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Word of South 2021

Jamey Johnson

Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is “one of the greatest country singers of our time,” according to the Washington Post. He is one of only a few people in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year Awards from both the CMA and ACMs. His 2008 album, That Lonesome Song, was […]

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Black Belt Eagle Scout

Released in September of 2018, Mother of My Children was the debut album from Black Belt Eagle Scout, the recording project of the Swinomish-Iñupiaq Native American Katherine Paul. Heralded as a favorite new musician of 2018 by the likes of NPR Music, Stereogum, and Paste, the album was also named as a “Best Rock Album […]

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Caroline Herring

Caroline Herring is an internationally-acclaimed American singer/songwriter who lives in Decatur, Georgia. She has recorded eight albums, including two recordings for children, and has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe for the past 20 years. These performances included: the Newport Folk Festival, MerleFest, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bumbershoot in Seattle, Strawberry Folk […]

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Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author. Jason’s many books include: Miles Morales: Spider Man, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor, and Look Both Ways, which was a National Book Award Finalist. His collaboration with Ibram […]

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John Kurzweg

John Kurzweg is a multi-platinum record producer and multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter who first became known for his work with successful post-grunge band Creed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Three of Creed’s records, which Kurzweg produced & mixed, were certified multi-platinum and helped Creed achieve worldwide popularity as well as producing other popular rock artists such […]

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Valerie June

One of the most admired, genre-bending artists to breakthrough in the last decade, June’s music blends southern sounds, African rhythms and ambient atmospherics into something altogether futuristic and new. Her 2017 release The Order of Time appeared on numerous ‘best of’ lists and received near universal acclaim from a broad array of international media including: […]

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Wendy Rawlings

Wendy Rawlings is the author of Come Back Irish, winner of the 2000 Sandstone Prize for short fiction, and The Agnostics, winner of the Michigan Literary Award. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the Kenyon Review and many other publications. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships […]

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Whatley Co.

Whatley & Co. is a family band consisting of a father, three sons, and some other folks along the way. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the band has been playing great Americana music for years, with their most recent album titled “Grandstand”. They’ve opened for Jamey Johnson in venues across the country […]

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Willie C. Capps

Will Kimbrough, Corky Hughes, and Grayson Capps converge to create a wonderful blend of original music, drawing from their repertoire as individual songwriters and also performing songs they have written together, bringing meaning and life to their lyrics through a variety of string instruments and vocals. They have a large repertoire of wonderful songwriting put […]

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Rick Wilson

Rick Wilson is a longtime Republican strategist, infamous negative ad-maker, and commentator. Since 2015, he’s been a leading conservative critic of Donald Trump. Rick’s work has been published in The Washington Post, Politico, The Hill, The London Spectator, Rolling Stone, The New York Daily News, USA Today, and others, and his book Everything Trump Touches […]

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