Editor’s Choice

  • CLICK HERE TO VOTE On Dec. 1, 2022, The Southland Music Line’s staff & contributors announced our choice for 2022’s Music Artist of the Year.  This year we chose Blue Mother Tupelo. NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO VOTE in our annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Results will be posted on Jan. 1, 2023. If any problems with link, YOU CAN ALSO SEND VOTES TO JOHNNY@THESOUTHLANDMUSICLINE CLICK HERE TO VOTE (1 vote per person)…

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  • This year marked the return of the highly popular Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa, Louisiana, an event that The Southland Music has enjoyed attending since 2014. After two years of the pandemic, it was nice to reacquaint with one of our favorite events that we have written several articles about and published numerous photos since we began attending the festival. This year’s Friday evening schedule…

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  • by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional editing by Brenda Germany The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series at the marker recognizing the Edwards Hotel at 235 Capitol Street in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. One of Jackson’s historically most famous hotels is also the site of performances by legendary music artists and several early blues and gospel recordings. The location of this hotel has a long history…

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  • by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional editing by Brenda Germany The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series at the marker recognizing the Alamo Theatre at 333 North Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Prior to 1949, the theatre occupied two previous locations in the area, first at 134 North Farish Street in 1915 and later at 123 West Amite Street, just off Farish, in the 1920s.…

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  • By Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional editing by Brenda Germany It’s that time of year again….a time when fans of great songwriting come together on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to celebrate and enjoy original music. On the dates of Thursday, September 15 through Sunday, September 18, 2022, The Mississippi Songwriters Festival will be returning for its 13th exciting year with songwriters from Mississippi, “The Birthplace of America’s Music”,…

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  • by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional Editing by Brenda Germany The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series at the marker recognizing Meridian, Mississippi’s history of outstanding Rhythm & blues and soul music. The individuals who helped shape this history have been major contributors to the region’s deep African American musical heritage, extending the legacy also molded by gospel, jazz and traditional blues artists. We have…

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  • by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional Editing by Brenda Germany The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series in Meridian, Mississippi at the marker recognizing the great Jimmie Rodgers. We have visited several markers from this area of the state in 2022 and written articles spotlighting the markers dedicated to Howlin’ Wolf and Peavey Electronics. The Mississippi Blues Trail marker honoring the legendary Jimmie Rodgers, “The…

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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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