Southern Stories
Jan 27/17

The Duality of Southern Pride — An Essay Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments

The eloquent and talented Patterson Hood of the Drive-by Truckers has composed a thoughtful essay on the duality of being raised in the South for a new site called The Bitter Southerner.

It’s a little long, but well worth the read. (We had you at Patterson Hood, didn’t we?)

In this essay, the band’s frontman discusses his youth in Florence, Alabama, and his adopted home in Athens, Georgia, and the advancements he’s seen in Southern culture over the years. He goes on to list some his Stars of the South from Jack White in Nashville to chef Hugh Acheson in Georgia.

Here’s a snippet from his essay about the evolution of the South and its culture:

The paradigm is shifting in the South. There is plenty to dislike or feel bothered by, but there is also more to be excited about down here than ever before. Several of the midsized cities considered among the best places to live in the country are Southern. Louisville, Ky., boasts great art and food and a diverse music scene (anchored by My Morning Jacket, certainly one of the most vital bands of the last two decades). Birmingham, Ala., is in a bankrupt county and has more than its shares of issues, but it also boasts incredible restaurants and art and music and some beautiful old architecture.

The South is changing, morphing, growing, changing each and every season. And it’s up to us to shape it in the right direction.



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