Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. The Band Perry’s new album. Sibling trio The Band Perry releases its second album, Pioneer, tomorrow. The songs—a mix of amped up rock athems and heartfelt country ballads—will be the perfect soundtrack to summer.
2. The world’s biggest songwriter festival. Nashville’s songwriter talent is on full display during the 21st Annual Tin Pan South (April 2-6). The all-songwriters music festival hosts more than 300 artists at some of the best venues in town such as The Bluebird Café and Station Inn.
3. North Carolina’s Inaugural Beer Celebration. NC’s first-ever beer month kicks off today celebrating the state’s booming craft beer business with pairing dinners, beer-cooking classes, and festivals across the state. Also on the roster—the release of a slew of new brews including General Lenoir’s Old Ale, which Howard Brewing in Lenoir is making from a Revolutionary War hero’s handwritten recipe, and Up On the Sun, a Belgian-style saison from Birdsong Brewing in Charlotte.
4. Birmingham’s Darter Festival. The watercress darter is a fish that lives only in Central Alabama. On Saturday, April 6, the Southern Environmental Center hosts a festival at Railroad Park to celebrate the fish with kite-flying, seafood served up by the Fish Market, and the debut of Good People Brewing’s new beer named after said fish.
5. Atlanta’s Charity Food Truck. Chef Ford Fry (of JCT Kitchen, The Optimist, and No. 246 in Atlanta) partnered with City of Refuge for the People’s Food Truck, a non-profit mobile eatery with a Delta-centric menu of hot tamales, tacos, and po’boys. All proceeds go toward community service projects. Look out for an official debut at the Refuge Run 5k on April 27.