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  • Compiled by Johnny Cole Photos by Johnny Cole & Stephen Anderson I was recently asked “if you had to make a list of your all-time favorite music venues, which ones would top that list?” Surprisingly, I had never made such a list, though it sounded like a fun thing to do. I knew it wouldn’t be an easy task since I have attended shows at nearly a thousand different venues…

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  • by Johnny ColePhotos by Stephen AndersonFeatured Photo by Brian Smith The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trails Series in Clay County, Mississippi at the marker recognizing the great Howlin’ Wolf. Earlier this year, The Southland Music Line chief photographer, Stephen “Andy” Anderson, traveled to the Black Prairie Blues Museum which honors Howlin’ Wolf, one of the state’s all-time most famous musicians. Blues great, Howlin’ Wolf, was born Chester…

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  • By Brenda Germany Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional Editing by Johnny Cole “Peavey is the sound of the Mississippi juke joint. That’s our sound and we take it around the world.” – Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars Meridian, MS, the state’s sixth-largest city and the county seat of Lauderdale County, lies approximately 100 miles due east of the state capital, Jackson, and is home to three Mississippi Blues…

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  • By Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Art by Robby Amonett Additional Editing by Brenda Germany On Saturday evening, April 2nd of 2022, Royal Horses took a packed house on a ride that provided a lesson in how a rock & roll show should ultimately be during these crazy times. For the last few years, The Southland Music Line has been following Royal Horses with growing appreciation. We have seen…

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  • Abe Partridge with special guest Andrew Adkins at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile, AL (Sun. Mar. 27, 2022) Photos by Stephen “Andy” Anderson (Introduction and page editing by Johnny Cole) Abe Partridge, a Mobile native son, renowned singer, wordsmith and folk artist, made his triumphant return to Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, one of Mobile, Alabama’s most popular music destinations on Sun. Mar. 27, 2022. Partridge has been featured in…

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  • The Gulf Coast continues to grow as a destination for fans of spectacular live music. The region is home to a wealth of talented music artists and outstanding music venues. One of its newest venues, Under the Oaks, is quickly gaining recognition for its beautiful setting and top-notch shows. Located on Barner Road in Foley, Alabama, Under The Oaks is owned by John McCombs with shows hosted by Sugarcane Jane,…

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  • Dale Watson & His Lone Stars at The Peoples Room of Mobile in Mobile, AL (Sun. Mar. 6, 2022) Photos by Stephen Anderson (Page designed & edited by Johnny Cole) Dale Watson & His Lone Stars Kitty Jack at The Peoples Room Dale Watson & His Lone Stars Dale Watson & His Lone Stars Red Clay Strays’ Drew Nix visiting with the band before show Drew Nix visiting with Dale…

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  • Swamp Hippies’ Medicine Show at The Juke Joint in Ocean Springs, MS featuring Nerf the World, Royal Horses, Grits & Greens and more! (Sat. Feb. 12, 2022) “Let Music Heal Your Soul” – Photos by Stephen Anderson (Page designed & edited by Johnny Cole) The Juke Joint in Ocean Springs, MS The Juke Joint in Ocean Springs, MS The Juke Joint in Ocean Springs, MS Ross Graham & Taylor Cook…

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  • By Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Edited by Brenda Germany Approximately eleven years ago, Rosco Bandana’s Jason Sanford introduced me to a young musician from Oklahoma named John Calvin Abney. When Abney was on the Gulf Coast during those early years of knowing him, he would often perform at such places as Ben Kaufman’s Irish Coast Pub in Gulfport, MS or Mezo’s (now the Juke Joint) in Ocean Springs,…

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  • By Brenda GermanyPhotos by Stephen AndersonPage Design by Johnny Cole “The Bentonia style is one of the most haunting sounds in all of blues. Its blend of minor-key tuning and bleak, forlorn lyrics create a music that manages to be both enthralling and heartbreaking at the same time.”– Jeff Konkel (Broke and Hungry Records, St. Louis) It is clear that crossroads have played a recurring role throughout the story of…

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