This week, I tried to balance the fun with the deeply sad. I’m confident that I nailed it. There’s some pop, some hip hop, and lots of strumming. As always, this is my ongoing effort to highlight the sweet sounds from Southern women and non-binary and trans Southerners. I’ve given you the states they live in or hail from, the songs, the videos, and a convenient playlist to listen to all weekend. Please enjoy! And keep calling your reps and senators. Forevermore.
South Carolina: Glass Mansions, “Nightswimming”
First up, our favorite pop stars, Glass Mansions, with their brand new single AND video.
Texas: Sam Lao, “Pineapple”
Houston-based Sam Lao’s anti-catcalling call-to-arms seems like a good song to keep on repeat for the next four years.
Georgia: Waking Astronomer, “Bottles”
Glitchy, dramatic electro-rock out of Atlanta. The band appears to be on hiatus but individual members are performing with other groups. Regardless, have a listen and seek out the rest of what they have to offer.
Virginia: Missy Elliott, “I’m Better”
North Carolina: Rhiannon Giddens, “Hey Bébé’”
The Greensboro multi-instrumentalist just released this jazzy, folky gem today.
Texas: Carrie Rodriguez, “Who’s Gonna Build That Wall”
Austin singer/songwriter Rodriguez along with Chip Taylor give us a devastating version of Tom Russell’s 2008 song – all the more relevant now.
North Carolina: Tift Merritt, “Heartache Is an Uphill Climb”
Welcome back, Ms. Merritt!
Tennessee: Valerie June, “Shakedown”
Beautiful, bluesy music from the Memphis folk rocker’s upcoming new album.
Tennessee: Poly, “Cary Grant”
This is the sweetest song about divorce and dickheads that you’ll ever hear from Nashville indie pop group Poly.
Florida: Boyfriend Material, “Absentminded”
A quiet, ukulele-fueled song from Gainesville singer/songwriter Shauna.