Every Monday we bring you the Southern Living 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. Art exhibit opening. The latest exhibit (opening July 11) at the Bullock Texas State History Museum proves that Austin has always been a bit funky. A series of music posters (like Jim Franklin’s portrayal of fellow Texan Janis Joplin) chronicles the city’s celebration of underground culture from the sixties through the eighties. You’ll see how poster artists and indie music helped shape the city as a music capital worthy of a listen. Tickets are $12 for general admission.
2. A new summer album. Old Crow Medicine Show, the Southern band credited for the roots revival is back in full boot-scootin’ force with their fiery strings and ruggedly handsome looks. Their latest studio album, Remedy (released July 1) promises the same raw-strings-meets-rocker twang that caught the attention of bluegrass legend Doc Watson while they were performing on the streets of North Carolina. $9.99; amazon.com
3. A fun run. Here’s the event you’ve been waiting for, the chance to race against goats in a 5k, 10k, or Fun Run. Belle Chevre, a beloved Southern cheesemaker, is hosting Running With The Goats on July 12 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Elkmont, Alabama, where their factories are based. The race will culminate with live music, great food, and festivities for the whole family to enjoy. Register to run or come to cheer on your favorite goat-racer along the shaded trails of Elkmont.
4. A new Southern single. North Carolina rocker and multiple-Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Ryan Adams, has just released the new single from his upcoming self-titled album, Ryan Adams. The full album is set to release September 9 and will be the first album he’s released in nearly four years, marking the follow-up to the highly successful 2011 album, Ashes & Fire. “Gimme Something Good” is carried with a bluesy twang and heavy guitar, and is reminiscent of another beloved Southerner, Tom Petty. It’s the perfect tease to keep your windows down and volume up all summer long until the full album is released this fall. You can stream “Gimme Something Good” on Spotify and pre-order the full album on Amazon ($13.98).
5. A Southern Living special edition. Regardless of the month, there’s always an opportunity to take advantage of the season’s abundance of produce. Whether preserving fresh fruits and veggies or canning pickles, chow chow and chutney, capturing ingredients at the height of their flavor is fun and economical. Southern Living’s Canning & Preserving special edition offers up 115 recipes along with quick and easy shortcuts for busy cooks. Look for it on newsstands this Friday, July 11.