Arts & Culture

On the Record

A new exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art shows some of the twentieth century’s greatest musicians in unguarded moments



Happy Birthday, Dolly!

Seven Dolly Parton performances to bring a smile to your face (and maybe even tempt you to put a teasing comb through your hair)


Fifty Years of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”

The story behind one of the greatest Southern songs ever recorded. Plus, a reissue and a tribute concert honoring its legendary singer, Otis Redding


The South’s Coolest New Music Venue

Tennessee’s Bluegrass Underground finds a new home

First Listen

First Listen: The Blind Boys of Alabama

The storied Grammy-winning gospel outfit returns with a new album


In Tune: Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer

Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer join forces for an album born of the bonds of sisterhood

Arts & Culture

Saving Southern Music

How the bluegrass balladeer and TV host David Holt helps preserve—and move forward—the region’s traditional sounds


Catching Up with Pokey LaFarge

The roots musician heads South in support of his most soulful album yet


From the Heart: John Moreland

The Oklahoma songwriter finds a little light on Big Bad Luv

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In Memoriam

Final Set: Honoring Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry may be gone, but his influence lives on in a new album—and in the hearts of his admirers

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Back Stage with the Bands

Up close and personal with some of our favorite musicians

First Listen

Jessi Colter on The Psalms and Life with Waylon

One of the original country outlaws returns with a new album and a new autobiography


Amanda Shires: Family Harmony

Amanda Shires returns with a new album steeped in the rhythms of home


The Return of a Stax Powerhouse

A sizzling return from a pioneering Stax powerhouse


Decoding James Brown

A deep look at the artist — and the South

Editor's Letter

Jamming at the Office

Join us online for our Back Porch Sessions


First Listen: Stop Light Observations

Stream a song from the band’s upcoming album Toogoodoo


The Breakout Voice: Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton has become country music’s most surprising new star—and has sent a shock wave through Nashville

The Southern Agenda

A Roots-of-Rock Primer

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum curator Michael Gray shares five essential Sam Phillips–produced tracks


Nathaniel Rateliff: Soul Searcher

With a knack for authentic songwriting and a voice that will move you, the artist has exploded onto the national stage — and given an old sound a burst of new energy