Southerner

MADE SOUTH

In his work at MADE SOUTH, Christopher Thomas meets a whole bunch of interesting people doing really cool things around the South. These are the conversations he has with some of those people. Listen in as he visits with makers, authors, chefs, musicians, artists, and more.

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Chris visits with Sara McDaniel, also known as Sara from Simply Southern Cottage. They discuss Sara's passion for reviving old homes, how to grow a brand on Instagram, and a whole lot more.  To learn more about Sara, visit http://simplysoutherncottage.com or follow her at @SimplySouthernCottage on Instagram. If you're interested in MADE SOUTH Corporate Gifts for this holiday season, email holler@madesouth.com for details. If you'd like to become a MADE SOUTH Subscriber, visit http://madesouth.com.

Nov 2020

49 min 42 sec

On this episode, Chris visits with THE Peg Leg Porker, legendary pitmaster Carey Bringle, to talk about BBQ, bourbon, and politics.   If you'd to purchase a MADE SOUTH Box, visit MADESOUTH.COM. Check out our new MADE SOUTH YouTube Channel at MADESOUTH.TV.

Sep 2020

59 min 19 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Sean Dietrich, also known as Sean of the South. Sean is an author, humorist, musician and storyteller. They talk about Sean's new book, May The Circle Be Unbroken, the purpose of pain and suffering in the human experience, The Andy Griffith Show, and so much more. Southerner is presented by: Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Duke's Mayonnaise: The best mayonnaise in the world. Visit DukesMayo.com for recipes and a store locator. The Kentucky Experience: Join Chris on a bourbon and food adventure May 28-31 in Lexington, Kentucky. Check out all the details at KyExperience.com. Eli Mason: Make delicious Old Fashioneds at home with Eli Mason's all-natural cocktail mixer. Check it out at EliMason.com. Good Southerner: Stick on some South with Good Southerner stickers. GoodSoutherner.com.

Mar 2020

1 hr 8 min

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Ketch Secor. Ketch is the front man of Old Crow Medicine Show. They talk about finishing two Bob Dylan songs, joining the Grand Ole Opry, starting a school, and so much more. Learn more about the school he help found at esnashville.org. Southerner is presented by: Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. Duke's Mayo: The best mayonnaise in the world. Visit DukesMayo.com for recipes, store locator, and shop! Southern Whiskey Society: Check out the Winter edition of Southern Whiskey Society on February 29, 2020. Get tickets at southernwhiskeysociety.com Good Southerner: High quality vinyl stickers with classic southern phrases. Check them out at goodsoutherner.com/

Dec 2019

1 hr 10 min

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Chef Edward Lee. Chef Lee is one of the country's premier chefs. They talk about Johnny Cash, the superiority of Kentucky bourbon, bland food, and so much more. Find out more about Chef Lee at chefedwardlee.com. Southerner is presented by: Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. Duke's Mayo: The best mayonnaise in the world. Visit DukesMayo.com for recipes, store locator, and shop!

Nov 2019

1 hr 6 min

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Allan Benton. Allan is the legendary purveyor of Benton's Smokey Mountain Country Hams. They talk about being a being a foodie, making hams, what kept him up at night, and so much more. Southerner is presented by: Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. Duke's Mayo: The best mayonnaise in the world. Visit DukesMayo.com for recipes, store locator, and shop! 5th annual MADE SOUTH Holiday Market: November 15-16, 2019 in Franklin, TN. With more than 100 makers from all over the South, it truly is one of the greatest celebrations of makers, food, music, and drink all in one place.  

Nov 2019

57 min 38 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Trey Cioccia. Trey is Executive Chef of Farmhouse and Black Rabbit in Nashville, TN. They talk about running restaurants in Downtown Nashville, history of the Nashville food scene, Rabbit Rolls, and so much more. Learn more about the Nov. 2 event Nashville Gathers here. Southerner is presented by: Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. Duke's Mayo: The best mayonnaise in the world. Visit DukesMayo.com for recipes, store locator, and shop! 5th annual MADE SOUTH Holiday Market: November 15-16, 2019 in Franklin, TN. With more than 100 makers from all over the South, it truly is one of the greatest celebrations of makers, food, music, and drink all in one place.  

