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. New music from Texan Tift Merritt. Folk-indie darling Tift Merritt releases an expanded box set of her highly regarded 2012 album Traveling Alone tomorrow. The new compilation includes an illustrated lyrics books and 10 new acoustic songs—including a moving cover of Tom Waits’ “The Train Song”—sure to be on repeat on your fall playlist.
2. NOLA’s R&B shakedown. On Friday, the renowned New Orleans Jazz Orchestra kicks off its fall concert series with “New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Throwback,” a tribute to hometown heroes like Fats Domino and Art Neville. Joining the talented ensemble is the “Soul Queen” of the Crescent City, Irma Thomas. Doors are at 8 p.m. at music venue Tipitina’s.
3. Men’s fall fashion on the move. Northern Grade, a traveling market for men who want the skinny on the latest and brightest brands coming out of the U.S., hits Richmond this week. Head to the Power Plant on September 21-22 to shop Southern-made fall basics such as perfect-fit oxford shirts from Ledbury, military-inspired totes from R. Riveter, and Shockoe Denim jeans.
4. Greenville’s real-deal taco truck. South Carolina’s next-great eating town has yet another reason to celebrate its food scene during its 7th annual Euphoria food festival next week (September 26-29): a new, authentic taco joint by the group behind local institutions such as Soby’s and The Lazy Goat, which put Greenville on the culinary map. Check out Papi’s Tacos if you’re in town for the festival for street-style tacos and Mexican delights like horchata and tortas.
5. Nashville’s high-powered food & music fest. While we’re on the topic of great culinary towns, don’t miss the inaugural Music City Eats in Nashville (September 21-22). Melding the city’s top accolades (food and music), the event, co-produced by the Kings of Leons, features chefs such as Tandy Wilson, John Currence, and Edward Lee hosting demos and dinners, and artists such as Norah Jones and Emmylou Harris performing at the Petty Fest concert Saturday night. Tickets from $275 for a two-day pass.