Mississippi Blues Trail Series – McComb: Summit Street and Bo Diddley

An Article by Brenda Germany  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional photos by Brenda Germany Nestled in the lush rolling landscape of Pike County in southwest Mississippi, the city of McComb lies just above the Louisiana state line. Its advantageous location of 100 miles north of New Orleans, 80 miles… Continue Reading

The Peoples Room of Mobile – New Name, Same Listening Experience

An Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson Over the last several years since Jim Pennington opened the doors of The Peoples Room of Mobile (formerly known as The Listening Room of Mobile), The Southland Music Line has been enjoying this unique live music establishment. As its website… Continue Reading

The Southland Music Line 2019 – A Year in Review

Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson 2019 marks The Southland Music Line’s 6th year of celebrating great music. Over the past twelve months, we have continued our ongoing pilgrimage in search of more great music. Our staff in 2019 consisted of Johnny Cole (editor/writer), Stephen “Andy” Anderson… Continue Reading

Sugarcane Jane – 2019 Music Artist of the Year

An Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line loves devoting its time to spreading the word about the great music, venues and musicians that we are privileged to encounter during our travels around the globe, but primarily those from across the Deep South. The… Continue Reading

Mississippi Blues Trail Series: Mississippi John Hurt & The Mississippi John Hurt Homecoming Festival 2019

An article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson As we continue to explore the Mississippi Blues Trail, we come to the marker honoring the legendary Mississippi John Hurt, located near Avalon, Mississippi. Mississippi John Hurt (1893-1966) became famous after having been rediscovered during the American folk music revival… Continue Reading

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival 2019

An article by Johnny Cole & Brenda Germany | Photos by Stephen Anderson We at The Southland Music Line have been attending the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival for six straight memorable years. Since September of 2014, we have enjoyed sensational music by such artists as Anders Osborne, Bobby Rush,… Continue Reading

Mississippi Songwriters Festival 2019 & Hall of Fame Induction of Paul Overstreet

An article by Johnny Cole & Connie Gibbs Photos by Stephen Anderson There is something very special about the connection between a song, its songwriter and those of us who embrace the music. It is one of the wonderful things that make songwriter inspired events both memorable and valuable. In… Continue Reading

12 Q&A Series: KneeOn Sisters – Colorful, Bright & In Flight

An Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson Earlier this year on the evening of Sunday, March 24, I was introduced to the music of Aerial Grace “A.G.” and Skyler Rose Smith, a.k.a. the KneeOn Sisters, at the Alabama venue, The Listening Room of Mobile. Prior to this… Continue Reading

Barstow Revival – Real Life

An Article by Brenda Germany  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson “But our trip was different. It was a classic affirmation of everything right and true and decent in the national character. It was a gross, physical salute to the fantastic possibilities of life in this country-but only for those with… Continue Reading

Mississippi Blues Trails Series – Pensacola Blues

An article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson The history of Pensacola, Florida dates back to its original site in 1559, six years prior to the founding of St. Augustine. Throughout Pensacola’s history, its importance to the region has been vital culturally, economically and politically. For centuries, immigrants… Continue Reading