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Billy Strings Expands the Bounds of Bluegrass

The young musician blends tradition, otherworldly guitar chops, and an exploratory spirit

Arts & Culture

Ken Burns on His Eight-Year Dive into Country Music

The groundbreaking documentary filmmaker’s new series, Country Music, which took almost a decade to make, covers the human stories wrapped up in the genre’s uniquely American history

Books

A Photographer’s Ode to the Roots of Country Music

A new book of recovered photos taken on the porches and back roads of Appalachia offers an intimate look at some of traditional Southern music’s early greats

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Music

Tracing the Roots of Country Music

See a gallery of images from photographer John Cohen’s epic journey through Appalachia in the early 1960s

Arts & Culture

The Artistic Life of Ben Folds

In his delightful new memoir, the piano player and singer-songwriter shares stories of growing up in North Carolina, plus advice on creativity

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Music

New Music for August 2019

Fresh albums from icons including Tanya Tucker, Bobby Rush, and Vince Gill—plus an Appalachian powerhouse, a potent R&B debut from Atlanta, and more of our top picks

Music

Song Premiere: Gregg Allman Performing “Melissa” Live in 1974

Preview a bonus track from a special reissue of Laid Back, Allman’s debut solo album

Music

Warren Haynes’s Music Guide to Asheville

The prolific guitarist shares how the Southern city primed him for life onstage—and pays tribute to the local spots that keep him coming back

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The Best Southern Albums of 2019—So Far

Glittering folk from North Carolina, a Nashville-by-way-of-England country-soul stunner, and eight more of this year’s releases you need to hear

Music

An Oral History of “Free Bird”

Now on their farewell tour, Lynyrd Skynyrd band members reflect on Southern rock’s most requested song

Music

Rocking On with Brittany Howard

The dynamic front woman of Alabama Shakes takes a fearless leap
on her solo debut

Video Premiere

Watch Ranky Tanky’s New Music Video for “Good Time”

Take a tour of the band’s Charleston roots in the video for the jubilant title track of their just-released sophomore album

First Listen

New Music from Kentucky’s Kelsey Waldon

Get to know the first artist signed to John Prine’s record label in fifteen years—and hear an exclusive stream of the Bluegrass State native’s new song

Music

The B-52’s Iconic Southern Party-Rock Album Turns 30

With the kitschy fun of Cosmic Thing, the beloved band came back bigger than ever in the summer of 1989. But there’s a more serious story behind the Athens, Georgia-born classic

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New Music for June 2019

Fresh albums from sons of Southern royalty, an eclectic Texas band’s debut, and more of this month’s noteworthy releases

Music

In Allman Betts Band, Sons of Rock Royalty Join Forces

Duane Betts and Devon Allman honor their fathers’ legacies—while forging their own paths—with new album Down to the River

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New Music for May

Fresh albums from an unforgettable New Orleans ten-piece, a rising Nashville singer-songwriter, the inimitable Mavis Staples, and more

Music

G&G’s Mother’s Day Mixtape

A dozen-plus songs that make us think of Mom

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Jazz Fest Through the Years

Looking back a Southern cultural institution

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New Music for April 2019

Welcome warm weather with old-school soul, expert-level guitar picking, and more fresh Southern releases