Southern Leisure

From rocking chairs to outdoor barbeques, the South has long enjoyed a reputation for its slower pace of life and festivities. In some sense this is surprising, given the region’s historical focus on agriculture and other forms of manual labor. However, in many ways this has catalyzed the development of a variety of ways to unwind after a long, hard day’s work. The tremendous importance of Southern leisure is reflected by the iconic sounds of NASCAR, barbeques, and football games. Some of these sounds have undergone great change since their inception, while other traditions have remained the same, allowing one to glimpse back into the past through audial immersion. As you listen to this section, we invite to consider which sounds have been altered by modernization, and which ones have remained constant.