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The following is a list of those The Southland Music Line’s Johnny Cole would like to thank for helping with the website, providing inspiration, helping meet daily challenges and several proving to be true friends: (Presently being updated in June 2015)

  • Stephen “Andy” Anderson (located behind the lens of a camera.) – I finally met someone who can talk about music as much as ‘yours truly’. I love our discussions and ‘debates’ about music. He truly is one of the best photographers I’ve had the privilege of working with and knowing. Above all, he is a friend.
  • Robby Amonett (located next to a stage painting the performance of another band) – I thank him for saving a seat for me at so many shows. When I go see a band, it just doesn’t seem official, unless Robby is there painting them. I’ve enjoyed our travels and time spent together – The very talented guy is a good friend – one of my best!
  • Doug & Susan Sholes (Mississippi Gulf Coast) – Addressing this on a personal note: No Susan! No Susan! don’t tell me I’m a ____. (lol) This kind and generous couple are simply amazing. My wife and I are happy to have become friends with them. We’ve seen many shows together and I’ve enjoyed them all. Doug and I, even got a shout out by the band, Buddy & The Squids. (lol) (speaking of that band, check them out. Cool sound!) Doug and Susan Sholes are as much a contributor to The Line as anyone – truly appreciated!
  • Bobby Rayborn (Pascagoula, MS) – There is no better person to travel to show with than Bobby…. let’s just say this, ‘he’ll get you there!’ Bobby sees more shows than most anyone you’ll meet (o.k. well, next to me. I’m on meds for my music addiction.) We share a crazy love of music, but my admiration and respect for him is something that continues to grow with much appreciation.
  • John Boland (Pascagoula, MS) – a mutual love for music has help form a wonderful and meaningful friendship. The trip to Flora-Bama to see Sugarcane Jane in 2014 will never be forgotten. Crazy time!
  • Harry & Linda Brown (Everywhere, U.S.A., but sometimes Austin, TX) – For starters, I can’t say enough or even know where to start. They have been a part of my life since I was 9. My family have had some of the best times with them down through the years. Both Harry and Linda have always encouraged me – I am forever grateful. Each year, they have also provided loving accommodations for The Line on our trips to South By Southwest in Austin. Again, thank you!
  • Brice Creel (Gulfport, MS) It was at a Rosco Bandana show that we realized we were related as cousins. He is one of the most loyal supporters of local music along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and if a band ever needs a ‘merch guy’, he’s the man for the job.
  • Jim & Sandra Cole (Mississippi | Montana | A House Boat located in The Pascagoula River Swamp (which has provided some fun memories.) – I thank them for listening to me go on and on and on……. about so many different bands. After awhile of hearing me talk, the names of the bands probably just become one very long name running together: “WoodenRoscoDidoSugarcaneCappsBrothersLocklear” or something like that. Above all, they are my family and I appreciate all they have done for me.
  • Jeff and Patsy Cheek (Kenai, Alaska | Austin, TX) – I am thankful to them for encouraging me to continue with ‘all this craziness’. The night we, along with our friends The Keiths, found our way into that Rosco Bandana show at Mezo’s in Ocean Springs, MS, will always be remembered. I have shared many memorable times with them including one unforgetable time with Bob Dylan. (ask me and I will be happy to tell.) Also, it was a lot of fun spending much of 2015’s SXSW with them. They are family and I appreciate them a lot.
  • Randy Fountain (Vancleave, MS) – I thank him for surviving that unforgettable trip with me to Montgomery, AL and back…. ‘a tire blowout and an end to a transmission. The final Minivan Adventure for Johnny & Randy, at least in that particular vehicle. Above that and much, much more – Randy is one of my best friends ever!
  • Robert Christgau – No other music journalist has had the impact on me as Christgau. All who choose to write with some purpose, should learn from the master. Around a year ago (2014) he began doing a monthly column for Billboard magazine. Books to check out: “Any Old Way You Choose It: Rock and Other Pop Music, 1967-1973” (1973), “Christgau’s Record Guide: Rock Albums of the ’70s” (1981), Christgau’s Record Guide: The ’80s” (1990), “Grown Up All Wrong: 75 Great Rock and Pop Artists from Vaudeville to Techno” (1998), “Christgau’s Consumer Guide: Albums of the ’90s” (2000), AND HIS LATEST “Going into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man” (2015).
