In our January issue, writer Rachael Maddux profiles the musicians who are shaping Southern music now. Our editors and photographers traveled across the country to photograph these scene-shakers. Here, some images that didn’t make the issue. Plus, our exclusive “Biscuits & Jam” recording sessions with the artists.
See the full feature in our January issue (page 71), on stands now.
Georgia and Virginia natives The Lone Bellow, photographed at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama.
“Effortlessly toggling between heart-shattering ballads and gutsy, boot-scootin romps, the bands genre loyalties are loose.”
Ashley Monroe at Robert’s Western World in Nashville.
“Her second album, Like a Rose, released last year, firmly planted her in the tradition of female country singer-songwriters such as Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, whose self-penned songs mixed smarts, sass, and sorrow in equal measure.
Biscuits & Jam: “Like a Rose”
Austin, Texas’ Jason Boland & The Stragglers photographed at The Camel in Richmond, VA.
“Much like Bob Childers, Waylon Jennings, and other red-dirt forebears, they’re more interested in forging connections with live audiences than precisely defining their sound.”
Biscuits & Jam: “Lucky I Guess”
Nashville-based Kacey Musgraves at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee.
“Country music has always had a soft spot for rebels, but it’s never met one quite like Kacey Musgraves.”
Biscuits & Jam: “Merry Go ‘Round” and “Silver Lining”
Shovels and Rope at The Pour House in Charleston.
“Powered by little more than two acoustic guitars, a kick drum, and the couple’s scrappy harmonies the record sounds like the product of (or the perfect soundtrack to) a freewheeling road trip—weary and dirty and slaphappy.”
Biscuits & Jam: “Hail Hail”
Valerie June at Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky.
“The heart of this Humboldt, Tennessee-born singer who performs “organic moonshine roots music” belongs to an era long past.”
Biscuits & Jam: “Workin’ Woman Blues” and “Somebody to Love”
J.D. McPherson at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“J.D. once again aims to explore and celebrate the dustier corners of old-school rock-and-roll.”
Biscuits & Jam: “Signs & Signifiers” and “Dimes for Nickels”
Holly Williams at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
“Holly didn’t particularly aspire to follow in her dad’s and grandfather’s footsteps, but once she decided to make a career in music, she kept her pedigree on the down-low.”
Biscuits & Jam: “The Highway” and “Drinkin'”
Tell us about your favorite emerging Southern band in the comments below.