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  • By Johnny Cole .Photos by Stephen Anderson .Edited by Deborah Chatham . After lots of work and years of extensive planning, The Sound Amphitheater in Gautier, Mississippi, finally enjoyed its grand opening on Friday, April 12, 2024, with KC and The Sunshine Band as its featured music artist. The Sound Amphitheater is located at 3855 Dolphin Drive, north of where the Singing River Mall previously stood, and is part of…

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  • CLICK HERE for page one and the article “The Sound Amphitheater Comes Alive on a Beautiful Evening in Gautier, Mississippi” (and more photos from this very special event) Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Mayor Casey Vaughan City Manager Paula Yancey Nathan Baugh, Pres. of 46 Entertainment Gautier High School Choir Gautier High School Band Resurrection High School Choir KC and The Sunshine Band It’s Time to Boogie KC’s official…

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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 There have been many iconic female figures in pop music history, but only one truly deserves the title of “The Queen of Pop,” and that is Madonna Louise Ciccone. No other music artist in history has evolved and successfully reinvented themself as often as Madonna. With a career spanning more than four decades, Madonna has accomplished everything she set out to do in the early 80s. During…

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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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  • Compiled by Johnny Cole . Next Page >1 | 2 | 3 The Rolling Stones, the most enduring band in rock & roll history, are back with a brand new studio album of new material. They released Hackney Diamonds on October 20, 2023, to positive reviews, while debuting at #1 in multiple countries around the globe. Their single “Angry” will likely be listed as my top song of 2023. What The…

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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 Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Recently while discussing Summerlyn Power’s song “Healing Like I Am” with a multiple Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, he expressed how much he enjoyed her unique approach to an atypical song about a breakup. Interestingly, the song recognizes the hurt, heartbreak, and healing on both sides of the equation. As Powers light-heartedly describes it “the nicest breakup song ever written.” For the most part, she very…

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  • By Johnny ColePhotos by Stephen Anderson How a great song comes to light can be both a fascinating and rewarding process that occasionally comes quickly, but more often takes a journey of its own with hopes of resonating with others. The Gulf Coast has an amazing list of gifted and creative songwriters. Many of them have received widespread recognition for their original music. Several popular songwriters festivals that spotlight this…

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