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  • Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line began the new year hoping things would be better for us all than the very difficult year of 2020. These hopes would be met with mixed outcome. Sadly, the many cancellations or postponements that occurred in 2020 continued for much of 2021, yet, live music and some events did make a gradual reappearance, often with a variety of…

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  • ● 1. “An Evening with Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: One Last Time” at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY * Tony Bennett’s final concert (Aug. 5) ● 2. Lady Gaga “Jazz & Piano” 2021 – Las Vegas Residency at Park MGM in Las Vegas, NV (I was able to see Lady Gaga during her previous run of Las Vegas shows in 2019 (Oct. 14) ● 3.…

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  • MY ANNUAL AWARDS: ● MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Kacey Musgraves; Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga (tie) ● MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Aaron Lee Tasjan; Bruce Springsteen (tie) ● FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Kacey Musgraves; Lady Gaga (tie) ● DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga ● MUSIC COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: ABBA (released their first album of new material in 40 years, received…

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  • An Article By Johnny Cole & Juanita Smith Photos by Stephen Anderson Each year, The Southland Music Line’s management team along with a body of consultants and contributors choose an artist to be the “Music Artist of the Year”. Unlike our annual “Readers’ Choice Award”, this is entirely voted on by those listed above and not based solely on popularity. Past recipients of The Southland Music Line’s Music Artist of…

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  • On Sat. Oct. 23rd, The Southland Music Line’s Stephen Anderson attended the annual Mullet Festival in Gautier, MS. Anderson enjoyed photographing several features of the event including the popular mullet toss contest and live music performances by Christina Christian, Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet and The Knee On Sisters. Mullet Festival 2021 Christina Christian w/ Derek Jones, Ethan Snediger & Jonathan Newton Christina Christian Christina Christian Christina Christian Jonathan Newton Mullet…

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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Recently, I attended a youth songwriters showcase at The Mississippi Songwriters Festival that featured a number of talented young performers including several around the ages of 19, 20 or 21. It’s easy to forget that some of the biggest names in music history came into the public’s eye at a similar age. The following list of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees first achieved…

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  • Chaislyn, recently awarded “Fan Favorite” at this year’s nationally recognized Great River Folk Festival’s songwriting contest, has become one of our favorites at The Southland Music Line. We first met Chaisyln at 2019’s Mississippi Songwriters Festival in Ocean Springs, MS. Her award-winning song “Carole” was one of our favorite songs of 2019 (The Line’s Johnny Cole had it tied at #1 with Bruce Springsteen’s “There Goes My Miracle” ). Since our…

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  • An Article by Brenda Germany Photos by Stephen Anderson Jackson, Mississippi is home to an amazing total of thirteen Blues Trail markers. As we continue our series of investigating the many outstanding places recognized for their contributions to the blues, the Summers Hotel and Subway Lounge are our destinations in this article. The Summers Hotel was remarkable in several ways. It was one of two hotels available to African American…

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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson From Elvis Presley to Jimmy Buffett, the Mississippi Gulf Coast has had a long and impressive history associated with great music. It doesn’t take long to discover a variety of things that have helped shape this exciting music scene. In 2013, The Southland Music Line was officially founded at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Since forming we have enjoyed…

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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trails Series as we recognize the marker honoring multiple award-winning blues musician Bobby Rush. The 87 year old Rush continues to perform and be praised for his work. Earlier this year, his album Rawer than Raw won the Grammy award for Best Traditional Blues Album, only four years after his album Porcupine Meat won in…

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