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  • A Review by Johnny Cole The song “Wasted Days” by John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen is by one of this year’s most anrticipated pairings, especially if you are fan of Sirius XM’s E Street Nation or recently attended this year’s Farm Aid. Both men achieved commericial heights during the 1980’s as they were able to tap into the lives of the blue-collar working-class living in the Ronald Reagan era of…

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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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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson There is something very special when a singer-songwriter can naturally connect with his or her audience. The ability to write a great song that others can relate to is a rewarding accomplishment. Summerlyn Powers, a talented singer-songwriter from Fairhope, Alabama, continues to blossom as someone with that admirable gift. I first heard Summerlyn a few years ago at The Mississippi Songwriters…

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  • An Article by Tom “Doc” Leytham Between Labor Day of 1976 and Memorial Day of 1978, I was a somewhat normal, but also fairly awkward teenager* who attended a small private school and an even smaller conservative church – both in Mobile, Alabama. (*Who am I kidding? I was just plain awkward.) Technically, I did not actually live in Mobile. I alternated between living with my parents on a pecan…

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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson After much anticipation, Lauren Murphy, singer-songwriter from the Alabama Gulf Coast with strong ties to the San Francisco Bay area, has officially released her latest album, “Psychedelics”. Following its December 2020 pre-release show, Murphy will now, rightfully, begin promoting it in 2021. In a previous review of Murphy’s music The Southland Music Line said “Lauren Murphy can always be found delighting…

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  • 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 markers: Cotton Pickin’ Blues, Delta Blues Museum, Ike Turner, Riverside Hotel, Sam Cooke, Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival, The New…

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  • 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, Samuel Cook (later known professionally as Sam Cooke, adding the “e” to his last name in 1957 to signify a new…

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  • 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 effect on the evolution of blues music. During the 1920’s to 1940’s Hopson Planting Co., originally established as Hopson Plantation…

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