Oct 2019

53 min 54 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Jean-Paul Bourgeois. Jean-Paul is a chef and southerner currently living outside of the South. They talk about being a southerner in New York, crawfish season, eating like a southerner, and so much more. Learn more about Jean-Paul at www.jeanpaulbourgeois.com. Southerner is presented by: Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. Duke's Mayo: The best mayonnaise in the world. Visit DukesMayo.com for recipes, store locator, and shop! 5th annual MADE SOUTH Holiday Market: November 15-16, 2019 in Franklin, TN. With more than 100 makers from all over the South, it truly is one of the greatest celebrations of makers, food, music, and drink all in one place.  

Oct 2019

1 hr 7 min

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Marianne Eaves. Marianne has the distinct honor of becoming Kentucky’s First Female Bourbon Master Distiller since Prohibition. They talk about the changing whiskey landscape, visiting Kentucky, running away with the circus, and so much more. Learn more about Marianne at www.marianneeaves.com. Southerner is presented by: Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. Duke's Mayo: The best mayonnaise in the world. Visit DukesMayo.com for recipes, store locator, and shop! 5th annual MADE SOUTH Holiday Market: November 15-16, 2019 in Franklin, TN. With more than 100 makers from all over the South, it truly is one of the greatest celebrations of makers, food, music, and drink all in one place.  

Oct 2019

53 min

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with John Christian Phifer. John Christian is Executive Director of Larkspur Conservation. They talk about natural burial, embalming and the Civil War, the corporatization of the funeral industry, and so much more. Learn more about John Christian at www.larkspurconservation.org. Southerner is presented by: Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. Duke's Mayo: The best mayonnaise in the world. Visit DukesMayo.com for recipes, store locator, and shop! 5th annual MADE SOUTH Holiday Market: November 15-16, 2019 in Franklin, TN. With more than 100 makers from all over the South, it truly is one of the greatest celebrations of makers, food, music, and drink all in one place.  

Sep 2019

56 min 45 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Jordan Goodwin. Jordan is a blacksmith and proprietor of Axe & Anvil. They talk about his unique fashion, the paradox that technology brings to craftsmen, community and so much more. Learn more about Jordan at axe-n-anvil.com. Southerner is presented by: Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. Duke's Mayo: The best mayonnaise in the world. Visit DukesMayo.com for recipes, store locator, and shop! 5th annual MADE SOUTH Holiday Market: November 15-16, 2019 in Franklin, TN. With more than 100 makers from all over the South, it truly is one of the greatest celebrations of makers, food, music, and drink all in one place.  

Sep 2019

53 min 3 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Katie Jacobs. Katie is a professional stylist, photographer, graphic designer, and author of the book So Much to Celebrate. They talk about Nashville traffic, being a professional stylist, dinner parties, and so much more. Learn more about Katie at stylingmyeveryday.com. Southerner is presented by: Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. Duke's Mayo: The best mayonnaise in the world. Visit DukesMayo.com for recipes, store locator, and shop!

Aug 2019

43 min 16 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Brandon Frohne. Brandon is Director of Culinary at Holler and Dash. They talk about Brandon's personal journey, biscuits, mayonnaise, and so much more. Follow Brandon on Instagram @Brandon_Frohne. Southerner is presented by: Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. Duke's Mayo: The best mayonnaise in the world. Visit DukesMayo.com for recipes, store locator, and shop!

