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.
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 Blu, an 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.
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.