  • Richie UnterbergerHe is most definitely one of my favorites and truly one of the smartest guys around when it comes to the knowledge of popular music. The former Philadelphia D.J. went to write, edit, contribute for ‘about everyone’. Option (magazine); Mojo, Rolling Stone, No Depression and huge amounts of work for allmusic.com.
  • Dave Marsh – I first became a fan after reading “Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story” (1979). The man who first coined the term “punk rock” in a 1971 article has influenced me greatly, but much of his ideas and opinions on music have more in common with The Line’s photographer, Stephen “Andy” Anderson. – Among other things, they would agree on Journey, Kiss, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Regardless, he remains a favorite.
  • Lester Bangs – Every story about Bangs ‘good or bad’ eventually turned out to be true. The fact remains he is one of most important journalistic influences on my life. May he rest in peace!
  • Danny Sugarman – His book (with Jerry Hopkins) “No One Here Gets Out Alive” about Jim Morrison had me believing I was Jim Morrison for about ten months. R.I.P to both Danny and Jim.
  • Rob Sheffield – It’s easy for me to consider him one of my favorite rock music journalists.  His work with Blender, Spin and Rolling Stone has helped me keep a real interest in people who write about music.  I love his books – “Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time; “Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut”; AND his 2013 book, “Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke” are all favorites!
  • Roderick Edward “Legs” McNeil What he, cartoonist John Holmstrom and publisher Ged Dunn did with putting together the magazine “Punk” was highly influential to what several of us attempted with The Underground Music Press. “Legs” McNeil is one of the best on the subject of Punk rock during the era. He has written and contributed to some ‘great reads’ – “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk” and “I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir” written with Joey Ramone’s brother, Mike Leigh.
  • Scott Miller – we sadly lost Scott a couple years ago, but not before this unique individual wrote one of the best books on music in recent years – ” Music: What Happened?. (a book on music criticsm) A must read!
  • Cameron Crowe for directing the movie, “Almost Famous” – the inspiration for the ‘music bus’ theme of The Southland Music Line.
  • Almost FamousThe semi-autobiographical story/film based and/or inspired by Cameron Crowe’s personal experiences working for Rolling Stone magazine while still in his teens. The band “Stillwater” is based on several bands the young Cameron toured and wrote about in the 1970s. The character of Penny Lane (played by Kate Hudson) was (in part) based on Bebe Buell, the famous girlfriend to several popular musicians of the time and eventually the mother of Liv Tyler. “Almost Famous” is one of my all-time favorite movies – I recommend it to all young musicians!
  • Rolling Stone (1967-present), Spin (1985-presently a webzine), Punk (1976-1979; 1981), Village Voice (1955-present), Creem (1969-1989), Crawdaddy (1966-present day part of Paste), Blender (1994-2009), Offbeat (1988-present), Melody Maker (1926-2000), Circus (1966-2006), Billboard (1894-present). These magazines, newspapers and others forms of print have inspired me greatly.