Jul 2019

53 min 6 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Alex Belew. Alex is the Executive Chef and owner of Dallas & Jane in Murfreesboro, TN. They talk about the challenges of being a restauranteur, Murfreesboro, his first kitchen job, and much more.  Southerner is presented by: Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- The Great Slider Showdown: Saturday, June 1 in Franklin, Tennessee. 10 chefs paired with 10 farms, 10 creative sliders, celebrity judges will select one winner for the grand prize of $3k cash and a Goldens’ Cast Iron Grill. Get your tickets at GreatSliderShowdown.com.

May 2019

1 hr 19 min

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Dolester Miles. Dolester is the James Beard Award winning Pastry Chef at Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, AL. They talk about coconut cake, working at Highlands Bar & Grill since day one, winning her James Beard Award, and much more.  Southerner is presented by: Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- The Great Slider Showdown: Saturday, June 1 in Franklin, Tennessee. 10 chefs paired with 10 farms, 10 creative sliders, celebrity judges will select one winner for the grand prize of $3k cash and a Goldens’ Cast Iron Grill. Get your tickets at GreatSliderShowdown.com.

May 2019

31 min 8 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Stephen and Jessica Rose. Stephen and Jessica are the founders of The Peach Truck. They talk about working as together as a husband & wife team, the Peach Truck Cookbook, and, well, all things peaches. Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- The Great Slider Showdown: Saturday, June 1 in Franklin, Tennessee. 10 chefs paired with 10 farms, 10 creative sliders, celebrity judges will select one winner for the grand prize of $3k cash and a Goldens’ Cast Iron Grill. Get your tickets at GreatSliderShowdown.com.

May 2019

59 min 14 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Nick Bishop Sr. & Nick Bishop Jr. The Bishops are the father and son team behind Hattie B's Hot Chicken. They talk about the future of Hattie B's, grilling, meat and threes, and much more.  Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- The Great Slider Showdown: Saturday, June 1 in Franklin, Tennessee. 10 chefs paired with 10 farms, 10 creative sliders, celebrity judges will select one winner for the grand prize of $3k cash and a Goldens’ Cast Iron Grill. Get your tickets at GreatSliderShowdown.com.

May 2019

1 hr 6 min

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Tyler Brown. Tyler is Executive Chef and a partner at Southall Farms in Franklin, TN. They talk about Southall Farms, foraging, music, and much more.  Learn more about The Rambling and Southall Farms. Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- The Great Slider Showdown: Saturday, June 1 in Franklin, Tennessee. 10 chefs paired with 10 farms, 10 creative sliders, celebrity judges will select one winner for the grand prize of $3k cash and a Goldens’ Cast Iron Grill. Get your tickets at GreatSliderShowdown.com.

May 2019

44 min 10 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Joe Leavitt. Joe is the Director of Event Production for Dave Ramsey, and a co-host on an upcoming project with Chris. They talk about theatre, BBQ, a new MADE SOUTH Podcast, and so much more.  Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- The Great Slider Showdown: Saturday, June 1 in Franklin, Tennessee. 10 chefs paired with 10 farms, 10 creative sliders, celebrity judges will select one winner for the grand prize of $3k cash and a Goldens’ Cast Iron Grill. Get your tickets at GreatSliderShowdown.com.

Apr 2019

1 hr 22 min

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Mike Vogel. Mike is a Hollywood actor, who has made his home in Tennessee. They talk about moving to the South, being in The Help, time travel, and so much more.  Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- The Great Slider Showdown: Saturday, June 1 in Franklin, Tennessee. 10 chefs paired with 10 farms, 10 creative sliders, celebrity judges will select one winner for the grand prize of $3k cash and a Goldens’ Cast Iron Grill. Get your tickets at GreatSliderShowdown.com.

Apr 2019

1 hr 13 min

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Dave Ramsey. Dave is the host of The Dave Ramsey Show and founder of Ramsey Solutions. They talk about barefoot skiing, heirlooms, gratitude, and so much more.  Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- The Great Slider Showdown: Saturday, June 1 in Franklin, Tennessee. 10 chefs paired with 10 farms, 10 creative sliders, celebrity judges will select one winner for the grand prize of $3k cash and a Goldens’ Cast Iron Grill. Get your tickets at GreatSliderShowdown.com.

