Summer 2011

Cover of the summer 2011 issue of Catfish Alley

Dan Penn with his 1951 Plymouth Business Coupe in his hometown of Vernon, Ala.

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

A Palace on the Prairie
Christy and Milton Sundbeck’s home in Clay County is a Tuscan-inspired “dream come true”

Derby Day Delights
The Run for the Roses, Starkville-style, serves up Southern flavors and supports Junior Auxiliary service projects

Ocean Springs Odyssey
The “City of Discovery” may just be your perfect weekend getaway

The Whole Story
Holistic medicine is producing results … naturally

Journalist’s Notebook
A look at Smithville through the heart and lens of journalist Carmen K. Sisson

Shades of Summer
Swimsuits, sunglasses and some rainy day shenanigans at the local water park

Editor’s Letter

Our Contributors

Book ReviewEmma and Tom Richardson review Michael F. Smith’s The Hands of Strangers

The Avid ReaderRob Hardy’s book recommendations will take you on a trip through the histories of fashion, slang and possibly even typeface

One QuestionWhat do you wear when no one’s looking? Here’s what a few of your friends and neighbors said.

3 Inspired PeopleDylan and Alyson Karges, Bessie Johnson and young Ben Potter are people with purpose

Food for the SoulHoly tomato! Get ready for summer’s super sandwiches

Photo EssayRivermont: Photographer Whitten Sabbatini shares his constructed vision of buds and brew

At the RootNPR’s Gestalt Gardener Felder Rushing has some advice on how to keep Southern gardens shining all season long

Successful StartupDan Cunningham went fishing and landed a great idea

MusicmakerLongevity is the name of the game for master musician Bill Cooke … and we bet you didn’t know he’d been a tennis pro in Portugal

OutsideThe Landscape of Kayaking: Discover wonders on the water with kayak enthusiasts Laird Bagnall and Willis Pope

Personal SpaceQuinn Brislin’s GoBox camp house is the “little dumpster” that could

Social CallAdele Elliott speaks “Southernese”

Restaurant ReviewG.E. Light visits Gordo’s Charcoal Rotisserie Chicken and Peruvian Restaurant in Starkville

Parting Shot