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.

If you have an item you would like to see included in Soul of the South, email it to charlottecole@sso.org. Enjoy!

  • The American South's summer music festival landscape has exploded with seemingly unlimited choices for fans of all genres!

Making Mint Juleps
  • In preparation for the Kentucky Derby, here's a NPR story from some years back that you're sure to enjoy.  Cheers!

Bluffton SC
  • This riverside hamlet between Savannah and Hilton Head offers charm, great food and a chance to thoroughly enjoy a "spring escape" -- Bluffton, SC!

Southern Food Innovations
  • The American South has given the world many culinary gifts -- see which have come from your state!

  • Fishin' for votes?  In Tidewater Virginia, politicians and ordinary folks gather each spring for smoked shad and lively civic discourse!