  • Music Journalism – Some writers that have inspired me and who I have enjoyed: Robert Christgau (see earlier), Dave Marsh (see earlier), Lester Bangs (see earlier), Rob Sheffield ( see earlier), Scott Miller (see earlier), Roderick Edward “Legs” McNeil (see earlier), Richie Unterberger (see earlier), Robert Duncan (simply put, he’s has proven himself to be one of the best),  Jon Savage – If you want to learn about punk rock, The Sex Pistols and a wide range of cool subjects, he’s one of the best to check out, Greil Marcus (an amazing writer who has written about Elvis, Dylan, The Doors and more), Ben Fong-Torres (He has interviewed a whos-who of musicians and spent several years contributing to Rolling Stone magazine), David Fricke (a longtime editor with Rolling Stone has written his share of amazing articles and has appeared in countless music documentaries), Peter Guralnick (it’s a long read, but well worth it – a two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, “Last Train to Memphis”, followed by “Careless Love”), Nick Tosches (wrote the spectacular 1982 Jerry Lee Lewis Bio “Hellfire”) Ed Ward (I would love to meet him…what a knowledge of music; co-founded SXSW in Austin; Rock historian for the NPR program Fresh Air; and co-authored “Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll), Chris Welch (who hasn’t he wrote about? I’ve enjoyed several of his books on everyone from Hendrix to Led Zeppelin), Frank Worrall (as writer/editor with Melody Maker, he help break The Smiths, Human League and other UK artists into the public eye), Richard Williams (a sensational writer of some great bios on Bob Dylan, Phil Spector and others. I regularly read his blog The Blue Moment), Chuck Eddy (Check out his Rock and Roll Always Forgets: A Quarter Century of Music Criticism”), Penny Valentine (she was one of the first true female music journalist; with Vicki Wickham wrote “Dancing with Demons: The Authorized Biography of Dusty Springfield”; we lost Penny in the early 2000’s), Alice Echols (she wroteScars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin” and Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture),  John Harris (Two of his books I recommend, “The Dark Side of the Moon: The Making Of The Pink Floyd Masterpiece”; and “Hail! Hail! Rock’n’Roll: The Ultimate Guide to the Music, the Myths and the Madness”), Brett Milano (He wrote “The Sound of Our Town: A History of Boston Rock and Roll), Will Hermes (a must-read by him, “Love Goes To Buildings On Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever”), Gina Arnold (I have not always agreed with her on some subjects or musicians, but shes excellent writer; she has written much on Nirvana), Michael Azerrad (since we are on the subject of  Nirvana, Azerrad wrote a good one called “Nirvana, Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana”), James “Jim” DeRogatis (He wrote the Lester Bangs bio that I totally recommend “Let it Blurt : The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic),  Bart Bull (He has written for New York Times, Washington Post, The Village Voice and has covered everyone from Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker to Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits to Michael Jackson and Prince.), Anthony DeCurtis (His list of work is quite impressive; has been working with Rolling Stone magazine for years; he is also a part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination committee), Jeffrey Morgan ( He is the authorized biographer of both Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop & The Stooges.) Greg Kot ( I recommend a couple of his books: “Wilco: Learning How to Die” and Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music”), Nick Kent (He has a colorful history of writing and ‘life in general’. A couple selected works, “The Dark Stuff: Selected Writings on Rock Music”; and “Apathy for the Devil: A Seventies Memoir), Alan Light (He was starting out around the same time I was in New York. He successfully went from fact checker to a Senior-writer at Rolling Stone; then on to Vibe magazine and has contributed to New York Times. The last book I read of his was his work with Gregg Allman on the bio “My Cross to Bear”), Ray Coleman died around 20 years ago, but he wrote some good books on The Beatles – “Lennon: The Definitive Biography”; “McCartney: Yesterday and Today”; “Brian Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles”), Charles R. Cross (founder of The Bruce Springsteen magazine “Backstreets”; He also wrote one of the best books about Kurt Cobain), Donna Gaines (I liked her book “A Misfit’s Manifesto: The Sociological Memoir of a Rock & Roll Heart”),  Nelson George (His books “Where Did Our Love Go: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound” and “The Death of Rhythm & Blues” are worth checking out),  Maura Johnston (she was a one time music editor for Village Voice and taught at NYU; She is now the editor of her own online magazine), Jon Landau (I love his early writing at at very young Rolling Stone magazine), Paul Williams (founder of the first national U.S. magazine of rock music criticism “Crawdaddy” magazine in 1966); Ken Tucker (he has written for so many magazines and has upset his share of musicians, but he remains honest – we must applaud those kinds of critics.) AND OF COURSE, THERE ARE MANY MORE………….
  • Frank Zappa – Once declared that, “Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.” I always thought that was a funny statement that’s actually true in some cases. I am thankful for Zappa for keeping things in perspective.
  • Mark Garrison & Jack’s by the Tracks (Pascagoula, MS) –
    I’m very thankful to Mark and his wife, D.J., for providing the local area with one of the best places to enjoy food, drink, friendships and live music. The Live Music at Jack’s is always free to the public, but the quality of musicians who perform regularly on Jack’s stage are nothing short of amazing. Going to Jack’s is like ‘going home’. Simply put, people love Jack’s! The Southland Music Line was first discussed and founded at Jack’s by the Tracks.
