SouthBound

The South… What is it? Movies, books, songs, myths and legends have tried to explain this part of the United States. SouthBound, a podcast series from WFAE, talks to people who were born and raised in the South. Hosted by journalist Tommy Tomlinson, SouthBound features conversations with notable Southerners from all walks of life – from artists and athletes to preachers and politicians.

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Who would you like to hear on the SouthBound podcast? Submit your favorite Southerner below and the question you would love for them to answer. Who knows... you might just hear them on a future episode.

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James Scott

James Scott is a young man who writes about old battles. He has published four books about critical moments in wartime, including three about World War II.

Ronald Taylor II

RJ Young loved a woman. The woman loved her dad. Her dad loved guns. So RJ, who had spent his whole life staying away from guns, plunged headlong into the gun world.

Allen Farst Photography

You might not know the name Chuck Leavell. But if you know much about rock 'n' roll at all, you've heard his work. 

Vivian Howard

Vivian Howard is one of the most unlikely TV stars in recent memory. She came back home to Kinston, North Carolina, after burning out in the restaurant world of New York. 

Courtesy of New South Books

Frye Gaillard has been writing about the South for going on 50 years. In SouthBound's home base of Charlotte, he was a legendary feature writer for the Charlotte Observer. But he’s best known for his books, which range from a study of school integration to a biography of Jimmy Carter.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Decker

The first time most of us saw Brooklyn Decker, she wasn’t wearing many clothes. She first appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2006, when she was just 19. Four years later, she was on the cover. But not long after that, she gave up modeling for an acting career.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 18

Sep 26, 2018

In honor of SouthBound guest Barton Swaim, a South Carolinian, here's a batch of songs from South Carolina artists — and one or two that mention the Palmetto State. There are a couple of curveballs in here — Hootie and the Blowfish are doing a Bill Withers cover instead of one of their own tunes — but it's still SoCa to the core. (If you missed our podcast with Barton Swaim, it's down at the bottom of this post.)

Courtesy of Barton Swaim

Three years ago, Barton Swaim gave us an inside look at a bizarre moment in American politics. His book “The Speechwriter” was a memoir of his time working with South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, when Sanford went missing and then tried to cover up an affair by saying he had been out walking the Appalachian Trail.

Gayle Jessup White and NCinDC / Flickr

Gayle Jessup White has American history running through her veins. Her family tree traces back to Thomas Jefferson, our third president.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 17

Aug 29, 2018

This week's playlist is inspired by our most recent guest, college football writer Spencer Hall. There's a ton of great college football music -- everything from marching bands to stadium anthems. (Except for Imagine Dragons. I ain't putting any Imagine Dragons on this playlist.) Hang your team flag, mix a Beam-and-Coke, crank this up, and enjoy.

Spencer Hall
SB Nation

Based on his photos, and his appearances on ESPN with Scott Van Pelt, it appears that Spencer Hall is a bear who has cleaned up just enough to pass for a man. Somewhere under all that fur — or, hair — is America’s sharpest mind on the subject of college football.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 16

Aug 15, 2018
Courtesy of the Punch Brothers

Recent SouthBound guest Ben Owen III curated this week's Radio Hour personally — these are some of the songs he listens to while he's working in his pottery studio in Seagrove, N.C. 

In the middle of the North Carolina Piedmont, halfway between Charlotte and Raleigh, there’s a little town called Seagrove that is famous for one thing: Pottery. Dozens of potters live and work there, continuing a tradition that has lasted in Seagrove more than 100 years.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 15

Aug 1, 2018

This week's SouthBound Radio Hour is a tribute to our recent guest Jimmy Russell, master distiller at Wild Turkey, who is known in the whiskey world as the Buddha of Bourbon. Our playlist is steeped in Jimmy's favorite brown liquor, plus a little rye and Tennessee whiskey on the side.

Courtesy of Wild Turkey

The South is responsible for the three greatest beverages in human history: sweet tea, Coca-Cola, and most of all, bourbon. And nobody alive has been involved with more bourbon than a man named Jimmy Russell.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 14

Jul 18, 2018

This week's SouthBound Radio Hour is a nod to our latest guest, novelist Tayari Jones, and her best-selling book "An American Marriage." Some of the tracks are mentioned or alluded to in the book; others are an attempt to match the mood.

Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones was waiting for her fourth novel to be published when she got the phone call that, in this day and age, most every writer dreams of — a call from Oprah Winfrey to let Jones know that her book, "An American Marriage," would be the next selection in Oprah's Book Club. 

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 13

Jul 4, 2018

This week's SouthBound Radio Hour is dedicated to our latest guest, Nashville singer Erin Rae. We start with her new album "Putting On Airs," and top off the playlist with some of the influences she talks about on the podcast.

Erin Rae is a singer out of Nashville who you’re going to be hearing a lot more about. She signed a record deal with Single Lock Records, the label co-founded by John Paul White, formerly of the Civil Wars. Erin Rae’s songs remind me of those Civil Wars songs – her music is quiet and intimate, trying to make sense of conflicted feelings. 

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 12

Jun 20, 2018
Courtesy of the artist

This week's SouthBound Radio Hour is a tribute to our latest guest, basketball legend Bobby Jones. It features some music from his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, a little gospel, a nod to his Olympics experience, and a few North Carolina-centric tracks at the end.

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