The Lost Songs of Bob Dylan

By Jessica MischnerSouthern SoundsNovember 21, 2014

In his early days as a 1960s songwriter, Bob Dylan took inspiration from a wide range of musicians, including Southern legends such as Little Richard, Woody Guthrie, and Hank Williams. So when famed producer T. Bone Burnett—a Texan who toured with Dylan as a guitarist in the mid-70s and went on to coach a singing Reese Witherspoon for her Academy Award–winning portrayal of June Carter in Walk the Line—received a call from Dylan’s publisher about a box of unrecorded 1967 lyrics, he rose to the challenge.

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Heirloom Harvests: Up Close and Personal

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusNovember 21, 2014

Plants are usually prized for what’s on the outside: colorful blooms, leaves, or fruits. But Dornith Doherty is far more interested in what’s inside. Since 2008, the Dallas-based artist has created striking botanical photographs using X-ray machines. Her subjects? Seeds, seedlings, and plants in safe storage centers called “seed banks” around the world.

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Boudin: A Taste of Cajun Country

By David ThierGood EatsNovember 18, 2014

Whether eaten sitting on the hood or sucked out of its casing while searching for some easy-to-miss dirt road, the best accessory for boudin is a car. Often purchased from a convenience store, an over-air conditioned family-run butcher shop, or gas station, the French-named seasoned pork and rice sausage occasionally makes its way to upscale restaurants all over the country, but it’s still rare to see it outside of Louisiana, and preeminent American food writer Calvin Trillin has a notion why:

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First Listen: Robert Earl Keen’s Bluegrass Debut

By Jed PortmanSouthern SoundsNovember 18, 2014

If you know anything about Robert Earl Keen, you probably know that the man is a seasoned storyteller. His biggest hits have been meandering, sing-along narratives such as “The Road Goes On Forever” and “Merry Christmas from the Family.” On his next album, though, he doesn’t have a single songwriting credit to his name. Happy Prisoner is a collection of classic bluegrass tunes first performed by the likes of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. It won’t be out until February 10, but you can listen to the first song, “Hot Corn, Cold Corn,” right here. It’s a Flatt & Scruggs tune, and—well, without further ado, here are Robert Earl Keen’s thoughts on the song, and on the project as a whole.

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The Global South: Courtney Barton of Mela & Roam

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorNovember 17, 2014

Designer Courtney Barton didn’t expect to find herself chatting about her home state of Louisiana during a visit to the castle of the Maharaja in Udaipur, India, in the middle of the Holi Festival. “I struck up a conversation with the Maharaja’s daughter, the Princess, who was my age, and she was peppering me with questions about whether or not I was in shock from all the colors, people, food, and smells in India,” Barton remembers. “And I laughed and told her I was right at home because I grew up in Louisiana and India is like the Louisiana of the East—it’s also a culture based on food, family, and celebration. She laughed and told me she couldn’t agree with me more because she went to school at Tulane! It’s a small, small world when you make connections like that.”

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Threads of a Story

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusNovember 14, 2014

Few objects embody a story quite like a soft, worn, handed-down quilt. Take the tale of one traveling minister’s wife who collected appliqued fabric blocks from friends at every one of her husband’s churches in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. in the 1840s. To ease the strain of frequently moving, Frances Muse Eggleston sewed thirty-six signed fabric blocks into a memory album quilt top, the way a mother today might paste photographs to scrapbook pages.

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My Town: Holly Williams' Nashville, Tennessee

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineNovember 13, 2014

Singer-songwriter Holly Williams—the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. and the granddaughter of Hank Sr.—has called Music City home nearly all her life. “When I was growing up here there was really just downtown—not all these other amazing areas,” Williams says. “The change that has taken place in the city in the last five, ten years has been incredible to watch.” No mere bystander but an active participant in that growth, Williams opened high-end boutique H.Audrey and White’s Mercantile, a modern general store with everything from beautiful soaps to linens, cookbooks, and a grab-and-go grocery. And in just two weeks, she’ll launch White’s first e-marketplace. Somehow, she still manages to find time for her music. And when she does get the occasional day off, she walked us through exactly how she would spend it.

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Greg Baker's Encyclopedia of Florida Food

By Jed PortmanGood EatsNovember 11, 2014

If your knowledge of Florida food stops at stone crab and citrus, you’re not alone. Greg Baker, of the Refinery in Tampa, has been one of the first chefs in the state to celebrate a rich but  underexplored cuisine built by a diverse collection of characters from a crowded history: barbecue-loving natives, Spanish conquistadors, enslaved Africans, indentured servants from the Mediterranean, swamp-dwelling subsistence farmers, and many others. Next month, he’ll open Fodder & Shine, a restaurant inspired by the history of Florida food—especially the make-do staples of the so-called Florida Crackers, descendants of the state’s earliest white settlers. Expect to see some of these dishes and ingredients on the menu.

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Holiday Prep: Southern Centerpieces 3 Ways

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorNovember 10, 2014

With Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away (and menu planning already well underway), we asked a few of the South’s best event and floral designers to dream up fall centerpieces that were distinctly Dixie, from the containers used to the ingredients selected for each.

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First Look: Charleston's Newest Entertaining Space

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineNovember 7, 2014

Charleston’s booming Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood welcomes yet another tenant this month: Cannon Green. Considering the restaurant and event space hybrid is the brainchild of Dean and Lynn Andrews—the tireless creative force behind Zero George, the city’s chicest boutique hotel, Pippin Hill Vineyards in Charlottesville, and Easton Events, one of the country’s top wedding planners—and Holy City floral designer Anne Bowen Dabney, we’d be willing to wager Cannon Green will book up fast with locals and visitors alike.

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