  • Ben Kaufman & Irish Coast Pub (Gulfport, MA) – The Line has spent many hours at Ben’s place in Gulfport, MS. Musicians like Rosco Bandana, Oh Jeremiah, Diggs Darcey, Della Memoria, Eddie Dixon, Hymm for Her, and many others have performed some of the most memorable shows at Irish Coast Pub. Plus, Irish Coast Pub is home to one of best Open Mic/ Jam Session nights The Line has attended in recent years. I really appreciate Ben’s friendship and it’s been a joy getting to know him better over the course of the last few years.
  • Jimmy Lee Hannaford (Fairhope, AL)–  I appreciate the friendship with Jimmy Lee. He is a gifted singer-songwriter-musician, a talented journalist, and someone with an amazing knowledge of music history – above all, a really good friend!
  • Anthony & Savana Crawford (Sugarcane Jane) – One word comes to mind (but many could follow). That word is “respect”. I’ll never forget the first time I went to Jack’s by the Tracks (after being told over and over to do so by Stephen and Robby) – it was to see Sugarcane Jane. I had seen Anthony perform with some amazing artists in the past (Neil Young, Steve Winwood), so I knew he was extremely talented. What I didn’t know (and have come to learn over the time I’ve known Anthony and Savana) is the good qualities this wonderful couple possess. Musicians with big hearts and a love for family, friends and their fans.
  • Flagpole Magazine (Athens, GA) – One of the best magazines of its kind around!
  • Rosco Bandana (Mississippi Gulf Coast) – throughout their history, I’ve enjoyed countless miles of travel and hours following one the most enjoyable group of musicians I’ve ever had the privilege of following so closely. Each and every member from the beginning to present has a place in my heart – Jason Sanford, Jackson Weldon, Jenny Flint, Patrick Mooney, Zach Fellman, Sean Murphy, Neil Ladner, Alex Morse, Barry Pribyl, Emily Sholes, Josh Smith and Patrick McGinley.
  • Glenda Stabler Campbell & Friends (Gulf Coast) or could easily be referred to as “The Grayson Capps Fan Club” –  Glenda and her good friends rarely miss a Grayson show, but also attend and support the local music scene like no other. They have become good friends and I appreciate their kindness. Glenda is one very special lady, but so are her close friends that travel and attend the many shows.
  • Harry Stewart (Gautier, MS) – When I met Harry (and no I’m not Sally), I met one of the most enthusiastic fans of great music – I consider it a privilege of knowing someone with that much love and passion for music.
  • Ron & Cindy Thamert (Ocean Springs, MS) – I truly appreciate their friendship and admire their love for music.
  • Stefan Lawson & Coastal Noise (Mississippi Gulf Coast) – Stefan Lawson has become an important part of the area for promoting an array of topics as they pertain to the Gulf Coast, including the subject of music. I’ve had the honor of doing some podcasts with Stefan, Diggs Darcey, Will Lammons and Eddie Dixon. A real joy!
  • Eddie Dixon (Mississippi Gulf Coast / Chicago, IL) – a tremendous musician and one of the nicest too.
  • Joel Locklear (DeRidder, LA) – I value our friendship and shared enthusiasm for music. Our conversations on the phone and in person mean a lot to me.
  • Michele Fiegenschue (Mississippi Gulf Coast, but originally from New Orleans) – She has been one of the biggest supporters of what we do at The Southland Music Line. Whenever Ive asked for her assistance, she has been more than helpful. Thanks Michele!
  • Della Memoria (Gulfport, MS) – Emily Sholes, Josh Smith and Patrick McGinley (originally) have always been supportive of The Southland Music Line. I am appreciative of their encouraging words and friendship.
  • Diggs Darcey & The Monday Night Band – Each week, Diggs Darcey and a group of fellow musicians come together for an Open Mic / Jam Session at Ben Kaufman’s Irish Coast Pub in Gulfport, MS – serving as an example of how music provides a powerful bond between so many people.
  • Eddie’s Attic (Decatur, GA) – It continues to be one of my favorite music venues in the U.S. – the shows and talent are unbelievable!
