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  • Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line began the new year hoping things would be better for us all than the very difficult year of 2020. These hopes would be met with mixed outcome. Sadly, the many cancellations or postponements that occurred in 2020 continued for much of 2021, yet, live music and some events did make a gradual reappearance, often with a variety of…

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  • An Article By Johnny Cole & Juanita Smith Photos by Stephen Anderson Each year, The Southland Music Line’s management team along with a body of consultants and contributors choose an artist to be the “Music Artist of the Year”. Unlike our annual “Readers’ Choice Award”, this is entirely voted on by those listed above and not based solely on popularity. Past recipients of The Southland Music Line’s Music Artist of…

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  • 2021 Readers Choice Awards

    CLICK HERE TO VOTE On Dec. 1, 2021, The Southland Music Line’s staff & contributors announced our choice for 2021’s Music Artist of the Year. We chose Eric Erdman. NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO VOTE in our annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Results will be posted on Jan. 1, 2022. CLICK HERE TO VOTE (1 vote per person) Four Categories: 1. Who is your favorite music artist of 2021 from the…

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  • An Article by Johnny Cole On October 5, 2013, Stephen “Andy” Anderson, Robby Amonett and I officially launched The Southland Music Line. Our story began two years earlier when Rosco Bandana’s Jason Sanford introduced me to both Andy and Robby at Ben Kaufman’s Irish Coast Pub in Gulfport, MS. We quickly found that we had much in common and our friendship grew to what it is today. Shortly after our…

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  • An Article by Johnny ColePhotos by Stephen Anderson It is hard to believe that the Mississippi Songwriters Festival has just celebrated its 12th year. The annual songwriting event allows musicians from a variety of genres an opportunity to share their songs with others, a number of which have successfully been recorded by some of the industry’s most familiar names. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, last year’s event went virtual…

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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Featuring Comments by Fans of The Peoples Room of Mobile Six years ago, Jim Pennington, owner of The Peoples Room of Mobile, opened the doors to a brand new music establishment dedicated to enjoying live music without the distractions commonly experienced at most venues. The novelty of a “Listening Room” is nothing new, but is an option needed in thriving local…

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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Great music should be honored and cherished. The Southland Music Line is privileged to live in a region of the country where such music has a deep-rooted history and legacy admired by millions from around the globe. In my travels around the world, I’ve met people from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Japan and elsewhere who are enthusiastic to learn that…

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  • An Article by Brenda Germany Photos by Stephen Anderson Music and a starlit sky have long been considered an inviting combination. On March 13, 2021, the City of Gautier, Mississippi in partnership with the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance unveiled their new “Can’t Stop the Music Concert Series”. This inaugural concert, located on the spacious grounds of the former Singing River Mall, took full advantage of a beautiful night sky and great…

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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson In 2020, we at The Southland Music Line along with a growing audience of music fans began enjoying live stream programming that was being developed and produced by All This Entertainment, LLC, a Gulf Coast multimedia, production and marketing company that has been proving themselves as having a true vision of accessibility and connection for entertainers, musicians, venues and businesses alike.…

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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line began 2020 with high hopes and what looked to be a busy schedule ahead of us. We were now in our 7th year of celebrating music and this looked as if it was going to another year to remember….. well, for the most part it was definitely one to remember, but often for different reasons. In our…

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