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  • By Deborah Chatham . Photos by Stephen Anderson . Edited by Johnny Cole The Southland Music Line delves into the life of a true blues legend, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, as part of our Mississippi Blues Trail Series. Born on June 28, 2015, in Shaw, Mississippi, Edwards was affectionately called Honeyboy by his older sister, a name that would stick with him throughout his illustrious career. His musical journey began at…

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  • By Deborah Chatham .Photos by Stephen Anderson .Edited by Johnny Cole . The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series at the marker recognizing Denise LaSalle, located near 102 Castleman Street west of Church Street in Belzoni, Mississippi. Born Ora Denise Allen, from humble beginnings, she was the youngest of eight children. Her parents were sharecroppers, and she picked cotton alongside them to help support the family. LaSalle…

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  • By Johnny Cole .Photos by Stephen Anderson . On the evening of Wednesday, February 7, 2024, singer-songwriter John Moreland returned to Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile, Alabama for a sold-out performance. It had been a few years since Moreland’s last visit to Callaghan’s, considered by many to be one of the best live music venues in the deep south. The Southland Music Line first had the privilege of seeing…

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  • By Deborah Chatham Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series at the marker recognizing Club Ebony at 404 Hannah Avenue in Indianola, Mississippi. Club Ebony has a long and storied history since its inception during the early days of the Chitlin’ Circuit. The term Chitlin’ Circuit indicated Black-run venues across the region during segregation. Johnny Jones first opened Club Ebony in 1948 to…

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  • MY FAVORITE CONCERTS AND LIVE MUSIC EVENTS IN 2023: ● 1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band “15 shows on European Leg of 2023 Tour” (Dusseldorf, Gothenburg, Oslo, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Vienna, Munich, Monza) ● 2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band “5 shows on 2nd U.S. Leg of 2023 Tour” (Chicago & E. Rutherford, NJ) ● 3. British Summer Time ft. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Billy Joel,…

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  • Bruce Springsteen – Favorite Music Artist of the Year; Favorite Concert Tour of the Year; Favorite Original Song from a Movie “Addicted To Romance” (from the motion picture She Came To Me). Johnny Cole’s 2023 Music Awards: ● MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (based on the 2023 World Tour) ● MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Bruce Springsteen ● FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: (a tie) Lucinda Williams, and…

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  • By Deborah Chatham Photos by Stephen Anderson Piney Woods Country Life School, located just 21 miles south of Jackson, Mississippi, hardly sounds like the name of a school based on music education. However, the school boasts a rich, historical connection to the education and development of many notable Mississippi music artists. The founder and first president of Piney Woods School, Laurence C. Jones, envisioned an educational program that emphasized classroom…

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  • By Deborah ChathamPhotographs by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line made a recent trip to the Mississippi Songwriters’ Festival – Delta Edition. We gained firsthand access to several blues artists and continued in our quest to explore and photograph blues markers for our Blues Trail series. If there is one thing we took away from this trip, it is that Mississippi may be the birthplace of the blues, but the blues…

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  • By Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Since 2019, The Mississippi Songwriters Hall of Fame has inducted and paid tribute to many of music’s premiere songwriting talent who have roots in the state that lays claim to being the “Birthplace of America’s Music.” On Thursday, September 21, 2023, the Hall of Fame honored its latest class of inductees, who joined a distinguished and stellar group of Mississippians who have already been inducted into the Hall…

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  • By Johnny ColePhotos by Stephen Anderson On the evening of Thursday, September 28, 2023, The Parlour On Lorraine was the setting for the inaugural “Secrets of the South Songwriters Series,” a live music event featuring three talented songwriters: Cary Laine, Katie Jones, and Summerlyn Powers. The “Secrets of the South Songwriters Series,” promoted by Terry McCormack and TFM Entertainment is the year-old brainchild of McCormack and Laine. It has the…

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