Top Voices From The South In 2019
The "SouthBound" podcast is more than two years old, and Tommy Tomlinson has given us insight into the lives of Southerners from all walks of life with his conversations. From artists to athletes to preachers and politicians, here are his picks for his favorite voices from the South in 2019.
Tommy's comment: I learned so much from Tony on what it’s like to climb all the way from the streets of Miami to the halls of Harvard – and how he’s trying to help young students navigate that same difficult climb.
Tommy's comment: Rhiannon is not just a fantastic singer and banjo player, she understands the deep connections of global music better than just about anyone. I enjoy hearing her talk as much as I love hearing her sing.
Tommy's comment: He’s a Louisiana politician, so you know he can tell a story … and the story he has chosen to tell is about how to understand – and maybe heal – the racial divide in the South.
Tommy's comment: Kyes has done amazing work educating prisoners in Alabama – and just as much work educating the rest of the country that being a rural lesbian Southerner is not a contradiction, but a celebration.
Tommy's comment: This one’s personal, because Chuck is a friend. But his “Up in the Air” way of living, and his career as one of the first openly gay sportswriters, would be compelling even if Chuck weren’t a brilliant storyteller. (He is.)