Past Issues

 

CoverWi16PruittWINTER 2016

COVER STORY
Indelible Images: The photographic legacy of O.N. Pruitt
In his 45 years as a commercial photographer in Columbus, O.N. Pruitt created an indelible portrait of a Southern small town

On the cover: A well-dressed crowd awaits the arrival of someone or something intriguing enough to justify congregating in a field on a cold day, perhaps a dignitary or a barnstorming pilot in a biplane

 

 

 

 

CoverFa16Oswalt

FALL 2016

COVER STORY
A Change of Pace
Outdoorsman and former pro pitcher Roy Oswalt shares his experience in the Major Leagues and the yearning for home that never dimmed

On the cover: Roy Oswalt photographed on his Lowndes County farm by Luisa Porter in late June

 

 

 

CoverSu16Nashville2

SUMMER 2016

COVER STORY
Siren Song
Nashville has been luring musicmakers to her stages and studios for decades; we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Golden Triangle exports for an insider’s take on the Music City

On the cover: Nashville-based country/Bluegrass duo HanaLena (Caroline and Hannah Melby of Starkville) photographed in Nashville by Bill Steber in February 2016

 

 

 

Neely Tucker

SPRING 2016

COVER STORY
The Pull of Home

Novelist, Washington Post journalist and Oktibbeha County native Neely Tucker revisits his roots

On the cover: Neely Tucker photographed by Luisa Porter at the ruins of Longview in Oktibbeha County in early November 2015

 

 

 

WINTER 2015

COVER STORY
Backroads 

Clay County stop-and-gos offer more than food and fuel — a tank of gas, a bologna sandwich and a welcoming smile

On the cover: Blacksmith Bud Henley photographed by Birney Imes in his store near Una in northern Clay County in August 2015

 

 

 

FALL 2015

COVER STORY
Shark Tales

The best field trip ever! A morning with Mr. Ken on Shark Tooth Creek near Aliceville, Alabama

On the cover: Ken Owens and company — Photographed by Luisa Porter at Shark Tooth Creek near Aliceville, Alabama, in June 

 

 

 

SUMMER 2015

COVER STORY
On Tap

From the Golden Triangle Brewers to SweetGum Brewing Co., the craft beer movement is alive and well among area brewmasters

On the cover: Ed Dechert of SweetGum Brewing Co. — Photographed by Luisa Porter at Upstairs at Tyler in downtown Starkville

 

 

 

SPRING 2015

COVER STORY
Friday Night Lights

Friday nights in Chickasaw County were never the same once Sparta Opry’s neon guitar began to glow

On the cover: Catfish Alley takes a trip to Chickasaw County’s Sparta Opry, where musicians like Donnie Davis have been entertaining the faithful Friday night crowd for nearly three decades. — Photograph by Chris Jenkins

 

 

Catfish Alley Winter 2014 cover featuring Edwina Williams

WINTER 2014

COVER STORY
The Role of a Lifetime

Her friends call her Edwina. The larger world knows her as Mother Goose. We visit with Columbus’ most recognizable (and beloved) personality.

On the Cover — Edwina Williams photographed by Masa Hensley in Hensley’s studio in downtown Columbus, Miss.

 

 

 

FALL 2014

COVER STORY
Oh. My. Biscuit.
How many biscuits can you fit on the head of a cat? Whether you fancy yours beaten, rolled or dropped, these three area biscuit-making mavens share their secrets of the most Southern of breads

On the Cover — Lucy Bell Smith’s hands have formed thousands of biscuits for Columbus taste buds over the years — Photograph Luisa Porter

 

 

Catfish Alley Summer 2014 coverSUMMER 2014

COVER STORY
A Vision on the Prairie
Both rustique and refined, Windy Hill, the majestic home and gardens of Nancy Imes displaces time and place in southern Lowndes County

On the cover — Chase Pridmore models summer fashions along the trails and among the trees of the Plymouth Bluff Center in Columbus, Miss. — Photograph Martin Howard

 

 

 

Catfish Alley Spring 2014 coverSPRING 2014

COVER STORY
The Secret of Deborah’s Magic
The fictionalized murder of a returning black World War II hero and the unlikely people it brings together are at the center of Columbus author Deborah Johnson’s new novel, The Secret of Magic

On the Cover — Author Deborah Johnson photographed by Whitten Sabbatini at Temple Heights, the circa 1837 antebellum home of Dixie Butler in Columbus, Miss.

