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: 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

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival 2017

The contributors to The Southland Music Line frequent several music festivals throughout the year. Since the autumn of 2016, we have attended a number of such events including South By Southwest, 30A Songwriters, Coachella, Desert Trip, Summerfest, Bottle Rock, Arroyo Seco Weekend, Americana Fest, Classic East, British Summer Time at… Continue Reading

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival 2016: The Dream Survives A Flood

In recent years, Bogalusa has become home to one of the best and most welcoming music festivals in the Deep South. For three consecutive years, The Southland Music Line has been traveling to Bogalusa for the annual event. A long list of talent has graced the two stages in picturesque… Continue Reading

The Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival 2015: Another Exciting Year!

The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival was held for its fourth straight year in Bogalusa, LA on Fri., Sept. 25 – Sat., Sept. 26, 2015. The annual event is becoming somewhat of a tradition for The Southland Music Line to attend. We absolutely love what they are doing in Bogalusa… Continue Reading

Wes Lee: A True Disciple of the Blues – A Homecoming to a Listening Crowd

A few years ago, The Line’s photographer Stephen Anderson was the first of us to learn of bluesman and American roots musician Wes Lee. It was at a show at the famous Julep Room in Ocean Springs, MS. In 2014, we were fortunate enough to see Lee perform with fellow… Continue Reading

The Community of Bogalusa, LA Shows Us How It’s Done: The Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival 2014

For most of my life when thinking of the town of Bogalusa, LA, I knew it for a few things: Home of an Uncle Palmer, the birthplace of one of my best friends, and that the famous “Studio in the Country” was nearby. Those things, and the fact that Bogalusa… Continue Reading

Acoustic House Party & Traveling Road Show Comes To “Birdie’s Roadhouse” and Tours The South

Some music is meant to be performed at places like the famous “Birdie’s Roadhouse” just 10 miles north of Bogalusa, Louisiana on Hwy 21 and a few minutes from the famed “Studio in the Country”. On the evening of Sat. Aug. 2nd, 2014 it did seem, for a little while,… 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