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Word of South 2021

Spencer Wise

Born along the North Shore of Massachusetts, Spencer Wise pursued his undergraduate degree at Tufts University. He later moved to New York City and worked for Time Out NY and Sports Illustrated. Hard pressed for success, he pursued his masters degree in creative writing, studying at the University of Texas, Austin, and later received a […]

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Jontavious Willis

Jontavious Willis grew up singing gospel with his grandfather at their Baptist church in Greenville, Georgia. In 2014 he decided he wanted to be a blues musician and began mastering as many blues instruments he could, including the guitar, harmonica, banjo and the cigar box. In 2018, he was an opening act for blues musician, […]

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Vundabar

Vundabar is an American indie rock band from Boston, Massachusetts that released its first full length album, Antics in 2013, followed by Gawk in 2015 and Smell Smoke in 2018. One of the few American bands to receive a French art subsidy, the band has earned praise from outlets as diverse as NPR, Spin and […]

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Bill Wharton

Florida swamp-funk slide guitarist Bill Wharton has been a musician for over a half a century. On his 1989 New Years Eve gig, Sauce Boss splashed a bottle of his Liquid Summer Hot Sauce into a huge pot of simmering gumbo, feeding the entire audience. The rest is history. 200,000 bowls later, he’s still feeding […]

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Lu Vickers

Lu Vickers is the author of one novel and several books on Florida history, including Weeki Wachee, Thirty Years of Underwater Photography, and Cypress Gardens, America’s Tropical Wonderland, both of which received Florida Book awards. She has also received three Individual Artists Grants from Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs for fiction. In 2014, as she […]

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Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker reviews rock, country, hip-hop and pop music for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. A cultural critic, he has been the editor-at-large at Entertainment Weekly and a film critic for New York Magazine. His work has won two National Magazine Awards and two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards. He has written book reviews for The New […]

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Minton Sparks

Minton Sparks travels extensively, performing at various universities, clubs, and music, poetry, and storytelling festivals to share her unique brand of performance poetry and creative writing workshops with audiences nationwide. This past year, Sparks appeared at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series alongside Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash, and was a featured performer at the Jonesborough […]

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The Secret Sisters

The beautiful and haunting harmonies from the Secret Sisters is reminiscent of the music from their home in Alabama. Lydia and Laura Rogers released their debut album, “Secret Sisters,” in 2010 and have toured with artists like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Paul Simon. After the release of their second album, they revitalized their music […]

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Tosinger

Based in Atlanta, Tosinger creates music that blends AfroJazz, folk, and soul. The Nigerian singer incorporates Yoruba sayings and folklore into the lyrics of her songs. She has performed across Africa, Europe and North America. Not only does she play at a multitude of festivals across these continents, but she has also performed in vocal […]

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