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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  • Try these Southern honeys for a sweet taste of sunshine when summer is long gone.


  • Texas singer Shakey Graves blends troubadour folk, sizzling blues and kick-start percussion.

  • Plan NOW for Garden & Gun's 2014 Jubilee --a lively mix of shopping, food, music, art and more!



  • Southern Living has identified 26 classic football rivalries. Tell us your favorite!


  • "Fall" into Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, where, TN and VA meet!

  • Don't miss Baltimore's Farm to Chef , a culinary competition that benefits Days of Taste!



  • Southern football is a religion -- every Saturday is a holy day.  Follow these commandments!

  • Head to USVI and start training now for one of America's most successful swim competitions!