  • Michael Shaffer (Mississippi Gulf Coast) – He has been a longtime promoter of great music along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I appreciate what he has done in helping bring such tremendous music to the Coast scene.
  • The Julep Room (Ocean Springs, MS) – One of the greatest things about The Julep Room is how much music passes through those cellar doors. It’s a true original with an Elvis Presley connection.
  • Steve Sponseller (Hanover, PA) – I am thankful for his photos taken at Larkin Poe’s Easton, MD show. Steve is accomplished photographer who has taken photos of a multitude of well-known musicians (Ann Wilson of Heart, Alan Parsons, John Entwistle of The Who, Christopher Cross, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, etc..)
  • Shane Rice (Mobile, AL) – Shane is another talented photographer who has so kindly contributed to The Southland Music Line on a few occasions. His talent is so admired and appreciated!
  • Simone Lipscomb (Magnolia Springs, AL) – The truly amazing photographer was kind enough to provide the photo of Anthony and Savana Crawford which was featured on a Sugarcane Jane article in the Spring of 2015. The Line also used the photo as that month’s front page cover. Thank you!
  • The Contributors to the article: “Why We Love Sugarcane Jane As Told by the Fans of Friends of Sugarcane Jane”. A few dozen friends and fans sent in reasons to why they love Sugarcane Jane that were used as part of the story. That article was the most read and visited one we’ve published at the website since its beginning. I haven’t written anything with that much interest in a few years. It wasn’t about me or anyone associated with The Line, IT WAS ABOUT ANTHONY AND SAVANA! The couple is truly loved by their fans, friends and family.
  • The Wooden Wings – Molly Portier, Cherie LeJeune, Harry Rosenberg, Albert Moliere & Anthony Mikhael (New Orleans, LA) – I’ve seen them at other venues, but seeing them at The Julep Room has always been a favorite. The Wooden Wings are special to me for many reasons, but above all, it’s their talent and how kind they’ve been to me. I really want the best for them and anticipate what’s next.
  • 40 Watt Club (Athens, Ga) – I am thankful to every single one of its locations from the past to the present.
  • Cathe Steel and The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm “Family” – this consist of many fans of music who regularly attend the music events at The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, AL. These good people come from all walks of life and spread their love of music to venues and concert halls throughout the area. Cathe’s hard work has paid off – The Frog Pond isn’t just a music venue, it’s become a major part of several friend’s lives.
  • John Thompson aka J.T. & Callaghan’s Irish Social Club (Mobile, AL) – J.T. runs and operates one of the South’s most enjoyable music venues. I truly appreciate the kindness he and Callaghan’s has shown to The Southland Music Line, the many photographers, website writers, journalists, music fans AND MUSICIANS who frequent this special place.
  • Jeff & Suzanne Zimmer (“Lower Alabama”) -A couple who represent the true meaning of ‘music fan”. I’ve enjoyed tremendous times seeing some of the region’s best live music with them. I always appreciate the Zimmer’s many Facebook “Likes”.
  • Wes Lee (Mississippi) – I continue to be more and more impressed with this highly gifted musician. I am also happy to call him a friend.
  • David Minkler (Pascagoula, MS) – He continues to support the local music scene around Pascagoula, MS. I totally appreciate the kind words of encouragement he gives to me and The Southland Music Line.
  • Willie Sugarcapps (Lower Alabama / Nashville, TN) – Each and every show has been a memorable one. A huge part has been the fun of seeing the many shows with fans who rarely miss a Willie Sugarcapps’ show. Grayson, Corky, Will, Anthony & Savana – thank you!
  • Acoustic House Party & Traveling Road Show (or) Jericho Road Show – Rambling Steve Gardner, Libby Rae Watson, Bill Steber and Wes Lee are “the real thing” when it comes to the blues. Plus, they’ve been extremely nice to The Southland Music Line. – We truly appreciate!
