Mississippi Blues Trail Series – Delta Blues Museum and the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival

An Article by Brenda Germany   |    Photos by Stephen Anderson Just an hour south of Memphis, at the legendary Crossroads of MS Hwy 61 and Hwy 49 lies the blues steeped city of Clarksdale, Mississippi. This historic delta city is home to an amazing total of ten Mississippi Blues Trail… Continue Reading

Mississippi Blues Trail Series: Sam Cooke – Clarksdale

An Article by Johnny Cole | Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trails Series in Clarksdale, Mississippi at the marker recognizing the great Sam Cooke. The legendary music artist would have celebrated his 90th birthday on January 22nd of this year. Born in 1931,… Continue Reading

Mississippi Blues Trail Series – Cotton Pickin’ Blues

An Article by Brenda Germany Photos by Stephen Anderson Cotton Pickin’ Blues (listed on the Mississippi Blues Trail website as Hopson Planting Co.) highlights one of the most prominent factors in the “Great Migration” of African Americans from the rural South to the North in search of employment and its… Continue Reading

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