SouthBound

The South… What is it? Movies, books, songs, myths and legends have tried to explain this part of the United States. SouthBound, a new podcast series from WFAE, talks to people who were born and raised in the South. Hosted by journalist Tommy Tomlinson, SouthBound features conversations with notable Southerners from all walks of life – from artists and athletes to preachers and politicians.

New episodes will come out every other week on Wednesday. Subscribe:
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Credit JEFF CRAVOTTA

Tommy Tomlinson has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. Learn More about Tommy.

Ways to Connect

Courtesy of the Artist

In connection with the latest SouthBound episode -- an interview with Josh Burford, Southern LGBTQ historian -- we present a collection of music from LGBTQ artists from the South. 

I had a lot of fun -- and learned a lot -- making this one. For a deep historical dive on LGBTQ music of all kinds, make sure to check out JD Doyle's work at http://www.queermusicheritage.com.

Joshua Burford / Facebook

So how do you document history if a lot of that history has been hidden from the outside world? That’s the challenge and the life’s work of Josh Burford, who has set out to tell the LGBTQ history of the South.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 3

Jan 3, 2018
NRBQ

In honor of food/spirits writer Kathleen Purvis, our most recent guest on SouthBound, here are songs by Southern artists about two of life's great pleasures. We could have made this one 10 hours long:

Courtesy of Kathleen Purvis

Kathleen Purvis has spent the last 30 years eating, sipping, thinking about and writing about Southern food and drink. She has been the food writer at the Charlotte Observer since 1989 and has won a slew of regional and national awards for her stories. She has written three books – her latest book, “Distilling the South: A Guide to Southern Craft Liquors,” will be published in May by UNC Press.

Courtesy of Kathleen Purvis

When it comes to writing about Southern food, women have traditionally dominated. But there’s been a shift – so much so that it had turned into a men’s club, argues author and Charlotte Observer food writer Kathleen Purvis. She wrote about it in a piece last year for The Bitter Southerner – and talks about it on the latest episode of the WFAE podcast, SouthBound. Here’s a preview of her conversation with host Tommy Tomlinson.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 2

Dec 20, 2017
Jess Hodge

On last week's SouthBound, guest Dolph Ramseur talked about the songs and artists that defined his life, not to mention his career as a music manager and record label owner. Here's a playlist to go along with our podcast conversation:

Courtesy of Dolph Ramseur

On this episode of SouthBound we talk with Dolph Ramseur, who grew up on a dirt road in Concord, North Carolina, trying to keep from having to work in the cotton mills that used to employ so many southerners, including many in his own family.

The Avett Brothers are perhaps the most influential band to launch out of the Charlotte area. The two brothers, Scott and Seth, grew up in Concord and their distinct mix of folk and punk-rock music have earned them critical acclaim and an international following.

Courtesy of the Artist

Last week's guest on SouthBound, John T. Edge, went to the University of Georgia in the early '80s. So did I. Here's some music that was floating around Athens back then -- from local bands and from around the South.

Jason Thrasher

On this episode of SouthBound we talk to John T. Edge, who has thought more, and more deeply, about Southern food than maybe anyone else in the world. 

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