• Noteworthy: Remembering Dr. John and the Importance of NOLA Music

    A city on the Mississippi River, New Orleans has opened its loving arms to a variety of cultures, languages, cuisine, and lifestyles, carefully spreading all of these ingredients into the bouillabaisse that preserves their joie d'vivre. We lost one of the great ambassadors of New Orleans music and culture in Mac Rebennack, a/k/a Dr. John, The Night Tripper. Crowds as far as the camera eye could see gathered together to walk with his spirit just one more time after news spread of his passing at 77. 

  • Noteworthy: Best of the Best

    Before we dive in, let us briefly examine what makes a Greatest Hits truly worthy of its vaunted moniker. Personally, I own four separate Otis Redding compilations, but he does not make the list. Before you come at me with pitchforks, hear me out. Redding, while both amazing and essential, did not have a career long enough (1963-1967) to best encapsulate his stature as both a singer and songwriter. As a singles artists, his songs are ones to return to again and again. However, their progress and growth are best illustrated in one of the numerous Stax Records collections.

  • Linda Eder brings diverse repertoire to Hub City

    Linda Eder will return to Hattiesburg this month as she performs for the second time during FestivalSouth, which runs June 8-22. This year Eder returns as the FestivalFinale at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Saenger Theater.
    Eder made her FestivalSouth debut  during the summer of 2015. When asked about performing in Hattiesburg at that time, Eder said she hoped it wouldn’t be her last. Lucky for Pine Belt residents, it won’t be.

  • 2nd Annual BOPB Pub Crawl & Kick Off Party - May 31, 2019

    This year Signature Magazine is shaking things up a bit to keep the Best of the Pine Belt party going all month long and to amp up the excitement.

    June 1 marks the second annual Best of the Pine Belt Hall of Fame dinner with the BOPB Awards Show winding down FestivalSouth with a gala show on Friday, June 28, at the Saenger Theater.

  • Noteworthy: Cadie Calhoun is Unhitched

    Photos by Trey Clark

    A little girl. Just 10 years old. One push from her grandmother and one more from her mother made her step forward. Two generations of choir singers in her family, and they told her that she would be an opera singer. Beneath the warm lights of Temple Baptist Church, Cadie Calhoun first sang.

  • Noteworthy: ‘Bubblegum’music blows up

    Ritchie Cordell, Jerry Kasenetz and Jeffry Katz may not be names you know. However "Yummy Yummy Yummy," "Chewy Chewy," and "Hanky Panky" should be familiar. Before K-Pop and boy bands, the pre-adolescence of rock ‘n' roll brought us Bubblegum. After the Beatles cleared the rulebook, Sixties’ record executives saw a huge potential audience in the kids. Too young for newly-alloyed Hard Rock, kids were devouring cereal, sweets and cartoons. A handful of songwriters fed the assembly line of hitmakers from 1967-1972 and Bubblegum was briefly fashionable pop music.

  • The POWER of POWER POP

    When is rock in fashion, but never truly IN fashion?

    Any great YouTube dive into the past will result in a passel of ancient TV performances that reveal more than just music – you also see fashion. In the early Seventies, the Hippie craze simmered and long, bushy hair paired with Technicolor bright clothes became the way to stand out. Whether it was Marc Bolan leading T.Rex with his mixture of dandy and flashy clothes or Robert Plant taking a more earthy look toward its Adonis-like extremes. Rock and fashion proved to be inseparable. 

  • 2nd annual best of the pine belt musical showcase April 27 & May 4

    For the second-consecutive year, Signature Magazine is giving Best of the Pine Belt voters a front row seat to see and hear some of his year’s nominated bands perform live and in person.

    In fact, this year there will be two chances – one in Hattiesburg and one in nearby Laurel.

    The fun kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at The Thirsty Hippo with performances by Ty Trehorn, Marshall McKellar of The Devil Music Co., Mississippi Shakedown, and The Icemen. 

    Each band will present a 45-minute set.

  • What's In My Closet: Music Festival Edition

    My parents are brave. I say that because at the ripe age of 17 and a senior in high school, they let me attend my first-ever music festival. Not a big deal these days, but “back then” it was a HUGE deal. Smart phones were ridiculously expensive and not everyone had one. The “Find my Friend” app didn’t exist and it wasn’t an actual feature on a phone. Google Maps wasn’t very popular so my friend, Ginnie, and I printed out directions from the Mapquest website and took a road atlas along just to be safe.

  • Pine Belt Paparazzo

    What more appropriate canvas than our Music issue for this year’s Best of the Pine Belt nominees for Best Live Music Photographer to showcase their talent. From the pit to the stage, these works by Sarah Douglas, Chad Edwards, Keith Kujath, Rob Walker and Amanda Kyrie are all winners. But only one can be named to the coveted top spot, which will be announced in the July issue of Signature Magazine. Click the picture above to view the slideshow. 

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