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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  • 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!


  • Bon Appetit! Bon Appalachia! highlights the region’s most distinctive local food destinations.



  • Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Forrest Gump by visiting Savannah -- the film's location!


  • Try this special recipe for a popular Southern classic -- fried green tomatoes!


  • Nothing goes better with country ham and red-eye gravy than TN whiskey jam!


  • Southern cities large and small have a unique charm -- check out these choices!



  • Check out Delta Dogs, a stunning collection of photographs of MS's four-legged friends.