The Southland Music Line 2020 – A Year in Review

An Article by Johnny Cole | Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line began 2020 with high hopes and what looked to be a busy schedule ahead of us. We were now in our 7th year of celebrating music and this looked as if it was going to another… Continue Reading

Mississippi Blues Trail Series – Sonny Boy Williamson II in Helena

An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line continues its Mississippi Blue Trail Series as we spotlight one of the markers located in Helena, Arkansas. In 2019 while traveling to the world famous King Biscuit Blues Festival, photographer Stephen “Andy” Anderson, photographed an array of… Continue Reading

The Red Clay Strays – 2020 Music Artist of the Year

Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson Featuring guest contributors A familiar question asked to many in the Gulf Coast music community is “what up and coming Gulf Coast band should we be on the watch for?” In the last few years, the same answer is regularly given… Continue Reading

The Mississippi Songwriters Hall of Fame Welcomes Five New Inductees in 2020

An Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson One of the Deep South’s most popular music events is the annual Mississippi Songwriters Festival, which is primarily held in the beautiful Gulf Coast city of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. For us at The Southland Music Line, who travel the globe… Continue Reading

Music That You Should Definitely Hear in 2020

An Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson The year 2020 will be remembered for many things in addition to primarily causing difficulties in many aspects of our lives. The music industry has taken a hit due to the cancellations and postponements of many tours and live music… Continue Reading

Joshua Stephen Ward – Becoming Real

An Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson In early 2018 while enjoying a mutual friend’s show at a popular live music venue in Mobile, Alabama, I met Joshua Stephen Ward, a singer-songwriter from the area. During the break, we struck up a conversation when he mentioned that… Continue Reading

Libby Rae Watson – Consumed by the Blues

An Article by Brenda Germany “I didn’t plan to go ‘find’ the blues. The blues found me. I’ve been consumed by it for over 40 years. Like Sam Chatmon said, ‘The blues is my daily occupation!’ ” – Libby Rae Watson In all likelihood, many of us have memories of… Continue Reading

Laurie Anne Armour’s “Led by the Light” Shines Through!

An Article by Johnny Cole  |   Photos by Stephen Anderson Southern Alabama born, Laurie Anne Armour, nicknamed LA by her friends, first came to my attention during a songwriters’ round at The Peoples Room of Mobile (previously known as The Listening Room). LA had already released her debut EP “Ebb… Continue Reading

Music Will Find A Way – How Live Music Has Coped with the Coronavirus Crisis of 2020

An Article by Johnny Cole At the beginning of 2020, things seemed to be on track for another busy year at The Southland Music Line. Also, as someone who follows tours, events and festivals around the globe, it looked like I was going to be searching for breaks in a… Continue Reading