I’m here to tell you what’s new and new-ish in southern music. This is my inconsistent but persistent attempt to spread the good word about the women, trans, non-binary, and queer folks making music in the South these days. Now you have something to do besides puke green beer this weekend. Happy Friday!
Georgia: Sa-Roc, “Forever”
A blisteringly honest and achingly thoughtful new song from Atlanta-based rapper Sa-Roc.
Florida: Amara La Negra, “What a Bam Bam”
Miami-native Amara La Negra has faced a lifetime of slights as a dark-skinned Afro Latina, but, as the breakout star of this seaon’s Love and Hip Hop, she’s grabbed hold of her own narrative and is expressing her identity and talking about her life.
Florida: Baby!, “Bite My Tongue”
Boston-by-way-of- Sanford, Florida, beachy indie rock.
Alabama: Eula Cooper, “Let Our Love Grow Higher”
Soul singer Eula Cooper was born in Opelika, Alabama, but spent her teen years in Atlanta, where she recorded her first record at the age of 14. For years, she worked with producer Jesse in some of the most renowned southern studios, like Muscle Shoals and Fame. Numero Group has recently compiled her Tagar, Note, and Super Sound recordings and pressed them on a single vinyl album – only 1000 copies, just released.
Tennessee: K. Michelle, “Crazy Like You”
Memphis R& B singer K. Michelle’s single “Crazy Like You” is desperate, angry, passionate, and, well, crazy. Also, she just had butt reduction surgery, which isn’t crazy but, perhaps, rare.
North Carolina: H. C. McEntire
The latest video from Mount Moriah singer-songwriter Heather McEntire’s solo project.
Virginia: Anna & Elizabeth, “Mother in the Graveyard”
Spooooooky. Just kidding. This is top-notch musicianship and delicately beautiful harmonizing from neo-folk duo Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle from their Smithsonian Folkways release.
Texas: Jolie Holland, “Louisiana 1927”
Houston-native and founding member of the Be Good Tanyas has been a solo singer-songwriter in San Francisco since 2002. Her latest album with Samantha Parsons is a rootsy country album released a few months ago, but the brand new release featured here is the first track from a benefit album. Hummingbirds & Helicopters, Vol. 1 is Holland’s effort to help South Texans impacted by the terrific wrath of Hurricane Harvey. Her take on this Randy Newman classic is bluesy and haunting.
Tennessee: Ashley Monroe, “Hands on You”
Knoxville country singer gives us an earnest, generous, and pretty damn sexy long song.
Texas: Alesia Lani, “Along the Way”
You can catch sexy, soulful sounds of singer-songwriter Alesia Lani at SXSW this week.