  • The Music Venues that make attending shows a real joy. Several of these venues have gone out of the way to accommodate The Line. The Government Street Grocery, Murky Waters, Leo’s, The Juke Joint, The Shed, The Julep Room (Ocean Springs); Thirsty Hippo, Brewsky’s, T-Bones Records (Hattiesburg, MS); House of Blues (New Orleans); Duling Hall (Jackson, MS); Blue Canoe (Tupelo, MS); Legacy, The Brickyard, Alchemy Tavern, Soul Kitchen, The Bluegill, Fairhope Brewing Company (Lower Alabama); The Vinyl (Pensacola, FL); El Marcado (Austin, TX); Flora-Bama, Lulu’s; (Florida Panhandle & Gulf Shores, AL); Iron City Grill (Birmingham, AL); Avalon Theatre (Easton, MD) and so many more.
  • The Many Featival & Event organizers that treated us well: Wash Hole Jam (Brewton, AL); Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival (Bogalusa, LA); Live Oaks Arts & Music Festival (Pascagoula, MS); 30A Songwriters Festival (Florida Panhandle); Mississippi Songwriters Festival (MS Gulf Coast); Magnolia Springs Festival (Magnolia Springs, AL) B.B.King Indianola Homecoming Festival (Indianola, MS), etc.
  • MS/AL/FL Gulf Coast – I’m thankful for its good people, enduring lifestyle, rich history of music and original culture. A great place to call home!
  • Athens, GA Music Scene –  I am forever thankful to what it did for music history.  Its many bands, artists and music venues have had a huge impact on my life and love for music.
  • R.E.M. (Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills & Bill Berry) – For providing years of inspiration and music to ‘drive by’. (R.E.M.’s first appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, on Oct. 6, 1983, changed it all for me. As one writer once wrote, ‘it was the college rock equivalent of The Beatles playing the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Prior to that date, and since, R.E.M. has inspired my love for music from The South, and in particular, Athens, GA.)
  • David Letterman – (see above) Letterman, now retired, was the first late night talk show host on a major network that introduced so much of the country some of the best music around. In the Pre-You Tube Era, Letterman’s importance to the music industry was groundbreaking. In the early days, I never missed a show.
  • College Radio – Several college radio stations around the country provide the best music to its listeners.
  • Asbury Park, NJ – Home to one of the historically most important music scenes ever.
  • Bruce Springsteen (New Jersey) – Many bands and artists can be listed in these acknowledgements, but not one of them has brought me the musical enjoyment and inspiration that Bruuuuuuce has given me throughout the years.
  • The Stone Pony (Asbury Park, NJ) – A band hasn’t arrived, until they’ve performed at The Stone Pony. I usually make it a point of telling young and new musicians starting out, if they ever perform at The Stone Pony, I’ll be there to see them.
  • New York City – I’m thankful to this city for providing this Southern boy with an education in life.
  • Hilly Kristal (R.I.P.) and CBGB (R.I.P.) (New York City, NY) – No place on Earth was ever like this landmark venue nor was anyone quite like Hilly. Both are missed.
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – For providing hours and hours of debate with friends. I also recommend visiting The Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Elvis Presley (Tupelo, MS/Memphis, TN) – June 20, 1973 in Mobile, AL was the first of many (AND I REPEAT: “MANY’) concerts for this fan of music. Most importantly, he’s “The King”.
  • New Orleans – the city that breathes with music.
  • Austin, TX – If you can’t find live music in Austin, well, you’re just not looking – more live music in Austin than anywhere else! Also home to some great festivals: South By Southwest and The Austin City Limits Festival.
  • Nashville, TN – For all the obvious reasons….and for goodness sake, visit the ‘real music venues and landmarks’ and not only those places lined up for tourists.
  • Muscle Shoals, AL – I can’t leave this place out when given acknowledgments. Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals and The Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in nearby Sheffield.
  • Underground Music Press – It goes without saying the importance of what The Underground Music Press has had on me throughout the years. ALSO: I am happy that so many friends and colleagues went on to succeed at some incredible jobs in the field of music journalism. Thank you to all who were a part.
  • WSNews – The best of times! I had the privilege to contribute to countless stories and articles during my time involved.
  • MSN Entertainment Group – It was quite a ride between the late 1990’s to mid-2000’s. At one point a small group of early day bloggers, writers, critics and fans of music, movie, television and books were totally involved and committed to the project.  At one stage of the game we reached a membership of over 100,000. It held a #1  in activity on MSN for over 3 1/2 years.
