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.
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.
Photo by Dearest Photography
The Krewe of Elks celebrated their 53rd carnival season at their royal coronation and carnival ball Saturday, Feb. 23. Committee chairs were Martha Johnson, Patsy Hawkins; Social, Sheila Calhoun; and Court, Janie Williamson. The new King and Queen were greeted in a “Casablanca” themed ballroom.
Photo by Keith Kujath
Cary Hudson’s roots run deep in the Pine Belt of south Mississippi. Raised in Sumrall with time spent in Jackson and Oxford, he toured extensively before making his way back. It’s here where he’s most at home – both with his life and with his music.
Jenny Moore is manager of Moore’s Bicycle Shop, where she began in 2003 as a part-time sales employee while she finished school. In 2005, she received her bicycle mechanic certifications at the Barnette's Bicycle Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She enjoys both on and off road cycling. "The bike shop environment is like a family to me, and I look forward to many more years here in the bicycle industry." In her spare time she enjoys playing music locally and bike riding. She and husband, Brad, recently welcomed Christopher Jeffrey “CJ” Miller.
Becky McKeehan, first and foremost, originally considered herself a writer of poetry – not a songwriter or musician, and certainly not an instrumentalist.
So it’s a good thing she decided to pick up a guitar one day – eventually focusing on bass guitar – or the Pine Belt music scene might be devoid of some pretty influential and well-known bands.
First impressions are important. For Greg and Leigh Ann Underwood of Hattiesburg, it was most definitely not love at first sight.
In fact, Leigh Ann found herself hoping she would be out of town at times when the group of friends that included Greg got together.
The couple met through Leigh Ann’s roommate, who had known Greg from high school and eventually married Greg’s roommate.
“She went to the sister school to his all- boys school,” said Leigh Ann. “There was always a picture of him in my room.”
"Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshineare hard to beat.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder
After a long winter, we're looking forward to the coming warmer months. As Hattiesburgers, we're blessed with an abundance of opportunities to enjoy our delightful spring weather. Whether it's Live @ Five, tailgating or an evening in your own backyard, here are a few of our favorites to enjoy alfresco.
Hemp beers (and let’s be honest, they’re almost all IPAs) have been around for a solid minute. Today, we examine Sweetwater’s entry into this trend, which is dominated mostly by brewpubs at the moment.
For their foray into hemp beer, Sweetwater has chosen to take its venerable 420 Extra Pale Ale and shake it up with the application of Columbus and Simcoe hops, and proprietary terpenes that they wed to hemp flavor. Once you pop the top on a bottle of this beer, you will immediately be brought back to your college days. Maybe for better, maybe for worse.