This is terribly self-indulgent, but I’ve decided to do it anyway. Every weekend from here on out, with the help of my very smart and thoughtful friends (and hopefully some readers), I’ll be compiling a ten-song list featuring Southern women and trans and non-binary southerners who make good music. I’ll post accompanying videos and include a Spotify playlist. This is supposed to be simple and straightforward, so I’ll just give you the (southern) state these folks hail from or live in, their name, song, and maybe a bit of bullshit about them. Also, I’m always open to new music (you have my criteria), so please send your favorites my way.
This week I focused on new music, really new music (this is my new thing, get it?), that has been released within the last few months. Please listen and enjoy!
South Carolina/Tennessee: Adia Victoria’s “Dead Eyes”
Terrifying and wonderful, Adia Victoria is going to ruin all of us in the best possible way.
North Carolina: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers’ “Dwight Yoakam”
Whenever you find something this raw and unique yet totally familiar, please send it to me right away.
Louisiana: Leyla McCalla’s “A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey”
Breathtaking and a must-listen for fans of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Texas: Bonnie Bishop’s “Mercy”
This is a blues song for people who like the blues as sung by pretty, white women. Having said that, it’s also a really good song.
South Carolina: Grace Joyner’s “Dreams”
This one is brand new, beautiful, and, well, dreamy.
Kentucky/Alabama: Freakwater’s “The Asp and the Albatross”
These two remarkable women have been making music together for over two decades. I also had the opportunity to talk to them recently, so that’s coming soon!
Louisiana: Seratones’ “Chokin’ on Your Spit”
Seratones frontwoman AJ Haynes is a ball of Janis Joplin, Brittany Howard, and Joan Jett exploding into something very singular, at least in my humble opinion.
Georgia: The Coathangers’ “Nosebleed Weekend”
Fun and loud and bloody.
Florida: The Kills’ “Doing It Do Death”
Heavy and maybe good – I haven’t decided for myself yet, but it’s definitely worth a listen.
Georgia: Miloh Smith’s “Baby Miloh Two”
NPR told me about Miloh Smith, and I’m glad they did.