beach2bluegrassUS Highway 58 begins at the beaches of Hampton Roads and winds along the southern border of Virginia.  Author Joe Tennis (Virginia Highlands Community College) shares stories from this route, which travelers can follow from a statue of Poseidon, through the Great Dismal Swamp, past the original Lovers’ Leap, and all the way to the birthplace of country music.  Also featured: Inman Majors (James Madison University) believes that southerners of the kind he met as a college-educated bartender in Tennessee are absent from most current Southern literature.  He writes novels filled with characters from the New South–politicians, lawyers, poets, and teachers who love John Coltrane every bit as much as Hank Williams.

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