May 2020 Newsletter
We know these are unusual times, but we are remain positive and want to help you get through the lockdown as painlessly as possible. So we've created a list of books, films and TV series all set in the Deep South to entertain and inspire you whilst staying safe at home. If you have any recommendations email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add to the list.
HOLLYWOOD ON THE BAYOU
The film industry in Louisiana has grown dramatically in recent years as they've attracted big film and television companies that include the site of some of Louisiana's most recognisable historic homes. The success of Louisiana's film industry has gained them the nickname "Hollywood on the Bayou".
MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HERITAGE
Mississippi authors have contributed so much to world literature it is hard to narrow it down to a few recommendations, but we've tried! Faulkner is just one of the many literary giants whose love of literature began with a love of Mississippi, you can stroll upon Faulkner’s native soil at his home in Oxford. Many writers have given birth to a new generation of Mississippi literary heritage.
FILMS AND TV WITH TENNESSEE'S MUSICAL ROOTS
With its wide variety of landscape and musical roots, Tennessee has been the backdrop and filming location for many films and TV series. From Walk The Line following the life of the legendary 'Man In Black' - Johnny Cash to TV series Nashville that chronicles the lives of fictitious country music singers. You're guaranteed to recognise several places!
LITERARY TREASURES TO DISCOVER IN ALABAMA
If you think Alabama books there's one that looms above the rest - Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird". This story explores issues of family, community and race in a compelling voice that stays with you long after you've closed its pages.The Pulitzer Prize-winner will celebrate its 60th anniversary July 2020, but the state is blessed with an abundance of literary treasures for you to discover too.
KENTUCKY REIGNS IN THE MOVIES
Kentucky of course is famous for horses and bourbon, providing the perfect backdrop for films with these themes. Secretariat and Seabiscuit both feature Keeneland racetrack in Lexington with their stories of horse racing, whereas Bullitt County and Kingsman - The Golden Circle both have the bourbon twist. Kentucky's scenery also offers a stunning landscape that is some of the most diverse scenery in the country.
More Southern Snippets
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- Meet the first family of Bourbon
- The Ultimate Music Road Trip Part 2
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- Alabama Tourism Department wins International Award
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