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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional Editing by Brenda Germany On Thursday, September 15, 2022, the Mississippi Songwriters Hall of Fame held their annual induction ceremony at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs, MS for the 2022 honorees, which included Bobbie Gentry, Clay Mills, Conway Twitty, Hank Cochran, Robert Johnson and this year’s Contributors Award Recipient, Tommy Crawford. This fine class of…

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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 Art by Robby Amonett Editing by Brenda Germany Thankfully, 2022 has gotten off to a very good start at The Southland Music Line with multiple articles and photo collections. After two long years of the pandemic, it’s great being able to attend more shows and live music events. Although we did experience some cancellations of events and shows at the beginning of year,…

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  • Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional Editing by Brenda Germany What do Sonny & Cher, Joan Armatrading, Freddy Fender, Kinky Friedman, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Juice Newton, Linda Ronstadt with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Lloyd Price, and Marcia Ball have in common? The multi-talented keyboardist, Red Young, has worked with each of them. In fact, Young has for many years performed and recorded with quite a few…

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  • By Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional editing by Brenda Germany The Southland Music Line has recently attended several fascinating events across the state of Mississippi. On Saturday, February 26, Stephen Anderson (The Line’s chief photographer) traveled to the charming and historic city of West Point, which along with Starkville and Columbus, makes up the Golden Triangle region of Mississippi. This area with its deep and interesting musical background…

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  • Grand Magnolia Music Presents Marcia Ball Live at Hilton Garden Inn in Pascagoula, MS (Fri. Mar. 4, 2022) Photos by Stephen Anderson (page designed and edited by Johnny Cole) Hilton Garden Inn (Pascagoula, MS) Marcia Ball “Live in Pascagoula, MS” Marcia Ball “Live in Pascagoula, MS” Marcia Ball “Live in Pascagoula, MS” Marcia Ball “Live in Pascagoula, MS” Marcia Ball “Live in Pascagoula, MS” Marcia Ball “Live in Pascagoula, MS”…

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  • A photo collection highlighting the February 18, 2022 “Grand Opening’ of the Ground Zero Blues Club – Biloxi featuring Bobby Rush, Lightnin’ Malcolm & R.L.  Boyce and Sharde Thomas & the Rising Star Band. Photos by Stephen Anderson (page designed & edited by Johnny Cole) Next Page > Grand Opening of Ground Zero Ground Zero Blues Club – Biloxi The Official Ribbon Cutting Oliver Luckett at Ribbon Cutting Sharde Thomas…

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  • By Brenda Germany Photos by Stephen Anderson Designed & Edited by Johnny Cole On January 29, 2022, Southland Music Line photographer, Stephen Anderson, attended the “Music and the Crossroads” presentation at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) in Ocean Springs, MS. This portion of their outstanding series showcasing the many forms of art that spring from Mississippi focused on the Delta blues’ connection to the mystical “themes of death…

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  • By Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Edited by Brenda Germany The Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi continues to bring numerous outstanding exhibitions and events to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. On January 8 of this year, the museum hosted Euphus Ruth’s “Photography: Language of the Dead”. The promo for this event read: “Venture into the spirit realm with photographer Euphus Ruth and explore the history behind…

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  • By Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Edited by Brenda Germany Approximately eleven years ago, Rosco Bandana’s Jason Sanford introduced me to a young musician from Oklahoma named John Calvin Abney. When Abney was on the Gulf Coast during those early years of knowing him, he would often perform at such places as Ben Kaufman’s Irish Coast Pub in Gulfport, MS or Mezo’s (now the Juke Joint) in Ocean Springs,…

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