  • Music Consultants, U.S. – A significant time of learning. I’m so thankful.
  • Donald Rooney (Atlanta, GA) – I am thankful for the encouragement and for going to see the many bands and artists I’ve told him about throughout the years.
  • Ricky Woodard (Chicago, IL/San Francisco, CA) – His humor has always brightened up my days and his love for music, film and entertainment is unmatched.
  • Connie Gibbs (Vancleave, MS) – One of my life-long best friends who has contributed her editing skills to some of the articles posted at The Southland Music Line.
  • Larry Carlson (Dallas, TX) – He told me to get back into writing about the things I love.
  • Cori Wright (Dothan, AL) – She has helped The Line in several ways of promoting and was a significant part of MSN Entertainment and TM Express. Thanks Cori!
  • Karen Erickson (Denver, CO) – She has helped The Line in several ways of promoting and was a significant part of MSN Entertainment and TM Express. Thanks Karen!
  • Kelly Anderson (Austin, TX) – She has helped The Line in several ways of promoting and was a significant part of MSN Entertainment and TM Express. Thanks Kelly!
  • TM Express – Between the years of 2004 through 2012, TM Express reviewed 100’s of movies, annual movie awards and live discussion groups.
  • Independent Record Stores – Wuxtry’s in Athens, GA & Decatur, GA; Princeton Record Exchange in Princeton, NJ; Play 9 in Richmond, VA; Grimey’s in Nashville, TN; Other Music in New York City; Waterloo Records in Austin, TX;  Shangri-La Records in Memphis, TN; Academy Records Annex in Brooklyn, NY, The Thing in Brooklyn , NY; Criminal Records in Atlanta, GA; True Vine in Baltimore, MD; Forever Young Records in Grand Prairie, TX;  Reckless Records in Chicago, IL; Guestroom Records in Norman, OK; Red Onion Records & Books in Washington, DC; T-Bones Records in Hattiesburg, MS; Long in the Tooth i Philadelphia, PA; Goner Records in Memphis, TN; The Sound Garden in Baltimore, MD; Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art in Clarksdale, MS; Ear X-tacy in Louisville, KY; Jerry’s Records in Pittsburgh, PA; Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Nashville, TN; Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans, LA and several others thankfully are keeping a huge party of music history alive!
  • Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys masterpiece still ranks as one of my all-time favorite albums; while writing these acknowledgements, I was listening to it.
  • Ardenland – Arden Barnett and everyone associated with Ardenland do an incredible job bringing such talent to places like Duling Hall in Jackson, MS.
  • Southern Rambler (Lynn Oldshue & Michelle Stancil ) I love what Southern Rambler is doing and it is a joy to often share opportunities of seeing some great shows together. Thanks for the friendship.
  • George Cumbest and The Mississippi Songwriters Association – Songwriting festivals, events and organizations are important for getting the word out about amazingly talented songwriters. The Mississippi Songwriters Association does a wonderful job – we can’t thank them enough!
  • The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center – Ocean Springs and the Mississippi Gulf Coast are privileged to have such a place for music, theatre and the arts.
  • The Listening Room of Mobile, AL – This venue is new to the area (2015);  it’s exactly what was needed to continue to help the region’s music scene blossom.
  • The Shed at Hwy. 57 / I-10 Crossroads, MS (Ocean Springs, MS) – The Shed is host to many live music events from several genres –  Americana, Blues, Country to Singer-S0ngwriter and Rock.
  • Fred Salinas (Ocean Springs, MS) – He is one the region’s most active and popular photographers of live music events. I really admire his enthusiasm and talent.
  • Chad Edwards (Mississippi) – He is one of the most gifted photographers I’ve met over the last few years. – Very original and deserving of widespread acknowledgement from the photo community.
  • Bronwynne Brent (presently living on the MS Gulf Coast) – With Bronwynne I can honestly say she is one of Contemporary Folk music’s most shining stars.
