When you hail from Oxford, Mississippi, and your band's handle is "Kudzu Kings," you'd better be damn good. The title is a volatile moniker given that kudzu -- an invasive vine that covers millions of acres of Southern land -- replaced cotton as the King of the South years ago. Since arriving on U.S. soil in 1876 as part of a Japanese gardening exhibition, the plant (a lush green vine that can grow up to a foot a day) has trashed more Dixie dirt than Sherman's March. Once considered a dream forage crop for livestock growers and the perfect ground cover for farmers (the U.S. Soil Conservation Service paid them to grow the stuff in the 1930s), kudzu has been deemed a menace to society since the '50s. It now covers -- literally -- buildings, utility lines, farmland and forests... More >>>
The Kudzu Kings' humorous blend of humor and high-level playing is slowly taking over the South.