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. Imogene + Willie’s new home line. Nashville’s favorite denim purveyors and arbiters of style, Imogene + Willie just launched a home goods line that is just as cool as its heritage-inspired fashion. We’re loving the black clay serveware and Turkish towels—perfect for a weekend of entertaining at the lake.
2. Atlanta’s best cocktail class. Learn to mix drinks like a James Beard Foundation Award-nominated bartender during Holeman & Finch Public House Academy of Bartending Series. The first class at Buckhead’s H&F Bottle Shop sold out, so sign up for the next class, Saturday June 8th, by emailing email@example.com.
3. George Strait’s landmark release. Just as the country music legend is set to turn 61 on Saturday, fans are lobbying to get his latest single “Give It All We Got Tonight” to the number one spot on music charts. The song, part of Strait’s new album Love Is Everything out tomorrow, would be his 60th number one song. You can join on the “Sixty for Sixty” campaign on Facebook and on Twitter and Instagram using #60for60.
4. A Southern-bred trunk show. Southern Designer Collections, an incubator for made-in-the-South fashion and home companies, hosts a trunk show featuring 15 designers at Aldridge Gardens in Birmingham tomorrow, May 14. Shop dresses, accessories, and decorating wares from brands such as Blo Vintage, Suzseams hats, and Uncorked Glass Company; and enjoy meet-and-greets with the designers and giveaways throughout the day.
5. The South’s favorite beachfront music festival. The 4th annual Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores kicks off on Friday with acts such as Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, and Jason Isbell playing beachside for three days of sun and fun in South Alabama. This year, for the first time, the festival goes national with live steams of concerts featured on VH1, MTV, and CMT. Just another feather in the hat for the explosion of Southern music sweeping the country.