Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a roundup 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 beachside music festival. This weekend, prepare for lots of sun and good tunes on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, as the Hangout Music Fest sets up stage along the sandy shores. This year’s lineup includes some Southern favorites like Outkast, The Avett Brothers, and Birmingham-based up-and-comers, St. Paul and the Broken Bones. We’ll be there reporting live from the Gulf of Mexico; look for our follow-up post on the Daily South with some of our favorite moments from the three-day extravaganza.
2. Japanese sake in Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville is branching out from their foothold in the beer-brewing industry as the first two producers of sake are debuting their goods to the public. Ben’s Tune Up released their sake varieties early this month, available in flights and single servings. On May 18 Blue Kudzu will hold a release party to premiere their first 100 bottles, sold in their tasting room only. Blue Kudzu will feature three distinct sake styles—Junmai Ginjo Spirit of the Sky, Nigori Sake Thundersnow, and Nama Genshu Dancing River.
3. A Rolling Record Store. Nashville-based Third Man Records is where Jack White of The White Stripes conducts all business for this label. It contains a record store, record label offices, photo studio, dark room, and live venue with analog recording booth. Their Rolling Record Store is embarking on their Southern tour with stops throughout the region to hawk their limited edition records and crank some tunes along the way. Look for them Tuesday, May 13 outside Criminal Records in Atlanta. They’ll be parking May 15-18 at the Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama. And then the last two stops of the month of May take them to Peaches Records in New Orleans and Charlemagne Record Exchange in Birmingham. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook to stay up-to-date on their whereabouts.
4. A celebration of tupelo honey. There are very few things that say summer in the South more than the sweet taste of tupelo honey. Celebrate the biscuit staple at the 24th annual Tupelo Honey Festival in Wewahitchka, Florida. Area farmers will display this year’s crop and have different varieties of true tupelo honey for tasting. The event will showcase local live music and crown the Tupelo Honey Queen.
5. A glimpse into music stardom. Photographer and country music star Marty Stuart has captured some of the most iconic images of the world’s superstars—from Johnny Cash (his former father-in-law) to Loretta Lynn. He has been amassing quite a collection of exclusive-access images since he first went on tour with Lester Flatt when he was just 12 years old. See the collection, American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart, on display now through November 2 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.