The 2018 Mississippi Songwriters Festival

An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen “Andy” Anderson “The gift of song has a unique power all unto itself while often providing a lasting effect on others. We can all name a song that has brought joy and, at times, a profound meaning in our lives. For every… Continue Reading

Sugarcane Jane: “Southern State of Mind’- Brand New Album Takes the Spotlight

An Article by Johnny Cole Music has the power to unite, inspire, mend and bring cause for celebration. The duo of Sugarcane Jane continues to entertain us with their motivating music deeply layered with those traits – a traditional positive message – organic and real. Sugarcane Jane, the husband-wife duo… Continue Reading

“A Trip to Eddie’s Attic for a Willie Sugarcapps Show” by Johnny Cole

The first time I had the privilege of seeing Willie Sugarcapps was directly after their self-titled debut release, “Willie Sugarcapps”, became available on vinyl. The show at The Soul Kitchen in Mobile, Alabama that evening was met with enthusiasm and excitement by an audience of loyal fans of this newly… Continue Reading

“Serabee Returns To The Gulf Coast at Satchmo’s” by Brenda Germany

For many, the mention of Kiln, MS brings to mind a certain well-known football hero. However, “The Kiln” as it is referred to locally, is also home to another resident of note, quite literally. Sera Buras, known professionally as Serabee, is a prolific songwriter, vocalist, and musician who achieved nationwide… Continue Reading

“Bill Abel – A Passion for the Blues” by Brenda Germany

“You know, you’d prefer to play for people who understand the Blues and are into it. When you’re playing for that group of people it’s kind of like a family, like they’re a part of it and it isn’t about the musician; it’s about the music itself. So, there’s a… Continue Reading

“Delta Smoke – On The Rise” by Brenda Germany

Like the haze that rises from a river delta field in the moonlit dampness of hot summer nights, Delta Smoke’s rich vocal harmonies fuse with haunting guitar and harmonica melodies to waft and swirl in the listener’s mind remaining there long after being heard. This recipient of the 2018 Nappie… Continue Reading

“The Line Appreciates Our Contributors” by Johnny Cole

The Southland Music Line began five years ago when Robby Amonett, Stephen Anderson and I set out to document our combined experiences as we continued a pilgrimage in search of great music across the South and abroad. Over the course of these few years we have, for a huge part,… Continue Reading

“Mobile Hosts Bill Daniel’s Punk Rock Photo Show” by Brenda Germany

If you’ve ever gazed into an old black and white photo and marveled at the grainy detail, chances are you were looking at a Kodak Tri-x print. First released in 1954, Kodak Tri-x film, like Kodachrome, helped define photojournalism in the latter half of the 20th Century and was expressly… Continue Reading

“The Award-Winning Mississippi Shakedown Returns to Ocean Springs” by Brenda Germany

Saturday night, thunder and lightning not only rolled across the sky in Ocean Springs, but also across the stage at Murky Waters. As the audience, sheltered from Mother Nature’s storm by the covered outdoor venue, gave enthusiastic attention to their performance, The Mississippi Shakedown created musical thunder and lightning with… Continue Reading