Mar 2019

50 min 40 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Chef Mashama Bailey. Mashama is the executive chef at The Grey in Historic Downtown Savannah, GA. Chris and Mashama talk about being featured on episode 1 of the latest season of Netflix's "Chef's Table," her restaurant the Grey, and even getting your nails done in Chicago.  Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- The Great Slider Showdown: Saturday, June 1 in Franklin, Tennessee. 10 chefs paired with 10 farms, 10 creative sliders, celebrity judges will select one winner for the grand prize of $3k cash and a Goldens’ Cast Iron Grill. Get your tickets at GreatSliderShowdown.com.

Mar 2019

39 min 19 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Harrison Scott Key. Harrison is a writer, humorist and professor. His memoirs, the World's Largest Man and Congratulations, Who Are You Again?, have received critical acclaim for their comedic approach to growing up in the South. Chris and Harrison talk about writing, life in the South, parenting, and so much more.  Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- The Great Slider Showdown: Saturday, June 1 in Franklin, Tennessee. 10 chefs paired with 10 farms, 10 creative sliders, celebrity judges will select one winner for the grand prize of $3k cash and a Goldens’ Cast Iron Grill. Get your tickets at GreatSliderShowdown.com.

Mar 2019

56 min 27 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Maneet Chauhan. Maneet is a James Beard Award winning chef, author, TV personality, restauranteur. They talk about her becoming a Southerner, growing up in India, how she and Nashville chose each other, and much more.  Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- GUMPTION Conference: a conference that celebrates the best of the South, coming up March 9 in Franklin, Tennessee. Featured speakers include Sean Dietrich (Sean of the South), Beth Ann Fennelly (Poet Laureate of Mississippi), Odessa Settles, Jeff Shinabarger, and more. GUMPTION is an experiential conference where some of the leading creatives in the South share how they’re using food, drink, music, literature, photography, skateboards, and even spray paint to foster creativity and hospitality in our region. Tickets are limited, so visit GUMPTION2019.com for the full lineup of speakers and ticket information. 

Mar 2019

53 min 26 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Odessa Settles. Odessa is a musical artist and activist in Nashville, TN. Also, Odessa founded The Settles Connection, a recording, singing and songwriting group based in Nashville, TN. While the audio was recorded a few years back, it's a thoughtful and special conversation which you'll really enjoy.  Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- GUMPTION Conference: a conference that celebrates the best of the South, coming up March 9 in Franklin, Tennessee. Featured speakers include Sean Dietrich (Sean of the South), Beth Ann Fennelly (Poet Laureate of Mississippi), Odessa Settles (our guest this week!), Jeff Shinabarger, and more. GUMPTION is an experiential conference where some of the leading creatives in the South share how they’re using food, drink, music, literature, photography, skateboards, and even spray paint to foster creativity and hospitality in our region. Tickets are limited, so visit GUMPTION2019.com for the full lineup of speakers and ticket information. 

Feb 2019

1 hr 2 min

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Katie Coss. Katie is the Executive Chef of Husk in Nashville, TN, where she succeeded Sean Brock in 2018. They talk about her work at Husk, chainsaw carving, the age old question of Oklahoma's Southern status, and so much more. Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- GUMPTION Conference: a conference that celebrates the best of the South, coming up March 9 in Franklin, Tennessee. Featured speakers include Sean Dietrich (Sean of the South), Beth Ann Fennelly (Poet Laureate of Mississippi), Odessa Settles, Jeff Shinabarger, and more. GUMPTION is an experiential conference where some of the leading creatives in the South share how they’re using food, drink, music, literature, photography, skateboards, and even spray paint to foster creativity and hospitality in our region. Tickets are limited, so visit GUMPTION2019.com for the full lineup of speakers and ticket information. 

