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

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

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

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

Mississippi Blues Trail Series – Hattiesburg & Laurel

By Johnny Cole | Photos by Stephen Anderson Our journey tracing the world-renowned Mississippi Blues Trail now takes us to the state’s Pinebelt region and in particular, the cities of Hattiesburg and Laurel. In the early summer of 2019, we decided to visit the three markers in these cities deemed… Continue Reading

Mississippi Blues Trail Series: Jackson County Blues – Moss Point, Pascagoula & Ocean Springs

An Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson When traveling Highway 90 from Mobile, Alabama in the direction of New Orleans, an enthusiastic fan of the Blues can easily find a host of interesting landmarks along the Mississippi Gulf Coast with deep roots in this cherished musical art… Continue Reading

Mississippi Blues Trail Series: 100 Men D.B.A. Hall – Bay St. Louis

An Article by Brenda Germany  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson Beginning this month, The Southland Music Line will debut an original series of MS Blues Trail articles and photo collections exploring well known and even a few off-the-beaten-path locations along the Blues Trail. First unveiled in 2006 by the MS… 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

Americana in Mississippi Tour Featuring The Jericho Road Show

Two years ago, The Southland Music Line featured an article highlighting the music of Rambling Steve Gardner, Libby Rae Watson, Bill Steber, and Wes Lee. This talented group of acclaimed Blues and American Roots musicians are compositely known as The Jericho Road Show. The 2014 Tour “Acoustic House Party &… Continue Reading

From A Small Mississippi Bayou to The Rest of the World – Jimmy Buffett is Honored by His Birthplace of Pascagoula, MS

On a Saturday afternoon in September of 2015, Buffett returned to his birthplace, where the the town of Pascagoula honored him with the dedication of a small, yet significant bridge that crosses over the murky waters of Baptiste Bayou as it flows through the Mississippi Sound and into the Gulf… Continue Reading