• Sebastian & Pam Blanchard: A love story

    It’s the type of unlikely love story that Hollywood screenwriters spend their entire careers dreaming about.

    They were a beautiful young couple straight out of Central Casting.

    She was a blonde bombshell. Born in Louisiana. Raised in Mississippi by a single mother who did her best to teach her three daughters to be strong, independent women.

    She was a brilliant student. A natural teacher – just like her mama. Sweet. Sassy. Brave.

    Hardworking with a heart of gold.

  • Prologue: It's that time again!

    February may be for lovebirds, but it’s also the perfect time to kick off our annual Best of the Pine Belt Award competition and show some love to all of our favorite people, places, and things.

    Now in the contest’s 11th year, Signature Magazine has proudly partnered with FestivalSouth since the very beginning and this year’s contest is back bigger and better than ever with several noteworthy improvements to the wildly popular annual contest.

  • Soul Man. Blues Brother. Golden Eagle.

    Tom Malone began his ascension to becoming one of the most important trombone players of his generation in the most unlikely of locales – on a farm near the community of Sumrall  in rural south Mississippi.

  • EXCLUSIVE: New Shelby Kemp single

    Hattiesburg's Shelby Kemp, member of two bands recently recognized during Signature Magazine's Best of the Pine Belt Award Show, has released a new single and Signature Magazine is proud to present it here first.

    The original song, "Balloons" features the talented Kemp on acoustic guitar, pedal steel, vocals, and harmony vocals, and was recorded earlier this week in New Orleans.

  • Prologue: Right Place at the Right Time

    Earlier this year when I caught wind of rumors that local blues legend Tommy ‘T-Bone’ Pruitt was contemplating retirement, I knew I needed to spring into action.

    For entirely selfish reasons, I wanted the opportunity to work with Pruitt while I still could – and perhaps more importantly – I just wanted to hang out with the guy.

    At 86 years young, he has literally been playing the blues for three-quarters of a century. Harry Truman was in the White House when Tommy picked up his first guitar.

  • Hobos, Heroes, and Street Corner Clowns

    The Shop Downtown is one of those mythical places you usually only hear stories about. Equal parts dive bar and bohemian art market, the small, disheveled 800-square-foot oasis in downtown Hattiesburg first opened its doors in the early 2000s as The Grill and Grocery and was resurrected in 2014 with a new owner and a new name.

  • Prologue: Listen Local. Listen Often

    It’s no secret that music is an important part of my life. In fact, some of my fondest early memories of growing up in northeast Oklahoma involve standing over my mother’s shoulder while she played the piano.

    I couldn’t sing a lick – and still can’t – but that didn’t stop me from belting out the lyrics to Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” or Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler.”

    My oldest sister, Donna, opened my ears – and eyes – to the marvels of live music in the late 1970s when she took me to see Willie Nelson, my very first concert.

  • 2019 Best of the Pine Belt "Shops, Wares, and Services" Finalists

    The following individuals and businesses are among this year's finalists in Signature Magazine's annual "Best of the Pine Belt" competition, held in conjunction with FestivalSouth. Voting begins Feb. 14 at www.festivalsouth.org – Congratulations to all of this year's nominees!

    Best Attorney
    Elizabeth Porter
    Lane Dossett
    Robin Roberts
    Shawn Lowrey
    Tangi Carter

  • 2019 Best of the Pine Belt "Recreation, Health, and Beauty" Finalists

    The following individuals and businesses are among this year's finalists in Signature Magazine's annual "Best of the Pine Belt" competition, held in conjunction with FestivalSouth. Voting begins Feb. 14 at www.festivalsouth.org – Congratulations to all of this year's nominees!

     

    Best Barber Shop
    The Barber Studio
    JC Cook's Barber Shop
    Guild and Gentry
    Squared Up

  • 2019 Best of the Pine Belt "Food and Drink" Finalists

    The following individuals and businesses are among this year's finalists in Signature Magazine's annual "Best of the Pine Belt" competition held in conjunction with FestivalSouth. Voting begins Feb. 14 at www.festivalsouth.org – Congratulations to all of this year's nominees!

    Best Appetizer
    Cheese Rolls  - Glorybound Gyro Company
    Crab Meat Wontons – Crescent City Grill
    Debris Fries – Keg & Barrel
    Fresh Rolls – Jutama’s
    Sully Sacks – Sully’s Tavern

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