More than 20 years ago, an Enterprise, Alabama, boy started brewing his own beer — an act that made him an outlaw of sorts at the time. Today, Wayne Wambles is the brewmaster of Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing — one of the South’s best loved and most successful craft brewers.
After writing a feature story for us about how Knoxville’s arts scene drives the city’s economy, Rob Rushin follows up with a look at the numbers — and some recommendations for communities that want to nurture their own arts economies.
Writing songs that are truly great is a hard enough job. Writing a perfect song is rare indeed. But in this remembrance of Tom Petty, Drive-By Truckers co-founder Patterson Hood argues that Petty achieved perfection repeatedly, perhaps more than any other Southern-born songwriter.
Mississippi’s Michael Farris Smith is one of the South’s greatest young novelists. His fiction shows us our region and ourselves with a striking, singular voice. He also spends his real life in Mississippi, and makes a strong argument that when it comes to politics, we all live in Mississippi now.
The great Southern musician’s final album comes out today. Chuck Reece interviews Allman’s producer, Don Was, along with Gregg’s manager, guitarist, and best friend about why “Southern Blood” might be the purest expression ever of Allman’s musical soul.