 

 

 

Catfish Alley Winter 2013 cover

WINTER 2013

COVER STORY
Maximum Joe
In his profile of the Golden Triangle’s über developer, Joe Max Higgins, William Browning reveals a sensitive soul beneath a famously gruff exterior

On the Cover — Joe Max Higgins photographed by Martin Howard at the office of the Golden Triangle Development Link in Columbus, Miss.

 

 

 

FALL 2013

COVER STORY
Michael Farris Smith: Rewriting the Laws of Nature
The author’s latest novel offers readers a mesmerizing story of passion and violence in a post-Katrina landscape

On the Cover — Author Michael Farris Smith photographed by Whitten Sabbatini in the waters of White’s Slough in Columbus, Miss.

 

 

 

SUMMER 2013

COVER STORY
Oh, Heavenly Days
As they have done each summer for 185 years, the members of Tabernacle United Methodist Church flock to their ancient campground for a celebration of faith, family and food

On the Cover — Soloman Smith photographed by Whitten Sabbatini while exploring the wonders of a spring at Tabernacle Campground just a mile east of the Mississippi/Alabama state line

 

 

Cover photo for spring 2013 issue of Catfish Alley

SPRING 2013

COVER STORY
Paul Thorn: Tupelo’s Traveling Troubadour
A singer songwriter from the land of Elvis finds music in the lives around him

On the Cover — Singer/songwriter Paul Thorn photographed by Whitten Sabbatini at the Country Store and Restaurant, a fish and steak restaurant, that until recently was also a convenience store near his home in the Union community in Lee County, Miss.

 

 

 

Cover for winter 2012 Catfish AlleyWINTER 2012

COVER STORY
Soul Music
Celebrating gospel music’s power and passion

On the Cover — Adlean Williams and fellow Sixth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church choir members photographed by Whitten Sabbatini while sharing their faith in song at The Saints of Unity Choir Day hosted by Northside Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus, Miss.

 

 

 

Cover of fall 2012 issue of Catfish AlleyFALL 2012

COVER STORY
A Life in Science: Jim Darnell
One man’s path of personal and scientific discovery

On the Cover — Vintage fall fashion photographed by Whitten Sabbatini on the streets of Maben, Miss. Cover models: Caroline Walker and Scottie Davis

 

 

 

 

Cover of summer 2012 issue of Catfish AlleySUMMER 2012

COVER STORY
A Peaceable Kingdom: The Mennonites of Noxubee County

On the Cover — Mennonite teens at softball practice, photographed by Whitten Sabbatini at South Haven Mennonite School in Noxubee County

 

 

 

 

 

Cover of spring 2012 issue of Catfish AlleySPRING 2012

COVER STORY
A Force of Nature
Mossy Oak’s Toxey Haas has turned a fistful of dirt, leaves and twigs into an “invisible” empire

On the Cover — Toxey Haas photographed by Whitten Sabbatini at the Mossy Oak Nativ Nurseries greenhouses

 

 

 

 

Cover of winter 2011 issue of Catfish AlleyWINTER 2011

COVER STORY
Life As Art
Contemporary folk artist Elayne Goodman of Columbus has a thing for found objects, whimsy and Elvis. Lots of Elvis

On the Cover — Elayne Goodman photographed at her home and studio by Whitten Sabbatini

 

 

 

 

Cover of fall 2011 issue of Catfish AlleyFALL 2011

COVER STORY
Making Over BillyB
How a small-town boy goes to the big city, reinvents himself and finds fame along the way

On the Cover — Billy Brasfield photographed at his home in Aberdeen by Whitten Sabbatini

 

 

 

 

Cover of summer 2011 issue of Catfish Alley

SUMMER 2011

COVER STORY
Dan Penn’s Sweet Inspiration
A Southern soul man talks about his journey from a Vernon, Ala., farm to the top of the music charts

On the Cover — Dan Penn photographed with his 1951 Plymouth Business Coupe by Whitten Sabbatini

 

 

 

 

Cover of spring 2011 issue of Catfish Alley

SPRING 2011 — THE PREMIERE ISSUE

COVER STORY
The Head Viking
Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier on growing up in Columbus and his path to a top spot in the NFL

On the Cover—Leslie Frazier photographed for Catfish Alley by Rich Fleischman at the Minnesota Vikings offices in Eden Prairie, Minn.