Pic Pick: Hammin’ It Up

Allan Benton has owned Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams in Madisonville, TN since 1973. His hams, bacon, and prosciutto have earned him praise across the South and around the world.

A Helping of Gravy: The Subversive Nostalgia of Cedric Smith

His grandmother ran a country store in Thomaston, Georgia. Though the store burned before Smith can remember, he recalls playing in the woods behind the tumbledown remains, riffling through junked advertising signs. Like art, advertisements carry embedded messages, Smith realized. Through art, he has recognized the complement. Much of Smith’s work is rooted in Thomaston, … Continued

Pic Pick: The Pass at Hannibal’s Kitchen

the pass at Hannibal’s Kitchen, Charleston. #PopSouth2015 A photo posted by F. Griffin Bufkin (@fgriffinbufkin) on Jan 31, 2015 at 10:38am PST Melissa Hall, on this shot from F. Griffin Bufkin’s Instagram: “Most of the time, the journey through a pass is a once-in-a-lifetime experience fraught with danger. But in meat-and-three and Soul Food restaurants … Continued

Your Weekly Pop: Singing for our Supper

Like food, music is one of the South’s most popular exports–a cultural artifact that in its highest form can unite across divided lines–and at its lowest can provide pure entertainment.

Pic Pick: Is Craft the New Pop?

“Popular culture is mass culture. It’s mass-produced. It doesn’t strive for authenticity, for craftsmanship, so much as to promote consumption.”