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.

New episodes will come out every other week on Wednesday. Subscribe:
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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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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.

Bobby Jones driving on Larry Bird in a Philadelphia-Boston game in the '80s.
Courtesy of The 76ers

Bobby Jones built a basketball career on his ability to guard other players, to the point where Nike created a marketing campaign calling him the Secretary of Defense. He was an All-Star five times in his 12-year pro career and won an NBA title in 1983 as a member of a great Philadelphia 76ers team that included Moses Malone and Dr. J, Julius Erving. 

Courtesy of the Artist

Kathy Izard -- our latest guest on the SouthBound podcast -- chose the first six songs on this week's Radio Hour in honor of her work with Charlotte's homeless. I filled out the playlist with some of my home-related picks. Enjoy at your home ... and maybe think about those who don't have one.

Kathy Izard

Have you ever heard that little voice telling you to do something more with your life? Kathy Izard heard that voice, and unlike many of us, she decided to listen.

Courtesy of the Artist

For Vol. 10, we've built a megamix of all the SouthBound Radio Hours so far -- more than eight hours of (mostly) Southern music for your enjoyment. As Ron Popeil would say, "Set it and forget it!"

Magnolia Pictures

If you somehow had a giant photo album of the last 40 years of fashion history, as you scrolled you would see one face over and over again, a head taller than most everybody else. That’s Andre Leon Talley.

Courtesy of the artist

Laura Vinroot Poole, featured on the latest episode of SouthBound, handpicked the songs for this SouthBound Radio Hour -- some Southern, some not. But there's definitely some fashion in here.

Laura Vinroot Poole

If you know much about fashion, you probably know the name Laura Vinroot Poole. The fashion business definitely knows about her – she’s a common presence in the houses of designers all over the world. She owns three boutiques in Charlotte, and her flagship store, Capitol, has now been around for 20 years. But Laura Vinroot Poole didn’t plan on going into fashion. The path of her life has surprised her, the same way it surprised her family and friends. It all came from one strong desire – to get back home.

Courtesy of the Artist

Most of the artists on this playlist were suggested by Webb Hubbell, native of Arkansas and the guest on the most recent episode of SouthBound. (Jimmy Buffett is on here because of his organist and producer Michael Utley, a classmate of Hubbell's at the University of Arkansas.)

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Webb Hubbell was a political prodigy. When he was just 29, he became mayor of Little Rock. A few years later, he was chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. And a few years after that, he was heading to Washington to serve under his friend, President Bill Clinton. But his fast rise was followed by a hard fall.

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