The Mississippi Songwriters Hall of Fame Welcomes Five New Inductees in 2020

An Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson One of the Deep South’s most popular music events is the annual Mississippi Songwriters Festival, which is primarily held in the beautiful Gulf Coast city of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. For us at The Southland Music Line, who travel the globe… Continue Reading

Jacks By The Tracks Looks to the Future

By Brenda Germany Photos by  Stephen Anderson & Brenda Germany Descriptions such as “one of a kind”, “welcoming” and “not-to-be-missed” from visitors and locals alike attest to the well deserved reputation Jack’s By The Tracks in Pascagoula, MS has earned as one of the Gulf Coast’s favorite restaurants and nightspots.… Continue Reading

Mississippi Songwriters Festival 2019 & Hall of Fame Induction of Paul Overstreet

An article by Johnny Cole & Connie Gibbs Photos by Stephen Anderson There is something very special about the connection between a song, its songwriter and those of us who embrace the music. It is one of the wonderful things that make songwriter inspired events both memorable and valuable. In… Continue Reading

Truitt Williams – Words to Live By

An Article by Brenda Germany  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson “God respects me when I work. But He loves me when I sing.”, Rabindranath Tagore The Line recently visited with a well known Gulf Coast musician who speaks fondly of a treasured plaque that hangs in his home. Written on… Continue Reading

Mississippi Blues Trail Series: Harrison County Blues – Biloxi, Gulfport & Pass Christian

An Article by Johnny Cole | Photos by Stephen Anderson Traveling along coastal U.S. Highway 90 in Harrison County, Mississippi in 2019, things have noticeably changed through the years. Gone are the many seafood factories, small mom & pop souvenir businesses and motor inns, now replaced with luxurious casinos, high… Continue Reading

Molly Thomas & The Rare Birds – Time for These Wings to Fly

An article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson Through the years, there has always been a select group of bands and music artists that have caught my attention more than usual. In the recent past, I anxiously waited for what was next from such artists as Escondido, Larkin… Continue Reading

Luther Dickinson’s Third Annual Tribute to Walter Anderson’s “Seven Climates”

An article by Brenda Germany Photos by Stephen “Andy” Anderson “I was just obsessed with the inspiration that art gave me. I’ll be working on it for the rest of life – I’ll always be working on it.” Mississippi Hill Country Blues guitarist and vocalist Luther Dickinson, of the famed… Continue Reading

The 2018 Mississippi Songwriters Festival

An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen “Andy” Anderson “The gift of song has a unique power all unto itself while often providing a lasting effect on others. We can all name a song that has brought joy and, at times, a profound meaning in our lives. For every… Continue Reading

“Bill Abel – A Passion for the Blues” by Brenda Germany

“You know, you’d prefer to play for people who understand the Blues and are into it. When you’re playing for that group of people it’s kind of like a family, like they’re a part of it and it isn’t about the musician; it’s about the music itself. So, there’s a… Continue Reading

A Memorable Weekend at the Mississippi Songwriters Festival 2017

The gift of song has a unique power all unto itself while often providing a lasting effect on others. We can all name a song that has brought joy and, at times, a profound meaning in our lives. For every song, there is that person or persons who has poured… Continue Reading