Music Review: Age Against the Machine...

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     As a Connecticut boy born and raised, Atlanta music came to me in three helpings. In non-chronological order: First came the dubstep, during a three-night tour through my old friend’s current life as a club promoting hustler savant, from the nightclub where we watched the crowd’s supplication to the DJ from our perch on the stage, to the bar where I watched blissed-out kids bob and weave in pharma-enforced unselfconsciousness to fat-assed bass. Second came the car-sheared-in-half-black metal that a second friend semi-professionally records, music so harsh and dirty your only recorded choice is a cassette tape. And finally were the two lodestars of southern hip-hop, Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and Goodie Mob’s Soul Food. Did I hear these diamond-hard classics at an epic sweaty house party? Did I discover them in a stack...

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Elder Mill Covered Bridge

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Photo credit: Lindsey Harris Photo credit: Lindsey Harris Photo credit: Lindsey Harris       Elder Mill Covered Bridge in Watkinsville, Georgia is one of 13 functioning covered bridges left in the state. The 100-foot wooden bridge was originally constructed in 1897 over Calls Creek. In 1924, the bridge was moved a few miles away via wagon to its present location over Rose Creek. Between 1924 and 1941, this bridge served as a safe passage to the Elder grist mill beyond the creek. Previously, all bridges built over Rose Creek would wash away in the spring during heavy rain and floods. The covered bridge provided a surer and steadier foundation.      After the mill shut down in 1941, the bridge was much more seldom used. In 1974, the bridge was deemed unsafe due to termite...

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Sweet Tea

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     It wouldn’t be summer in the South without sweet tea. Perfect for sipping on porch swings, lake docks and the like, this refresher is often reported to have originated at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. Though the drink was popularized there, most culinary historians now agree that sweet tea actually developed in the South long before 1904.      The first tea plants in the US were harvested around Charleston, South Carolina in the late 1700’s. Shortly after, many American (and English) cookbooks began including recipes for serving tea cold, though most of the early recipes were for green tea to be brewed and served with copious amounts of booze for tea punches. Sweetened iced black tea recipes began appearing the latter half of the nineteenth century, most notably in The Kentucky...

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Tallulah Falls Opry House

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     The last time I was at the Tallulah Falls Opry House was nearly ten years ago. As we drove from Blairsville over the mountains that stand like gentlemen guardians over Northeast Georgia, there was a lingering fear that the times had changed my favorite summer event beyond recognition. Not surprisingly, however, I was reassured the moment I smelled grilling hot dogs from the highway.      Now, as then, the herald fragrance carries with it the sense of community and family that the town of Tallulah Falls, Georgia has maintained against all odds for generations.      As all good things, Tallulah Falls’ Saturday night bluegrass jams started small. Mayor Carl Seamen had a fire pit on his property in the middle of town, and folks like fire pits. Where there’s a good fire pit,...

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Review: The Food Truck Cookbook...

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     Food trucks are a continuing trend in the Southern States. Once reserved for bigger cities like New York and Los Angeles, the slow growing economy has brought the popular mobile eateries to smaller cities including Durham, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; and Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta has just installed its own Food Truck Park this summer. Not limited just hot dogs and pizza, there are trucks hocking gourmet grilled cheeses, slow smoked barbeque, popsicles, ice cream, cupcakes, and pies too.      Who better track this trend than a writer who has not only dedicated himself to preserving our Southern Foodways but has also experienced the thrills of running a mobile food business himself? John T. Edge’s newest book: [italicize] The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America’s Best Restaurants on Wheels devours the...

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