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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  • In a town that's cool, Austin's Lone Star Court boutique hotel is the "best and coolest" hotel in town!


  • New documentary: How Muscle Shoals created some of the most important and resonant songs of all time.



  • This once Southern staple is making a comeback. See where, how and by whom!

  • Just three weeks to the Kentucky Derby -- go in style with one of these lovely hats!




  • It's Master Week!  But Augusta, GA, is more than golf. Check out these fun things to do!

  • The American South is bloomin' -- check out ten of the region's best Farmer's Markets!


  • What is a Dirty Guv’nah?  Could be a new TN band playing authentic Southern roots music!



  • Is New Orleans the South's new fashion capital? See what's chic in NOLA!

  • Check out the great new Southern sounds from Bobby Bare, Jr.  Sweet harmony!




  • It's steeplechase season in the American South! Check out these great racing...and tailgating...venues.

  • Meet "Mr. Whiskey" -- the KY master distiller making craft distilling the next big thing in American spirits.


  • This cookbook for Southern staples includes 50 tangy pickle, condiment, relish and fermented recipes.