The Southland Music Line: So Far in 2022

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, The Southland Music Line attended some outstanding live entertainment and reported about a variety of music themed topics in the weeks that followed.

We visited a wide range of live music venues in early 2022, including Ground Zero Blues Club in Biloxi, MS and the historic Ritz Theatre in West Point, MS. These are several of the other regional venues where we enjoyed attending shows: Jack’s by the Tracks, Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, Club 61 @ The Elks, Grand Magnolia Ballroom, The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm, Joe Jefferson Playhouse, The Juke Joint, The Julep Room, Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center, Murky Waters, The Peoples Room of Mobile, The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, Under The Oaks, Walter Anderson Museum of Art and more.

Top Photo: Bobby Rush at Ground Zero Blues Club in Biloxi, MS  (Feb. 18, 2022); Above Photo: Swamp Hippies’ Medicine Show at The Juke Joint in Ocean Springs, MS  (Feb. 12, 2022)

By the end of May, 2022 we shared over 30 new photo collections by Stephen “Andy” Anderson with our readers. Each photo collection is a joint project between Andy and I. Together, we decide which photos we want to share with our readers, then I design, edit and post the pages of each collection. Plus, a number of the collections have featured introductions.

As for articles, we came out of the gate in 2022 at a very busy pace. Some of the people, places and things we have written about in the first five months of this year include: The Black Prairie Blues Museum, Jay Megginson, John Calvin Abney, an album review of John Mellencamp’s Strictly A One-Eyed Jack, Music and the Crossroads with Scott Barretta and Robert B. Mortimer, Photography of Euphus Ruth, Red Young, and Royal Horses. We have also continued our Mississippi Blues Trail Series with articles and photos about the markers honoring Bentonia Blues, Howlin’ Wolf, and Peavey Electronics. All of the above were written and edited by myself and Brenda Germany with photos by Stephen “Andy” Anderson.

For the second year in a row, Tom “Doc” Leytham contributed an article to The Southland Music Line. This time it was a review of The Red Clay Strays’ new album, Moment of Truth.

Royal Horses “Live at The Shed” A painting by Robby Amonett (Apr. 2, 2022)

And most recently, I published an extensive list with commentary of my all-time favorite music venues (so far) since 1973, the year I saw Elvis Presley in concert at the Mobile Municipal Auditorium (my very first concert).

It is hard to decide which shows rank as our early favorites of 2022. Dale Watson and His Lone Stars at The Peoples Room of Mobile in Mobile, AL and Bobby Rush at Ground Zero Blues Club in Biloxi, MS would have to be considered among others.

Obviously, I attended some additional concerts and live music events (Cruel World Festival, Father John Misty’s album release, Joe Jackson, Love Rocks NYC, Tears for Fears, etc.), but this article strictly pertains to what The Southland Music Line has shared at our website and regionally done together as a team.

The Southland Music Line is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting music from across the Gulf Coast region. It is a true honor working alongside Stephen “Andy” Anderson, Robby Amonett and Brenda Germany. We do this because we love music and sharing our enjoyment of it with others. As we continue our 9th year, we hope to provide our readers with fresh, interesting content and the encouragement to spread the word about the music being featured.

Billy Allen at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile, AL (Apr. 9, 2022)

Also added in 2022: a substantial number of photos featured at The Southland Music Line are NOW available to view on Instagram. Click Here to Follow Us on Instagram.

These are the articles and photo collections that we have shared since Jan. 1, 2022:

The Articles:

Photo Collections:

Lightnin’ Malcolm at Ground Zero Blues Club in Biloxi, MS (Feb. 18, 2022)

Abe Partridge at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile, AL (Mar. 27, 2022)

Johnny Sansone at Ground Zero Blues Club in Biloxi, MS (May 26, 2022)

Red Young Trio at Club 61 @ The Elks in Mobile, AL (Mar. 28, 2022)

Flow Tribe’s K.C. O’Rorke at Free Flowin’ Fest in Pascagoula, MS (May 7, 2022)

Dale Watson at The Peoples Room of Mobile in Mobile, AL (Mar. 6, 2022)

Grayson Capps and Sarah Lee Guthrie at The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, AL (Apr. 17, 2022)

Robby Amonett at The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, AL (Apr. 17, 2022)

Bellamy Brothers at The Grand Magnolia Ballroom in Pascagoula, MS (Feb. 17, 2022)

Nerf the World’s Brooks Hubbert at The Juke Joint in Ocean Springs, MS (Feb. 12, 2022)

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