Will Kimbrough: From “Sideshow Love” to Willie Sugarcapps – It’s Abundantly Clear, He Loves What He’s Doing

During the 1980’s while living in New York City, amid the heyday of the MTV Generation, I first heard of the band, Will and the Bushmen. Looking back they are especially memorable for me, foremost, in that they hailed from the Gulf Coast; secondly, that they had a distinct sound… Continue Reading

The Line’s Midsummer Mini Tour of The Southland: Highlights – Chris Knight, Dave Rawlings Machine, Otis Gibbs & Billy Joe Shaver

Regularly, The Southland Music Line sets off on the road for a series of live music events. Our goal is to see and report on some of the best music we can find throughout the South and abroad. Trips to Austin’s South By Southwest annual festival, New Orleans’ Jazz &… Continue Reading

Hard Working Americans Live from Iron City

Having formed only in 2013, the American “super group”, Hard Working Americans deliver, giving fans exactly what is expected from such a band. Made up of Todd Snider (frontman/vocals); Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools (bass), Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood (guitar/vocals), Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi (keys) and Duane… Continue Reading

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Independent Music Scene – Taking Shape

There have been many outstanding independent music scenes around the country and breaking it down could be lengthy. In the post 1955 Rock & Roll Era, we can easily list a number of familiar ones. At the start, however, to understand what a real independent music scene means, we should… Continue Reading

KRESS LIVE: The South’s Latest Premier Music Venue

For the last several months there has been news of something huge on the horizon.   After much speculation and rumor, it was officially announced to the public that a 20,000 square foot music venue was going to be located in the old Kress building in the Vieux Marche in historic… Continue Reading

Remembering Legendary Memphis Soul Man: Teenie Hodges

March of this year, The Southland Music Line attended an all-star tribute to The Memphis Sound at SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.  This event honoring many Memphis Soul legends was accompanied by the release of the documentary: “Take Me To The River”. Mabon “Teenie” Hodges’ final performance at 2014’s South… Continue Reading

Same Night, Same Stage: Rosco Bandana & Kaboom Take on The Big Easy

New Orleans is known for its food, as well as its music. One of its most famous dishes, “gumbo”,  is known for its flavor, seasonings, combination of ingredients, varied culinary practices from several cultures and its incredible taste. Similarly, you can liken the music of New Orleans. Arguably, the greatest… Continue Reading

Leland Sklar Sharing the Spotlight at Café Istanbul

Leland Sklar?……We’ve all heard him and if the name doesn’t ring a bell, his long gray trademark beard usually causes some to reply: “Oh yeah! I know who he is!” Leland Sklar performing live at Cafe Istanbul in New Orleans (Photo by Stephen Anderson) Leland Sklar has been non-stop since… Continue Reading

B.B. King’s Indianola Homecoming: The Last Time

Albert King, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sam Chatmon, Memphis Minnie, Charley Patton, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown,  Reverend “Blind” Gary Davis,  Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Ma Rainey, Elmore James, Sister Rosetta Tharp, T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins, Dave “Honeyboy” Edwards, Eddie “Son” House,  Lead Belly, Mississippi… Continue Reading