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. Austin’s growing fried chicken empire. We just got word that late-night, fried-chicken haven, Lucy’s Fried Chicken, is adding a second location in Austin. Expected to open late this summer, Lucy’s #2 will serve the same buttermilk-soaked, crisp birds the eatery is famed for alongside live Texas tunes. Find the new space at 5408 Burnet Road in the old Austin Diner space.
2. A delicious Father’s Day festivity. Does your pop love books and food? Then he’ll love the Beasts and Books Father’s Day picnic and (cook)book fair hosted by the Southern Food & Beverage Museum at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans. For $50 per person you get a boxed lunch from famed pork purveyor COCHON, cocktails, additional small bites from vendors such as Herbsaint, Pêche Seafood Grill, and Parkway Bakery & Tavern, and live music.
3. More Southern goodness at Bonnaroo. Our anticipation for the 11th annual music and arts festival keeps building as we hear about the emerging Southern bands that will be rocking Bonnaroo such as Nashville-based Alanna Royale and Athens’ Futurebirds. Not to mention the fact that Bonnaroo adds The Fatback Collective—a pork-centric initiative including members such as Donald Link and Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q—to its food roster this year. The Fatback team will roast and serve up whole hogs to hungry festivalgoers all weekend, making ‘Roo hands-down the tastiest music festival of the season.
4. A spirited new book from Texas. Update your summer cocktail game with the Tipsy Texan: Spirits And Cocktails From The Lone Star State, a book (out tomorrow) by drink pro David Alan. In the book, David (who runs the popular blog Tipsy Texan) shares history, recipes, and behind-the-scenes intel into Texas-centric drinks (such as the Old Texas, a riff on the Old Fashioned) and the bartenders who are putting the state’s drink culture on the map.
5. New Southern rock from Alabama. One of our favorite Southern alt-rockers, Matthew Mayfield, debuts new music tomorrow with an eight-song EP Irons In The Fire that includes four new songs, remastered old tracks, and a remix of “Fire Escape” featuring John Paul White of the Civil Wars. The songs, some of Matthew’s strongest work to date, are filled with killer guitar solos, soulful vocals, and intimate lyrics that make you feel like you’re sitting in on a studio session with the musician. Listen to Matthew talk about the new EP below.