The Southern Ground Issue 2013

Once a year around this time, Zac Brown Band gathers together a chicken-fried group of musicians for the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival. Over the years, that's ranged from Willie Nelson to My Morning Jacket, with St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Blues Traveler, Government Mule, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and of course ZBB appearing at Blackbaud Stadium for this year's festie. We've got the rundown of who to see and when to see them right here, all in one place.

Dawes' Griffin Goldsmith discusses opening for Dylan and rockin' out
Dawes' Griffin Goldsmith discusses opening for Dylan and rockin' out Neverending Stories

For many successful acts, finding a way out of the genre box their fans and critics and have crammed them into can be a big challenge. Consider Los Angeles' Dawes. — Chris Parker


Michael 'Fitz' Fitzpatrick channels '80s blue-eyed soul on Tantrums latest disc
Michael 'Fitz' Fitzpatrick channels '80s blue-eyed soul on Tantrums latest disc Sweet Dreams

Michael Fitzpatrick is a man of many skills. Singer, songwriter, band leader, booty shaker. He can now add one more to the list. — Chris Haire


The Head and the Heart are fresh off a gig at Nashville's Southern Ground fest
The Head and the Heart are fresh off a gig at Nashville's Southern Ground fest Still Beating

The Head and the Heart's self-titled debut got people talking and dancing, but it's the Seattle-based sextet's latest single that has fans clamoring to get their earbuds on the band's new album, Let's Be Still, which was released this past Tuesday. — Corinne Boyer


Natalie Maines takes a break from the Chicks to raise some kids
Natalie Maines takes a break from the Chicks to raise some kids Mother Hen

Few superstars go out on top. Björn Borg. Jerry Seinfeld. The Dixie Chicks. In 2007, they won five Grammies, including Song and Album of the Year for Taking the Long Way. — Chris Parker


Trombone Shorty and the soul of New Orleans
Trombone Shorty and the soul of New Orleans NOLA Love

Not long after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Delta, an episode of the short-lived Aaron Sorkin meta-drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip paid tribute to New Orleans by featuring a brass sextet of displaced Crescent City musicians. — Patrick Wall


Zac Brown forges a brotherhood with his bandmates
Zac Brown forges a brotherhood with his bandmates Real Thing

Some people have it, and some don't. You can get by without it, and even build a successful career, but if you have it like Zac Brown does, there's no limit to what you can do. — Chris Parker


IOP's Wyatt Durrette co-wrote Zac Brown's ode to blue jeans and beer
IOP's Wyatt Durrette co-wrote Zac Brown's ode to blue jeans and beer Partners

The Zac Brown Band became a household name in 2008 with the release of "Chicken Fried," their catchy ode to blue jeans, home-cooked meals, and beer. Penned by Zac Brown and his writing partner Wyatt Durrette, the song quickly became an American anthem of sorts, the kind that is played during Fourth of July firework displays and baseball games. — Amanda Merritt


The Wood Brothers move to Nashville &#10;and find their <i>Muse</i>
The Wood Brothers move to Nashville and find their Muse Together Again

Chris Wood is a man who loves the leaf. OK. Not that one, although he might. We just didn't ask him. We're talking about veggies. "I just love greens," he says. "Kales, collards, chards. I always make sure to have that part of a meal." — Chris Haire


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