Jerry Lee and Me

When the call came to write Jerry Lee Lewis's biography, Rick Bragg knew he couldn't say no

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Party Season Prep: The Perfect Hostess Gift

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorOctober 20, 2014

Nine years ago, Robbie and Angie Cook launched Hester & Cook, a collection of tabletop, kitchen, and home goods out of Nashville, Tennessee. Their products that take cues from Southern epicurean accouterment of the past, from sets of salvaged silver-plate serving utensils—much of it sourced from estate sales across the United States—to paper placemats emblazoned with vintage botanical drawings and custom-commissioned illustrations that double as art for the table.

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Two Ways to Use Your Leftover Game-Day Barbecue

By Jed PortmanGood EatsOctober 19, 2014

Real, wood-smoked barbecue requires serious quantity in order to make any sense. When prescribed cooking times range from several hours to overnight, you aren’t going to play around with a few chops—no. The twelve or thirteen active hours required to tenderize a whole hog with hot smoke pay off with enough delicious pork to feed the parents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and their friends, or a bunch of hungry tailgaters, with meat left over.

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Historical Harvest: Thomas Jefferson’s Sesame Seed

By CJ LotzBelow the LineOctober 17, 2014

In the rolling hills of central Virginia not far from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Estate, horticulturists are harvesting one special seed that traces back to the third president’s own collection: a tiny sesame seed that packs a punch of legacy.

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Casting Against Cancer

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthOctober 16, 2014

What do fly-fishing and breast cancer have to do with one another? For Dr. Benita Walton, a breast reconstructive surgeon and avid angler, the rhythmic overhand motion of casting seemed similar to the exercises she was prescribing patients after surgery and radiation. As she pondered the connection, she realized that, combined with the meditative nature of the sport, a weekend spent on the water alongside other women experiencing similar physical and emotional challenges related to breast cancer might offer better medicine than any script she could write.

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Forever Flowers

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorOctober 13, 2014

Flowers, by nature, are fleeting, but thanks to the photographs by Ashley Woodson Bailey, anyone can enjoy the beauty of iconic Southern blooms all year long.

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A Music-Filled Weekend

By The EditorsSouthern SoundsOctober 10, 2014

For the fourth year running, Zac Brown is bringing his musical menagerie to the Lowcountry. The line-up for the two-day Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, which begins Saturday, features G&G favorites such as: St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Darrell Scott, North Mississippi Allstars, Steep Canyon Rangers, Secret Sisters, and many more.

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Eat Wild: Pine-Roasted Potatoes

By Jed PortmanGood EatsOctober 10, 2014

The South is not lacking in native pines. From the longleaf to the slash pine, evergreens line byways from Florida to Kentucky. Given such abundance, you may not be surprised to learn that Southerners have eaten pine in various forms for generations. In the Myrtle Beach area, cooks in turpentine camps once boiled sweet potatoes in murky pine sap. The region’s pine bark stew may take its name from the bygone tradition of simmering it over a smoldering bed of aromatic pine bark, or even a nearly forgotten secret ingredient: pine root. And to the south, at McCrady’s restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, adventurous diners can now snack on pine-roasted potatoes, a seasonal addition to the bar menu.

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My Town: Shakey Graves' Austin, Texas

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineOctober 9, 2014

Austin, Texas-born musician Alejandro Rose-Garcia has lived stints in Los Angeles and New York City and spent countless hours on the road touring, but the blues rocker, earning a solid reputation and following under the stage name Shakey Graves, has always felt the pull of home. And in 2010, he returned to Austin for good. “I spent all of my boyhood here,” Rose-Garcia says. “Texas is home in a way that, well, there isn’t another equivalent to.” This month, he’ll release his second album, And the War Came, which means a lot more travel time, but before he packs his bags, we asked him to walk us through his perfect twelve (-ish) hours in Austin.

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Ten Outtakes from our October/November 2014 Issue

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusOctober 7, 2014

Although the fall issue of Garden & Gun was full of photographs we loved, we didn't have space for a handful of special images. Here is a look at ten of our favorite shots that didn't make it into print.

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Southern Sourcebook: Louise Gaskill Lighting

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorOctober 6, 2014

A memorable chandelier, lamp, or sconce can complete the interior design of a room in the same way that a compelling piece of jewelry can enliven even the simplest of outfits. Which is exactly why we were so curious about the provenance of the unusual chandelier in the photo below from the Savannah, Georgia, homeplace story in our October/November issue. As it turns out, the design is by a Southern lighting artisan: Louise Gaskill.

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