocusFebruary 4, 2014

Often when we send an issue of Garden & Gun off to print there are several photos we wish we could have included. The same is true of our February/March 2014 issue, so we picked ten of our favorites that couldn't make it to print to share with you online.

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Great Southern Romances

By Elizabeth HutchisonA Southern FocusFebruary 3, 2014

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we started thinking about great Southern romances—both real and fictional: Rhett and Scarlett, Forrest and Jenny, Johnny and June. But while these couples are undeniably iconic, it’s the everyday romances of our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents that inspire us the most. This Valentine's Day, we want to honor those relationships—the time-tested love stories of our nearest and dearest.

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Downtown Charleston in Ice and Snow

By David DiBenedettoA Southern FocusJanuary 29, 2014

Nearly every morning I wake up just after dawn to walk my Boykin spaniel, Pritchard. It’s one of my favorite parts of the day, not in the least because our walk takes place in one of the most beautiful places in the country, downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Like many Southerners I awoke this morning to a mix of snow and ice covering the ground and cloaking the trees.

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