• Books,  Featured

    Looking for Something to do in Nashville? Check out The Southern Festival of Books!

    Join us for the 30th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, October 12-14, 2018 at the Main Nashville Public Library and War Memorial Plaza in downtown Nashville. We hope you’ll be a part of it! The Festival is a free event with no registration or tickets required. Author sessions will take place in the main Nashville Public Library (entrance on Church St) and in War Memorial Auditorium. All author signings take place in the Author Signing Colonnade, located at the top of the steps leading from Legislative Plaza to War Memorial Auditorium. View a map of area parking options. The 30th annual Southern Festival of…

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    Elvis Presley’s Last Love

    On August 16, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee it was already 93 degrees at 2:30 pm. The humidity hung thick in the air – leaving anyone who ventured outside of the comfort of air conditioning sticky and moist. The world was only moments away from learning that one of its most famous and beloved entertainers had died. It was unconscionable that Elvis Presley was gone. Yes, he was suffering from an array of health conditions and was battling a now well-known dependence on prescription drugs, but he was only 42-years-old. He seemed bigger than life. He was making plans for the future. Then it all just stopped. Among the plans he…

  • Elvis Week 2018,  Entertainment,  Featured,  Music

    New Graceland Exhibit – Growing Up Presley

    As part of our ongoing participation in Elvis Week 2018, we’d like to share a video of the latest Graceland exhibit: “Growing Up Presley.” The exhibit focuses on Lisa Marie Presley and is sure to be a welcomed addition to the tour experience! The ribbon cutting took place in Memphis August 10th, with Elvis’ granddaughter, actress Riley Keough doing the honors. https://www.localmemphis.com/video/lisa-marie-presley-daughter-on-hand-to-open-new-graceland-exhibit-growing-up-presley_20180810221756/1360047009

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    Lewis Grizzard – A Southern Original

    During the prime of his career as a humorist, author and newspaper columnist for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Lewis Grizzard represented the true personality of the South; he loved the past, yet embraced the future. In fact, he so broke the stereotypical view the world has of southerners that New York Times reporter Peter Applebome once called Lewis “the patron saint of the new suburban South, where you could have both the values of the old general store and the designer label wares of the megamalls.” Despite being a professed bbq eating redneck, he lived in Atlanta’s exclusive Ansley Park area and travelled all over the world to sample…

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    Bettie Page: The Sultry Siren of the Southland

    Long before Miley (bless her heart) Cyrus jiggled her bony butt in an attempt to catch the world’s attention, a woman had to have real curves in order to be considered or marketed as sexy. The original and most enigmatic of the pinup queens was Tennessee born Bettie Page. In her brief career during the 1950’s, she made such a large impact that an entire cult following endures even to this day. As for Bettie, the attention became too intense, prompting her to retreat into her own private world. After she stopped modeling, she lived the rest of her life working as a Christian missionary. Yes, depending on your own personal…

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    Featured,  Georgia

    Draper James Jeans: Made in the American South!

    In the town of Blue Ridge, GA, workers used to proudly make Levi Jeans….that is until Levi’s started being made in China. Can you believe it? Levi’s made in China? Well, I guess if they can make our American flags, they might as well make what was once America’s favorite jeans for the working man (and women). However, recently, Blue Ridge workers started proudly making jeans for Draper James, the business venture of Tennessee native and actress Reese Witherspoon. In addition, country music songwriting legend Bill Anderson went to Blue Ridge to film a commercial at the plant for American made jeans. So, the next time you are shopping for…