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April 8-10, 2022

Word of South 2022

Meg Gardiner

Edgar-winning novelist Meg Gardiner writes thrillers. Fast-paced and full of twists, her books have been called “Hitchcockian” (USA Today) and “nailbiting and moving” (Guardian). They have been bestsellers in the U.S. and internationally and have been translated into more than 20 languages. The Dark Corners of the Night, her current title, is the third novel in […]

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Terry Lewis

Terry Lewis served as a trial judge in Tallahassee for 30 years, presiding over a variety of criminal and civil cases. He is now in private practice with the firm of Messer Caparello, focusing on mediation and arbitration. Terry is also a writer. His first novel, Conflict of Interest, was published in 1997.  He followed […]

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The Fried Turkeys

Combining a surprising blend of truly original music and a uniquely eclectic selection of covers, the Fried Turkeys will have you dripping in greasy, hippy, roots-country music. Soulful pedal steel, soaring vocal harmonies, a thumping rhythm section, dixieland piano lines, and a wooden Americana sound will have you tapping your feet and singing along. The grease is ready. […]

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The Kenny Hill Band

The Kenny Hill Band consists of Kenny Baldauf, with Brian and Jennifer Hill, from the Big Bend of Florida, performing a blend of acoustic music styles that include bluegrass, folk and Irish, to blues, classic country, western swing and classic rock. The band’s signature features are its tightly blended three part harmonies paired with inspired […]

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Daisy the Great

Daisy the Great is a Brooklyn based band fronted by Kelley Nicole Dugan and Mina Walker. From their delicate, harmony-laden folk pop songs to their powerhouse indie rock ballads, Daisy the Great is recognized for their killer vocals and playful spirit. Daisy the Great’s debut LP “I’m Not Getting Any Taller” was released in January 2019. […]

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Joseph Shahady

Trumpeter and composer Joe Shahady is popular in many Tallahassee venues, most notably at the Cascades Park Amphitheater for the Sunrise Series Concert in October 2021. Before coming to Tallahassee in 2019 to study jazz under trumpeter and bandleader Scotty Barnhart, he was selected to play trumpet in the Florida Music Educators Association 2019 All-State […]

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Star Swain

A family trip on June 16, to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. thrust Star Swain into the national spotlight when her compelling rendition of the Star Spangled Banner went viral with more than 40 million views online. A moment of moving beyond fear has propelled Swain along her path to fulfilling her dreams. Since […]

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Steve Dollar

Tallahassee native Steve Dollar has written about popular culture since the 1970s, for publications that include The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Playboy and Billboard. He is a frequent contributor to Flamingo magazine and artistic director of the Tallahassee Film Festival. Steve will be interviewing Bill and Mary Wharton on […]

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Ann McCutchan

Ann McCutchan is the author of six books of memoir, essay, and biography, most recently The Life She Wished to Live: A Biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Author of “The Yearling,” published by W.W. Norton (2021). Her work has appeared in various journals and The Best American Spiritual Writing; she is also the author of […]

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