“About” Red Clay Soul

Wow, What a ride.

I’ve been doing Red Clay Soul for eight years.  It’s hard to believe it’s been that long.  I started on a simple Blogspot platform, then moved it over to WordPress back in 2011.  We’re long overdue for another update, so here you go.  I hope you like how we’ve spruced up the place.

I am very uncomfortable talking about myself for fear of turning this about ‘me’.  It’s not.  By no means am I any sort of ego manic that counts ‘likes’.  This blog provides me a ton of enjoyment.  I decided to include an ‘About’ button on this blog strictly to talk about what we do here.  Most of you know what’s going on, but for new readers, let’s define what Red Clay Soul is all about.

I originally started the blog as a hobby.  With a new laptop, a new camera, and a serious interest in Southern culture and lifestyle, I was interested in contributing.  I was inspired by some of the old school greats, most of which I am now able to call friends.  A Continuous Lean, Sartorially Inclined, Southern Gent (RIP), A Trip Down South (RIP), and William Brown Project, as well as the Ask Andy Trad Forum and Garden & Gun magazine were all early inspirations; all helping to shape Red Clay Soul into what it is today.

Red Clay Soul is a lifestyle blog.  We talk about style and fashion (and the difference), sportsman and outdoor activities, sports, food, traveling, decor, and the people that fit into our ethos.  I like to think that this is a corner of the Internet that will give you an honest opinion on products, suggestions what what to do, where to go, what to eat, and what to wear.  We don’t do negativity here.  Items and places that I review are going to be honest, but in keeping with the ‘if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all’ mantra, you won’t find harshly negative reviews on Red Clay Soul.  I take no pleasure in Internet trolling products and places…instead, I choose not to say anything.

Back in the day, we didn’t have to think about mobile experience, site security, and image degradation.  Today it’s a reality, and my commitment is that we’ll keep our site up to date, so all of you can continue to enjoy.

Launching the third iteration of the blog is an evolutionary step in the maturity of Red Clay Soul.  I want this to be a comfortable outlet for enjoyment.  That’s really what it’s all about: you the readers.  I have the pleasure of writing about stuff that I enjoy, and there are so many of you out there who sing from the same sheet of music.   I want all of you to have fun while you are visiting.

Red Clay Soul is meant to start a conversation.  I like doing the work to keep the blog going.  I love the response from all of you.  Whether it’s via social media outlets, emails, texts, or comments to the posts, your involvement is what makes the blog whole.

Here’s to many more years of hunting and gathering, meeting and chatting, and celebrating the lifestyle.

All the Best,




  1. Cal
    02/20/2017 / 7:29 AM

    Keep up the great work JRS. Looking forward to you making it down to New Orleans some time. Cal

  2. ACM
    02/20/2017 / 8:03 AM

    Version 3 looks great! Here’s to another 8 years for you! 

  3. JCS
    02/20/2017 / 9:45 AM

    Great work JRS. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog since 2011. Looking forward to all the future posts.

  4. SJS
    02/20/2017 / 2:04 PM

    Love the updates, and that there is no negativity. Look forward to more!

  5. SWB
    02/20/2017 / 7:02 PM

    Site looks great! I’ve enjoyed your blog for quite a few years now. I value your opinion and appreciate all your effort. Keep up the great work. 

  6. RTB
    02/20/2017 / 11:55 PM

    JRS thanks for the many years of insightful suggestions and thoughtful reviews. As a college student, its been fun reading since 2014. I can honestly say you’ve helped shape my style and given me ways to stand out from the crowd. I’m excited to continue following and to see where this blog ends up many years from now. Lets grab a beer one day so I can properly say thanks. 

  7. PCS
    02/21/2017 / 9:57 AM

    Great new site JRS. I’ve been following since 2010 and it’s cool to look back through the archives and watch the progression of RCS. The blog is always an enjoyable read, keep it up.

    phi phi k a

  8. JSY
    02/21/2017 / 4:45 PM

    I’ve been reading for a good 5 years. I always look forward to the posts and lots of new and interesting things. Keep the faith and keep on posting! Here’s to another 8 years

  9. Jim Walters
    02/21/2017 / 5:38 PM

    Been with you from the beginning, great work! Love the new spruce up as well.

  10. David
    02/21/2017 / 8:08 PM

    Keep up the good work! I’m glad I found this website. Although not a Southerner, I share a lot of the same style — southern Trad? All the best. 

  11. Bill
    02/28/2017 / 3:30 PM

    I have been following RCS for years, but I have to say I like the new style.

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