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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  • Country music was born in the American South. Here are six festivals not to miss!



  • In the American South, pop culture mixes tradition and modernity. Learn more!


  • Country music's Marty Stuart is preserving the legends of those who came before him!



  • This list of cities combines good eats and Southern charm with an international vibe!


  • The ceremony may be over, but the American South has a way with the Oscars!


  • This barbecue joint hits the "Hites" -- take a fork in the road to Columbia, SC!




  • Inspired by the soft colors of Puerto Rico, NC's Blush Label produces beautiful silk scarves!




  • Try this "Fat Tuesday" recipe any day of the year -- Mardi Gras Hot Crawfish Dip.  Yummy!


  • Check out this Southern Foodways Alliance "Gravy" podcast -- fresh and thought-provoking!