Welcome to Soul of the South, SGA’s repository for tips and tidbits that focus on the American South’s cultural, literary, music, language, food and folk traditions. In addition, from time to time, we’ll feature “Southern Superlatives” – national and regional news that shows how SGA states and the region stack up in areas such as education, quality of life, “best ofs” and more.

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  • Get On Up is the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul -- James Brown.  Don't miss it!


  • Regional pride -- here are 21 of the best Southern BBQ sandwiches you’ll ever eat!


  • Boerne, TX, awaits with charming inns, big breakfasts and a beautiful natural wonder!



  • Clinton, AR, is home to the National Chuckwagon Championship Races. Saddle up for the grub!

  • Orange Beach, AL, is home to the Southern Grace Celebrity Chef Dinners. Grab your knife and fork!


  • Winston-Salem, NC, has launched a Moravian Cookie Trail.  Nibble your way through paradise!


  • Missouri is centerstage in David Fincher's new film, Gone Girl, written by native daughter Gillian Flynn.

  • Midway, Kentucky, chef Ouita Michel serves up a twist an Southern classic -- kil't greens and bacon jam!


  • Carolina Chocolate Drops member Dom Flemons goes solo with a stunning new albumn -- listen!