Feb 2019

33 min 52 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Brett Henry. Brett is the founder of Honest Coffee Roasters, Franklin Juice Company, and so much more. They talk about family, work, technology, and some big dreams.  Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- GUMPTION Conference: a conference that celebrates the best of the South, coming up March 9 in Franklin, Tennessee. Featured speakers include Sean Dietrich (Sean of the South), Beth Ann Fennelly (Poet Laureate of Mississippi), Odessa Settles, Jeff Shinabarger, and more. GUMPTION is an experiential conference where some of the leading creatives in the South share how they’re using food, drink, music, literature, photography, skateboards, and even spray paint to foster creativity and hospitality in our region. Tickets are limited, so visit GUMPTION2019.com for the full lineup of speakers and ticket information.   

Feb 2019

1 hr 23 min

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Jon Acuff. Jon is a New York Times best selling author, speaker, and he even did a stint as a stand up comedian. They talk about his work, writing, and even which states are truly "southern." Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- GUMPTION Conference: a conference that celebrates the best of the South, coming up March 9 in Franklin, Tennessee. Featured speakers include Sean Dietrich (Sean of the South), Beth Ann Fennelly (Poet Laureate of Mississippi), Odessa Settles, Jeff Shinabarger, and more. GUMPTION is an experiential conference where some of the leading creatives in the South share how they’re using food, drink, music, literature, photography, skateboards, and even spray paint to foster creativity and hospitality in our region. Tickets are limited, so visit GUMPTION2019.com for the full lineup of speakers and ticket information.   

Feb 2019

49 min 45 sec

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Dixon Dedman. Dixon is the 5th generation innkeeper at the Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg, KY. Also, he is responsible for reviving his family's legendary whiskey brand: Kentucky Owl.  Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- GUMPTION Conference: a conference that celebrates the best of the South, coming up March 8-9 in Franklin, Tennessee. Featured speakers include Sean Dietrich (Sean of the South), Beth Ann Fennelly (Poet Laureate of Mississippi), Odessa Settles, Jeff Shinabarger, and more. GUMPTION is an experiential conference where some of the leading creatives in the South share how they’re using food, drink, music, literature, photography, skateboards, and even spray paint to foster creativity and hospitality in our region. Tickets are limited, so visit GUMPTION2019.com for the full lineup of speakers and ticket information.   

Jan 2019

1 hr 5 min

This week on Southerner, Chris sits down with Cassidee Dabney. Cassidee is the Executive Chef of the Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN. Southerner is presented by:  Mountain Valley Spring Water: Delicious spring water straight from the source in the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Beautiful green bottles. Still, sparkling, blackberry pomegranate, white peach or lime. Available in fine grocery stores or online at MountainValleySpring.com. Follow them on Instagram @MountainValleyWater. -and- GUMPTION Conference: a conference that celebrates the best of the South, coming up March 8-9 in Franklin, Tennessee. Featured speakers include Sean Dietrich (Sean of the South), Beth Ann Fennelly (Poet Laureate of Mississippi), Odessa Settles, Jeff Shinabarger, and more. GUMPTION is an experiential conference where some of the leading creatives in the South share how they’re using food, drink, music, literature, photography, skateboards, and even spray paint to foster creativity and hospitality in our region. Tickets are limited, so visit GUMPTION2019.com for the full lineup of speakers and ticket information.   

Jan 2019

39 min 50 sec

Southerner, presented by Mountain Valley Spring Water, is the newest show on the Made South Podcast Network. Southerners don’t all look the same, talk the same, eat the same, think the same. This is a podcast for all of us. Hosted by Chris Thomas, Southerner features candid conversations with interesting Southerners. The first batch of episodes will be delivered on Wednesday, January 30. Subscribe now, so you don't miss an episode. 

Jan 2019

1 min 33 sec