Nathaniel Rateliff is returning to his roots as a folksinger.  Plenty of great new albums are on the horizon in the new year. Check out five of our new favorites.  Drive-By Truckers “The Unraveling” The stalwart Southern country-rock outfit will return with their first LP since the politically charged 2016 effort “American Band.” Due on…

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The holidays are fast approaching. Here’s a shortlist of gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life. Blundstone Originals 500 There’s a reason these boots have been around for half a century. Blundstone’s rugged Originals are made of supple leather that enables an easy slip-on and gets more comfortable with age. They’re also outfitted…

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Shake It Up Brittany Howard Pauses Popular Band to Release New Solo Record For Brittany Howard, the safest bet would’ve been to make another Alabama Shakes record. As the frontwoman and guitarist of the soul-driven Southern garage-roots outfit, Howard found fast success earlier in the decade. The group’s 2012 debut Boys & Girls was a…

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Four Southern Artists, You Need to Hear If you’re searching for new tunes this fall, check out the sounds of these four emerging regional acts. Kelsey Waldon Listen If You Like: Loretta Lynn, Nikki Lane  The Sound: Originally from the small community of Monkey’s Eyebrow, Ky., Waldon possesess a classic country voice and wry wit…

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Music Finds & Festival Gear Finds Part of the fun of festivals is finding new favorite bands. Check out these four acts playing music bashes in the region.   The Allman Betts Band Fans of the Allman Brothers Band should take notice of this family offshoot carrying the legacy forward of the Southern blues explorers.…

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100+ Essential Blue Ridge Festivals Call your friends, grab tickets, and get ready to go. Within our yearly guide of more than 100 Blue Ridge festivals we’ve highlighted outdoor galas for all interests, bringing you the nitty gritty on the region’s best experiences in music, craft beer, art, and adventure. Virginia Creeper Fest  Abingdon, Va.…

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UGA study reveals that 89 percent of visitors to public land support Wilderness Wilderness designation is a tool for permanent protection of the South’s wildest places, but how do Southerners feel about wilderness areas? With population swelling in the South, should wilderness areas be opened to resource extraction, or are wilderness areas more vital than…

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New Albums by the musicians you want to listen to. Rhiannon Giddens Returns with New Collaboration, Our Native Daughters Rhiannon Giddens first emerged in the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, a popular acoustic trio that revived the underappreciated traditions of black string band music in the South. She’s since pivoted to a solo career and…

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Check out our list of the year’s best records from acts who hail from our Blue Ridge footprint. Lucy Dacus • Historian This emerging Richmond-based indie rock singer-songwriter sounds more assured than she did on her excellent 2016 debut No Burden. Throughout Historian, Dacus uses swells of strings and emotive horns to add sonic punch…

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