  • Kelcy Hyde (Nashville, TN) – I first learned of Kelcy Hyde (then was going by the name Kelcy Lee) a few years ago while she was still a teen growing up in Nevada. I have followed her music career closely and I’m happy to see her continue to reach new heights. The Line featured her in an article in 2013; then two complete articles dedicated to her, including an interview in 2014. We were also fortunate enough to attend her EP release party in the fall of 2014.
  • Oh Jeremiah: Jeremiah Strickland & Erin Raber (Hattiesburg, MS) – I was there for their 2nd show as Oh Jeremiah (at Irish Coast Pub in Gulfport, MS) and since have seen them grow as artists. Plus, Jeremiah and Erin are two of the nicest musicians you’ll ever meet.
  • David Locklear (DeRidder, LA) – It’s been a real pleasure getting to know him as both a friend and a musician.
  • Larkin Poe (Georgia) – I want to thank Megan & Rebecca Lovell for providing such great music, several amazing shows and a kindness shown at the many shows Ive been fortunate enough to attend. (a few shows in Atlanta, Memphis, New Orleans and Easton, MD).
  • The Mulligan Brothers – Ross Newell, Gram Rea, Greg DeLuca & Ben Leininger (Alabama Gulf Coast) – Going to a Mulligan Brothers show has never gotten old. I still think their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” is one of the best – PLUS: I always appreciate the “shout outs” and mentioning my name when they perform the song. I highly recommend their first two albums which feature some of the best original music by four of the nicest guys around.
  • Escondido: Jessica Maros & Tyler James (Nashville, TN) – One of the best bands I’ve run across in the last few years. Some of the best shows I’ve seen over the last few years were by Escondido. I can’t wait to see what comes next for this incredible band.
  • Beth Childs (Gulf Coast) – She photographs the Gulf Coast music scene with much passion and an eye for the right shot. I thank her for the joy she bring to us fans of music photography.
  • Mallisa May (Mississippi Gulf Coast) – I have been a fan of her original and creative photography for the last few years. Very talented!
  • Social Media – “Love or Hate it,” I value it for leading me to so many bands/artists & music venues.
  • The guy who fixed the flat tire on Robby Amonett’s Van at the Lousiana State Line on the way to New Orleans to see Grayson Capps at the Maple Leaf. Robby, Bobby and myself didn’t make the show, but did return to Biloxi for those incredible steak sandwiches at the Prospect Lounge.
  • The additonal musicians (from all over)Blue Mother Tupelo, Lilly Hiatt, Cary Hudson, Lauren Murphy, Fat Man Squeeze, Mark Pfaff, The Deluxe Trio, Delta Reign, Truitt Williams, Ben Jernigan, Phil Proctor, Scott Chism & The Better Half, Cowboy Johnson, Humming House, Lilly Hiatt, John Calvin Abney, Grace Askew, Luther Wamble, Corky Hughes, Bantam Foxes, Deslondes, Emily Kopp, Eddie Dixon, Diggs Darcey,  Banditos, Johnny Sansone, Kaboom, Great Peacock, Grayson Capps, HanaLena, Underhill Rose, Melissa Joiner,  Summer Overstreet, The Lone Bellow, Lincoln Durham, Lauren Kay, Rollin in the Hay, Scott Nolan, Will Kimbrough, Cary Laine and so many more.
  • The families of many of the musicians I’ve come to enjoy. (e.g., Daryl and Rhoda Portier, the parents of Molly from The Wooden Wings) – When you follow musicians, as I do, you begin to know the families. Sharing the enthusiasm for who is on stage is a real pleasure.
  • Techcurity (Mississippi Gulf Coast) – We appreciate their early assistance to the website.
  • All the hard working people who work at the many venues who makes each event or evening of music such a nice experience.
  • The many people I’ve traveled with to see remarkable music. – There have been many and I am thankful to each and every one.
  • Also special thanks to my brother and his family. (Mississippi Gulf Coast) – We’ve gone through a lot, but the times, good and bad, have made us closer.
  • Mom & Dad – on a personal note: I miss you both. Words aren’t enough when it comes to how I feel about the two of them. I miss them each and every day of my life…. “I love you, Mom & Dad!”
  • ….and finally to my wife, Lauri. Thank you for so many things. I really do believe when I married you, 27 years ago, it was the smartest thing this ole’ Southern boy ever did do.

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