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. Sugar + The Hi-Lows walk the line. After collaborating with the Nashville Ballet to bring the sounds of Johnny Cash to the choreography of “Attitude,” singer-songwriter duo Sugar + the Hi-Lows is releasing a live recording of “Wild Desire (Johnny Cash Live Sessions).” The seven-track album, recorded in less than three days, includes Cash favorites such as “I Walk The Line.” “Wild Desire” will be available July 22, but you can listen to an exclusive preview on The Daily South.
2. Union Provisions opens. Union Provisions, a new American brasserie style eatery opened in Charleston, South Carolina on July 16. Nestled in a historic, 114 year-old building, Union Provisions will focus on sharable, small plates. The menu features everything from smaller “pantry” items such as pomme frites with truffle aioli to “chicken and dumplings” with braised chicken, brown butter gnocchi, chanterelles, and picholines. The menu will also feature Southern takes on San Francisco-style dim sum dishes like duck confit pot stickers and pulled pork steamed buns.
3. Dom Flemons goes solo. Dom Flemons, founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, will release his new solo album “Prospect Hill” on July 22. The album, influenced by everything from traditional folk to early jazz to rock ‘n’ roll, also features blues guitarist Guy Davis. Flemons will tour through October with stops in Tulsa (Sept. 10), Nashville (Sept. 13), and Louisville (Sept. 17).
4. FloydFest returns. In its 13th year, FloydFest brings the likes of Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Lauryn Hill, Ray Lamontagne, and Michael Franti and Spearhead to Floyd, Virginia July 23-27. In addition to the stacked musical lineup, the festival will have an Outdoor Adventures tent where attendees can participate in a variety of planned outdoor activities. Tickets start at $100.
5. Atlanta celebrates vegetables. Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta, Georgia will host Southern Chef Sean Brock for a collaborative dinner with Executive Chef Linton Hopkins and Co-owner Gina Hopkins in celebration of the bounty of Georgia’s summer produce. The Southern vegetable dinner (a Southern classic) will focus on produce currently available, such as okra, summer squash, eggplant, Sapelo Island red peas, tomatoes, peaches, and more. The dinner is $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call Restaurant Eugene at 404-355-0321 for reservations.
5.5. And one extra – Drive-By Truckers announces summer tour. Some of our favorite Southern musicians just announced their summer tour schedule, and it looks like they’ll be racking up some serious mileage in the South. Look for the Athens, Georgia rockers in cities such as Wilmington, Dallas, Memphis, and Birmingham. You can find the entire tour schedule here.