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Hannah Hayes

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Sara Watkins Premieres Acoustic Demo of “Move Me” from New Record

It’s been 14 years since Sara Watkins, along with her brother Sean Watkins and friend Chris Thile, blew up the bluegrass scene as Nickel Creek. With their second, critically acclaimed album This Side, produced by Allison Krauss, Watkins became a fiddle sensation in a group that somehow bridged the divide between the picking festivals and the pop charts. Since the group […]

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Two Blues Musicians Prove They’ve Still Got It Plus Exclusive Song Premieres

The music business is a young person’s game. Ask a 30-year-old who’s been touring across the country in a van with four other people or recording for days on end and they might tell you they’re getting to old for this. But the past year has been a banner one for Southern artists over the age of 60 releasing fresh material and […]

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How to Help the Louisiana Flooding Victims

In the past week, 11 people have died and more than 30,000 people have been impacted by the flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the surrounding area. The damage is so devastating it’s as if a massive unnamed hurricane blew through without any warning. While we’ve seen time and time again the resilience of Louisianans, and we surely will again, they […]

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Wild Turkey Hires Matthew McConaughey as New Creative Director

We bet 10 years ago Wild Turkey distiller Jimmy Russell didn’t think he would be hiring actor, philanthropist, his royal chillness Matthew McConaughey to be the distillery’s “Creative Director.” Then again, 10 years ago no one could have predicated the American bourbon boom. You might be thinking, alright alright alright creative director? What does that mean? According to McConaughey, who is […]

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Southern Living Exclusive: Luke Bell Premiers New Self-Titled Album

From Robert Ellis to Margo Price, many of Nashville’s current voices are channeling and reinterpreting a collective fascination with those of the past — Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams, George Jones. But, Luke Bell has grabbed ahold of the throwback country dial and turned it all the way to 11 with his big, well-deep baritone and traditional arrangements that sound like they’ve been out all night […]

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Five Questions with Americana Artist Parker Millsap

  Deciding who should perform at our 50th anniversary celebration in Charleston, South Carolina this weekend seemed an intimidating task at first. With so many incredible Southern artists to pick from, it was like deciding which potato salad to bring to a family reunion. (Or is that just a problem for us?) But one name kept coming up around the office: Parker […]

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New Documentary Shows How Chattanooga is Using a Mural to Unite Its Community

There are over 900 streets in the U.S. named after Martin Luther King Jr. A new documentary, America’s Boulevard, from Birmingham-based creative studio 1504, focuses in on just one of them in Chattanooga. Although its past isn’t unique — a once flourishing commerce street left empty and dilapidated after the rush to the suburbs in the 1950s —  its revitalization is. Soon […]

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Southern Living Exclusive: Nashville’s William Tyler premieres “Sunken Garden”

If you think honky tonks, whiskey, wronged women, boots and/or blue jeans when you hear the words Nashville music scene, you wouldn’t be blamed. Except here is one of Music City’s most gifted players and native sons William Tyler. Tyler’s latest album Modern Country (June 3rd) doesn’t have any lyrics about trucks or dirt roads in the traditional sense; it doesn’t have […]

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Southern Living Exclusive: Michaela Anne Covers “I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You”

Lately it seems another queen of throwback country is crowned every week, but singer songwriter Michaela Anne has us paying attention. With a sound free of forced twang and a tone reminiscent of Linda Ronstadt’s Trio days, this former Brooklynite is helping add a distinctive voice to the Nashville neotraditional country scene. Today we’re premiering her cover of the Hank Williams standard “I Can’t Help […]

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See Parker Millsap and the Secret Sisters in Charleston with Southern Living

By now you’ve probably already made plans to join the editors of Southern Living in Charleston June 10-12th for our 50th anniversary celebration with a weekend of exclusive dinners, window box gawking with the Grumpy Gardener himself, and a host of other curated tours from art galleries to historic homes. But no Southern Living event would be complete without music, and […]

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