Homeplace: House Music

The modern Nashville home of Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill and his wife, Jessie Baylin, fuses rock and roll with real life

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First Listen: Brandi Carlile's "Murder in the City"

By Jessica MischnerSouthern SoundsFebruary 27, 2015

Straddling the line between country soul, gospel, and stadium rock, Brandi Carlile, is the kind of singer who doesn’t need amplification. Her clarion voice carries effortlessly—so much so, in fact, that on last fall's American “Pin Drop” tour, she decided to go completely unplugged: no amps, no mics. Accompanied by the tight harmonies of Tim and Phil Hanseroth—known as “The Twins”—Carlile played a mix of old and new songs, including a cover of the Avett Brothers’ “Murder in the City,” which became the unofficial anthem of the tour.

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The Master Gardener's Sketchbook

By CJ LotzBelow the LineFebruary 27, 2015

There’s this thing gardeners do. It’s a hopeful thing we do to make it through the winter. When temperatures drop and there’s little green to be seen, we outline our spring garden plots on paper while we thumb through seed catalogues. Because we crave color, freshness, growth.

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Gravy Podcast: The History of Derby Pie

By Jed PortmanSouthern SoundsFebruary 26, 2015

Ever tried Derby pie? To many Southerners the recipe for the gooey, bourbon-soaked dessert practically belongs to everyone. Alan Rupp would disagree. His grandparents Walter and Leaudra Kern created the recipe about sixty-five years ago, for the dessert menu at the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky. “If you wanted to get a hold of Derby Pie, you called Walter Kern’s name in the old phone directory,” he says.

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How to Make Chicken Mull

By Jed PortmanGood EatsFebruary 24, 2015

“I’ve been eating chicken mull from the time I could eat anything,” says Charlotte Griffin, the mayor of Bear Grass, North Carolina. In Martin County, people credit her grandfather with the simple porridge, thickened with crackers and seasoned with salt, pepper, and chile flakes.

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Mod Potters: The Next Generation of Southern Ceramics

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorFebruary 23, 2015

The South has long been home to celebrated ceramic artisans, from the late Mississippi legend Peter Anderson to North Carolina pottery star Matt Jones.

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How the South Does the Academy Awards

By Jessica MischnerA Southern FocusFebruary 21, 2015

From scene-stealing stage moments to some of history’s most-lauded films, the South has been a fixture at the Academy Awards since the ceremony’s inception in 1929. In fact, even the statuette can claim Southern roots: Oscar owes his 8½-pound form to a Louisiana-born sculptor named George Stanley.

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First Listen: Houndmouth’s “Otis”

By The EditorsSouthern SoundsFebruary 19, 2015

This is a busy week for the members of the Louisville, Kentucky–based band Houndmouth. The quartet kicks off their North American tour on the other side of the Ohio River with a show in Champaign, Illinois, tonight, before swinging South next month, hitting several prominent festivals including Texas's SXSW, Alabama’s Hangout, and Tennessee's Bonnaroo before wrapping up back in Kentucky at the Forecastle Festival in July. (Good thing they're making the rounds since their hometown record-release show at Louisville’s Brown Theatre on March 26 is already sold out.)

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Wearable Works of Art

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorFebruary 18, 2015

Thanks to advances in digital technology, more and more artists are translating their paintings, watercolors, ink drawings, and more into artful prints for fabrics—from textiles for upholstery to that Southern wardrobe staple: the silk scarf.

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The South's Other Favorite Tea

By Jed PortmanGood EatsFebruary 17, 2015

Russian Tea is not from Russia. At least, not Russian Tea as we Southerners know it. The giftable dry mix that is the stuff of countless mid-century community cookbooks dates back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when American urbanites sipped black tea with lemon and sugar in imitation of upper-class Russians. Within decades, so-called Russian Tea, which was by then often doctored with clove and cinnamon, washed down chicken salad and mixed nuts at meetings of bridge clubs and church groups across the South. In the transformative years following World War II, the basic formula of hot tea with citrus became a showcase for the convenience foods of the Space Age: Tang, powdered lemonade, instant tea. And there, at last, is the Russian Tea we all know and love—layered with love in a Mason jar, and tastefully tied with grosgrain or gingham.

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My Town (Mardi Gras Edition): Julia Reed's NOLA

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineFebruary 14, 2015

G&G contributor and High and Low columnist Julia Reed left New York City in 1991 on assignment to cover the Louisiana governor’s race in New Orleans. Twenty-four years, five books, and one home renovation later, she’s still calls the Crescent City home. The consummate hostess and self-avowed avid eater and drinker, Reed agreed to help us navigate the city during the height of Mardi Gras season—like a local. Her first piece of advice: “Pick a geographic location. And then abandon all hope of getting around except for on foot.” If you decide to stake your claim in the French Quarter this weekend, follow Reed’s lead.

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