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


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