Libby Rae Watson – Consumed by the Blues

An Article by Brenda Germany “I didn’t plan to go ‘find’ the blues. The blues found me. I’ve been consumed by it for over 40 years. Like Sam Chatmon said, ‘The blues is my daily occupation!’ ” – Libby Rae Watson In all likelihood, many of us have memories of… Continue Reading

The Lobby Lounge Concert Series – The Krickets Live

Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line loves learning about interesting places to enjoy live music. In the fall of 2019, while attending a show at The Peoples Room of Mobile (AL), I met Mark Myers, Harbor Center board chairman and co-creator of The… Continue Reading

Madison Grace – An Evolution of Songs & Style

Madison Grace, a singer/songwriter from Mobile, Alabama, first came to my attention a little more than two years ago following the release of her 2017 debut album, Equilibrium of Contradiction. I met her at The Listening Room of Mobile (now known as The Peoples Room of Mobile) on an evening… Continue Reading

The Peoples Room of Mobile – New Name, Same Listening Experience

An Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson Over the last several years since Jim Pennington opened the doors of The Peoples Room of Mobile (formerly known as The Listening Room of Mobile), The Southland Music Line has been enjoying this unique live music establishment. As its website… Continue Reading

The Southland Music Line 2019 – A Year in Review

Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson 2019 marks The Southland Music Line’s 6th year of celebrating great music. Over the past twelve months, we have continued our ongoing pilgrimage in search of more great music. Our staff in 2019 consisted of Johnny Cole (editor/writer), Stephen “Andy” Anderson… Continue Reading

Sugarcane Jane – 2019 Music Artist of the Year

An Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line loves devoting its time to spreading the word about the great music, venues and musicians that we are privileged to encounter during our travels around the globe, but primarily those from across the Deep South. The… Continue Reading

Mississippi Blues Trail Series: Mississippi John Hurt & The Mississippi John Hurt Homecoming Festival 2019

An article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson As we continue to explore the Mississippi Blues Trail, we come to the marker honoring the legendary Mississippi John Hurt, located near Avalon, Mississippi. Mississippi John Hurt (1893-1966) became famous after having been rediscovered during the American folk music revival… 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

Two Memorable Nights at The Listening Room – Chely Wright and Bryan White

An Article by Johnny Cole  |  Photos by Stephen Anderson When The Listening Room of Mobile opened its doors in 2015, Jim Pennington, owner and operator of the venue, stated he would rather throw everything into Mobile Bay before turning the place into a rowdy bar. Of course, Jim says… 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