As promised, another weekend means another ten songs featuring Southern women and trans and non-binary southerners who make good music. I have videos and a Spotify playlist, and I’ve included the (southern) state these folks hail from or live in, their name, song, and just a bit of other bullshit.
This week is lousy with Texans and Foridians. I’m biased toward Florida (it’s my way), but I can’t explain all of these Texas women, other than they’ve put out some amazing music. Also, please get used to most of these songs being NSFW, as they say. If you’re surrounded by the types that clutch their pearls over bold, frank lyrics, you can take a stand or hook up the ear buds.
Louisiana: Gland, “Cram It”
Defiant, brave, dirty, and wild music. Highly recommended.
Florida: TOMBOi, “Surrender”
TOMBOi wear their queer, Southern hearts on their sleeve, and their music is an electronica timewarp that manages to be super new at the same time.
Texas: Lyric Michelle, “Weekend (La Di da Di)”
Holy shit. Do yourself a favor and give this song the time it deserves.
Florida: Kat Dahlia, “I Think I’m in Love”
Great, epic pop music. Just set aside any reservations and listen.
Florida: Kilo Tango, “Will U Go”
Some jangly, surf-y garage pop to ease you into an already blazing summer. Also, these folks have released a brand new song you can find on Le Sigh and bandcamp.
North Carolina: Des Ark, “Don Taco and His Hot Sauce Toss”
High and light, from her latest album
South Carolina: Stefanie Santana, “Grown Up Joke”
My favorite from the debut album of this soon-to-be New Yorker. Keep your eyes peeled for anything new coming from this extraordinary woman. South Carolina is going to miss her dearly.
Tennessee: Valerie June, “Working Woman Blues”
June’s vocal and arrangement make any traditional song a brand new gem.
Texas: Amanda Shires, “Look Like a Bird”
It’s been a shit week for justice and I think we could all use this dark but somehow soothing song. Amanda Shires is a bad ass. She’s a new mom and a constant companion to her partner in love and country music, and she’ll have a new album out soon.
Texas: Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready to Make Nice”
Like I said, shitty week. If you’re interested in expressing some outrage, this may help. Also, I know the Dixie Chicks are only one-third Southern (in case you’re keeping track), but this is Natalie Maines’ song, through and through.