• Noteworthy: Taking Music To the Streets

    As we gazed skyward at the last full moon of the decade, our hallowed history shone down upon downtown Hattiesburg and all its surrounding environs. Entering downtown where Bay transforms into Main Street, you first walk past the lush surroundings of Town Square Park via a newly-added footbridge over Gordon's Creek that descends upon a stage that stands ready for performers year round.

  • Noteworthy: Merry Christmas - Bing holds the record at 50 million copies

    After World War II, music consumption was at an all-time high with the industry making $10 million in 1945. Years of research at Columbia Records led to introduction of the new long-playing LP in 1948. While this format was introduced in both 10" (more familiar to classic 78 fans) and 12" (borrowed from the "soundtrack" records that played along with films in the theatre), by 1951 the MicroGroove 12" was the gold standard. Record company executives like Jim Conkling at Columbia saw the need to use the LP to at least try to satisfy the needs of every consumer possible.

  • Noteworthy: Royal Horses

    The union of Laurel and Hattiesburg is far more than that scenic drive up I-59. First, our sister city was actually founded the same year as Hattiesburg. Also, both municipalities were part and parcel to a lumber boom. Today, we both have flourishing music scenes with artists that regularly merit this perfunctory jaunt.

  • Noteworthy: Ty Trehern

    Southern Miss public relations student Ty Trehern is a man leading two lives. By day, a scholar and active member of the throng at USM. However, on those weekend nights, Trehern is on the road taking his uplifting music to the people. Since releasing his EP "The Sound" earlier this year, Trehern is now seeing audiences sing along with his anthemic songs and each successive gig grows into another larger opportunity.

  • 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.

  • Noteworthy: The Prisoner

    The 1967/68 series "The Prisoner" may not have run long enough to make lists with all the greatest shows in television history. However, these 17 episodes of mysterious drama were enough to inspire generations of shows in its wake. 

    If you were thrilled by multiple puzzle-like threads of "Lost" or the eerie subtext of living in a small interconnected community like "Twin Peaks," you owe it to yourself to find this brief run of a series which still resonates today.

  • On The Record: MIDNIGHT IN MOTION

    Try to describe the sound of a guitar with words. It’s hard, isn't it?  That’s because music isn’t tangible. It can make you feel. It will allow you to travel to a time and place that exists in your own mind- or in someone else’s life. 

    These emotions and experiences are usually what we use to describe what we hear; how music relates to us on a personal level is the closest we can come to calling it our own. 

  • 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.

  • On The Record: Be Like Mik

    Ever wonder how someone goes about becoming a legend? Whatever you do, don’t ask Mik Davis.  

    Because he won’t have an answer for you. Like most truly influential people, the longtime manager at Hattiesburg’s T-Bones Records and Cafe is far too modest to accept the much-deserved praise he deserves for his efforts to make T-Bones a local landmark and cultural point of interest for the musically and artistically inclined.
    However, it’s in his actions, where we find his path to renown.

  • Noteworthy: Hey, DuDE!

    There are but a handful of words in our esteemed lexicon that have traveled the circuitous path from slang to colloquialism to vaunted positioning in the hallowed papyrus pages of the Oxford Dictionary. 

    "Cool" resides here possibly because of its panoply of meanings. Defined as "fashionably attractive or impressive," it still bears the dreaded "informal" moniker and places in third among meanings. (One of today's vast array of equivalents, "dank," still has its original definition still attached. Although "hangry" made it.)

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