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Photography by Euphus Ruth and Bill Steber

It seems everyone has a story about the Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival … I’m talking about deep experiences that somehow altered life courses and inspired and encouraged people in ways they couldn’t have imagined.


The King Biscuit Blues Festival showcases the nation’s foremost blues music. Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule are this year’s Saturday night headliner at the 32nd annual King Biscuit Blues Festival, the crowning event of the blues festival season, taking place in historic...

Tab Benoit grew up in the swamps of south Louisiana, writing songs among the dripping Spanish moss and alligators so prevalent in the area. 

 “I live in the heart of it. I grew up on 300 acres. We have less than 40 left. It’s not that somebody took the land. It’s not la...

Affection for someone he loves inspired musician Steve Gardner to bring joy to those lost to their former selves.

      When words no longer illuminate – when a person becomes impervious to the memories found in spoken words, or is unable to react to them –  it is music...

Photography by Matthew Noel

Houma, Louisiana, is a smallish town of 33,000 residents nestled among the bayous of South Louisiana. Its location is easy to recognize on a map – smack in the middle of the peninsula that flares off the bottom of the state. It is home  to a...

Delta Preservationist inspires Vicksburg Guild

Bill Luckett has made a mark on his Delta home, and if he has a say in it, he hopes to inspire others to do the same in their cities and towns so likewise rich in history and music.

Luckett is an attorney, former mayor of Cl...

It all started with gumbo.  Lin Carruth, owner of the Coffee Pot Café at Creekside in Enterprise, Mississippi, wanted to offer lunch to the ladies shopping in her antique store, and, instead of the light salad she’d imagined, her husband suggested a pot of her famous g...

Photographs by Marianne Todd

There are rock stars poolside at Fort Walton, Florida’s, Waterscape luxury resort. And no one seems to notice.

     On a recent visit, Matt Patton, bassist of the Drive-By Truckers, brought his family and shared a three bedroom unit with Eve...

Footsteps to the past

By Meghan Holmes

Photography by Michael Barrett

Most people know Lafayette, Louisiana, for its rich Cajun cuisine, its fascinating cultural history and its famous blend of Cajun and Zydeco music. Nestled in the heart of the state’s Cajun Country, it...

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August 26, 2018

August 26, 2018