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  • by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional Editing by Brenda Germany The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trails 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 Trails 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 Tom “Doc” Leytham“A Longtime Fan of the Band” The Red Clay Strays have released their debut album, Moment of Truth, and one would be hard pressed to find a more aptly named production. These young musicians from “Lower Alabama” have played together for the better part of five years wowing their fans with original music that gets you on the first listen. Or maybe “you get it” is a…

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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 Additional photos by Jody Campbell Not long ago, I had the privilege of catching Jay Megginson’s performance at Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS. I had previously seen Megginson perform as part of the duo, Barstow Revival, which was featured in a 2019 article by Brenda Germany here at The Southland Music Line. I first met Jay and his wife, Ragan, at…

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  • by Johnny Cole John Mellencamp’s highly anticipated studio album Strictly A One-Eyed Jack finally arrived in January of this year containing the new single “Did You Say Such A Thing”. While this newest release is his 25th studio album, Mellencamp has also had several more records released when you count his greatest hits, live and acoustic packages. This album is his first studio release since 2018’s Other People’s Stuff, an…

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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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  • ● 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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