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. Listen up. Alabama’s Pine Hill Haints, who mix the sounds of folk, rockabilly, bluegrass, and Americana, will release its latest album on Sept. 30. Titled The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints, the album includes 14 tracks and is the band’s fifth LP via K Records.
2. Get Cheesy. Cheese fans come together at the 2nd annual Atlanta Cheese Festival on Friday, Oct. 3. The festival will take over the Atlanta Botanical Gardens from 6-10 p.m., bringing together more than 100 cheese and artisan food producers from around the world. Festival-goers will have the chance to vote on their favorite grilled cheese. Tickets start at $35.
3. Celebrate the arts. The Westobou Festival brings everything from rock concerts to spoken word performances to the Savannah River area in Augusta, Georgia, during this five-day festival. The city-wide series of events celebrates excellence in the arts through dance, film, music, spoken word, and the visual arts. Tickets vary by event.
4. Tune in. Lucinda Williams will release her 11th album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone on Sept. 30. This will be her first double album, as well as her first on her own label, Highway 20 Records. The “Lucinda Live” tour will begin in early November with stops throughout the South, including cities such as Austin, Texas; Lexington, Kentucky; and Charlottesville, Virginia.
5. Cut the ribbon. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, or SoFAB, is getting a new home in New Orleans at the former Dryades Street Market, which was part of the city market system until 1946. They will host a free ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of the Museum of the American Cocktail, Galerie d’Absinthe, the Kuyper Cake Collection, and the Gallery of the South: States of Taste.