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Gas On, Gas Off – Part II of a RSM Adventure

“Now the one thing no one wants to do is drop the clutch and stall the car as he’s trying to pull away. No decent Real Southern Man raised on NASCAR would ever allow that to happen.”

In part one of his Real Southern Men Adventure at the Richard Petty Driving Experience, RSM Kris Wheeler squeezed himself into some ill-fitting fireproof jammies and steeled his nerve for a 180 m.p.h. spin around the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Southern Men, NASCAR & Fire-Proof Jammies

“Three middle-aged men are about to slip behind the wheel of a 600-horsepower, Sprint Cup-style stock car and take it for a spin at race speeds. When the green flag drops, it’ll be every man for himself.”

Kris Wheeler leads us on a Real Southern Men Adventure as he takes on the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Surely getting behind the wheel of a bona fide NASCAR stock car makes one a Real Southern Man … assuming he lives to tell about it.

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Is It Proper To Honor The Confederate Dead?

Another Memorial Day has come and gone and I suspect few people paused to honor or think about the 260,000 Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War. No surprise. It wouldn’t be politically correct to do so, right? After all, Johnny Reb wasn’t doing battle on behalf of the United States of America. And […]

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Gone: A Photographic Plea for Preservation

It’s impossible to overlook the irony one sees when looking upon the decay and ruin of a once grand Southern mansion, especially for those of us who grew up in the South. I’m at once haunted and irresistibly drawn to these ghostly vestiges — fading shadows of a former grandeur built upon the backs of slave […]

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DeVaughn Home

This home — which is a mere shadow of its former self — is known locally in Montezuma, Ga., as “The House on Literary Hill,” and was built by Capt. J.E. DeVaughn in 1885. I snapped these shots on a recent drive through Central and South Georgia. To read more about Capt. DeVaughn and “The […]

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The House on Literary Hill

It was on one of those typical smoldering, sun-drenched afternoons last summer when I happened upon “The House on Literary Hill.” I was traveling the back roads — as I often do — and on this day they led me through the sleepy South Georgia town of Montezuma. The architectural majesty of this old mansion, which […]

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Under The Radar: The Honeycutters

    From time to time I’ll be writing about Southern bands and artists (and those of Southern influence) that fly under the radar of commercial radio. I’m kicking things off with a sneak preview of things to come. Hope y’all tune in. — Kris • The Honeycutters: I wonder how many music fans out there […]

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Confessions of a Dixie Dandy

Do you like to dance?  I don’t mean the slow-dancing stuff — anyone can do that. I’m talking enthusiastic footwork here — gyrations, gettin’ down, bustin’ a move and shakin’ that thang. Honestly, I can’t recall the last time I danced with an unbridled oomph in my step. And come to think of it, that […]

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Montezuma Depot

As part of our mission to bring you as much of the good of Southern culture as possible, we introduce our “Southern Snapshots” series. Some may be artfully composed beauty shots, others may be just quick grabs of interesting sights on the back roads of “God’s country.” Here’s a snapshot of the old train depot […]

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