5 Things We’re Buzzing About This Week

October 22, 2012 | By | Comments (3)

You love the South. You want to know all the cool, new things that are popping up around our region. That’s why every week we bring the the SL Hot List, a round-up of all the latest and greatest things to hit the scene.

Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. releases new album/ Photo courtesy Frank Maddocks

1. Your New Favorite Blues Rock Album. At 28, Austin-native Gary Clark, Jr. has already played for President Obama at the White House, hit the stage with B.B. King and Mick Jagger, and even had a small acting role in the musical drama Honeydripper. Tomorrow he makes his major label debut with Blak and Bluan album that is rockabilly, soul, blues, and roots wrapped up in a whole new package. Download “Numb” and “You Saved Me.”

2. A New Grisham Book. King of crime fiction John Grisham returns with The Racketeer, out tomorrow, about a lawyer imprisoned for money laundering and who has insider knowledge on the murder of a federal judge. We’re already placing bets on who will play the lead in the movie remake.

American Menswear READ WALL

Photo courtesy Read Wall

3. A Classic Menswear Collection. We are loving the all-American looks from recently launched D.C. brand READ WALL, made by a prep school grad with a knack for tailored sportswear—think fitted button-downs, waxed cotton jackets, and two-toned polos. It’s the perfect look for your boys this fall.

4. A Splashy New Hotel In South Beach. Just as the weather starts to chill, Miami rolls out its red carpet welcome for a wave of visitors looking to soak up the eternal sunshine. Making things all the more luxe is the opening of The James Royal Palm Hotel featuring a restaurant helmed by elite chefs, two swimming pools (with cabanas, of course), and rooms overlooking the Atlantic.

5. Southern Living Takes The Stage. Our literary editor, Kim Cross, and Southern Journal author, Rick Bragg, are heading to The Louisiana Book Festival on Saturday, October 27 at 3 p.m., to talk about our famous last-page read, “Southern Journal.” Kim and Rick will trace the history of the column and discuss the secret recipe for bringing it to life each month. Rick will be available afterward for signings.

If you can’t make it to the talk, check out Rick Bragg sharing his advice for writers.


  1. Evdokia

    Thanks, this is the worst thing I’ve read

    April 24, 2013 at 2:12 am
  2. T Taylor

    The write-up under the photo clearly says “it’s the perfect look for your BOYS”. I’m 51 and I don’t expect every single thing in the magazine to appeal to my age & taste. Turn the page!

    October 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm
  3. cris Ramsey

    A Classic Menswear Collection, I’m sorry, but Southern Living is featuring this in their magazine? I love your magazine, but who would be interested in that style. I’m a young 60 year old, but that is about the tackiest look ever. Where and who, except maybe a fourteen year old, is going to wear that. That would really go over well in the workplace if you work at the mall, or were you thinking the proper attire for an interview? Your magazine can do better than that. If you are desperate for new reading, I don’t think that is the answer. Since when did your average subscriber become the teen scene. I love your magazine for decorating, new recipes, etc.

    October 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

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