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

Truitt Williams – Words to Live By

An Article by Brenda Germany  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson “God respects me when I work. But He loves me when I sing.”, Rabindranath Tagore The Line recently visited with a well known Gulf Coast musician who speaks fondly of a treasured plaque that hangs in his home. Written on… Continue Reading

Two Memorable Nights at The Listening Room – Chely Wright and Bryan White

An Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson When The Listening Room of Mobile opened its doors in 2015, Jim Pennington, owner and operator of the venue, stated he would rather throw everything into Mobile Bay before turning the place into a rowdy bar. Of course, Jim says… Continue Reading

Mississippi Blues Trail Series – Natchez & Ferriday

An Article by Brenda Germany  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson It is often said that there are two sides to every story. This is undeniably true of Mississippi’s “Bluff City”, Natchez. The Southland Music Line visited Natchez to explore more of the Mississippi Blues Trail in addition to discovering both… Continue Reading