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. A show about the South’s greatest music town. Showing next Monday, April 21, the documentary Muscle Shoals explores the legendary Alabama town where so much music was made, and continues to be made. The film profiles founder Rick Hall and how he overcame poverty to become one of the most influential men in the music industry. Interviews and commentary will be given from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Gregg Allman, Keith Richards, Etta James, and Alicia Keys, among many others. Tune in to PBS at 9 p.m. EST.
2. A NOLA-esque coffee-table book. Photographer Richard Sexton traveled throughout Latin America, from Haiti, Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, Bolivia, and Ecuador back home to New Orleans, to explore what made these cultures similar. What resulted is a beautiful collection of images that acts as a photo essay of these cities’ pasts. The book, Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere, hits the stands on April 15, but you can see the collection live at Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art in New Orleans. The exhibit runs from April 15 to December 7, and will feature more than 50 curated images from the Richard’s publication.
3. Passover at a NOLA legend. In honor of Passover, chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans has created a unique menu inspired by a trip he took to Israel. From April 14 through April 22, nosh on chef Tory’s take on the classic matzo ball soup, spicy mustard grilled spring lamb, and flourless chocolate fudge cookies with madeira-soaked april berries. The menu blends traditional Jewish customs with some Creole flare.
4. A new album out of Muscle Shoals. This Tuesday, April 15, the acclaimed duo from Muscle Shoals, The Secret Sisters, release their first album in three years. Put Your Needle Down is a brilliant mix of country, blues, Americana, folk, rock, and gospel, and are mostly written or cowritten by the sisters themselves. The band launches a tour promoting their latest album on May 16 at Alabama Theater in Birmingham. You can find their other tour stops on their website, secretsistersband.com.
5. The South’s latest food truck. The retro-chic boutique hotel Lone Star Court in Austin, Texas, has launched their food truck, The Feed Store. Some of the delicious Texas-esque offerings include fried chicken and waffles, roasted jalapeno mac-and-cheese, and gumbo. Starting soon, the hotel is opening up their property to other food trucks to create a food truck court on property.