There’s a good bit of country music on this week’s mix, and then there’s a 60s french pop cover, feminist hip hop, a brand new big number from a hero of the classic college charts, and some seriously mainstream pop – just to name a few. As always, this mix is my tribute to the southern women and trans and non-binary southerners making the best sounds around. I’ve included ten artists, ten songs, the states these folks live in or hail from, a bit of extra info, videos, and a Spotify playlist. Please enjoy! Happy Obamacare Victory Day!
Tennessee: Linda Ortega, “Til the Goin’ Gets Gone”
A new depth of bittersweet beauty on the Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s latest single.
North Carolina: Loamlands, “Little River”
Do yourself a favor and fall in love with folk punk outfit out of Durham, Loamlands, “a musical endeavor aimed at telling stories of being from the South through present day queer caucasian eyes.”
Georgia: Sa-Roc, “I Am Her”
A devastating feminist anthem from DC-born, Atlanta-based hip hop maven Sa-Roc.
Kentucky: Angaleena Presley, “Good Girl Down”
From Presley’s defiant new album. In her own words: “I tried to tackle uncomfortable realities like the discrimination against female artists at the height of Bro-Country, the high school mentality of Music Row and the pain that’s just beneath the surface of the road to stardom.”
Florida: Hundred Waters (featuring Chance The Rapper), “Show Me Love”
Hailing from Gainesville, this electronica duo is led by Nicole Miglis’s ethereal vocals. Here, she sings a heretofore unimaginably gorgeous duet with Chance The Rapper.
Alabama: Lillie Mae, “Honky Tonks and Taverns”
Lillie Mae Rische bounced into the limelight at the tender age of three, and she’s not looked back. Her recent collaboration with Jack White shines a bigger light on an already rising star.
Texas: Selena Gomez, “The Heart Wants What It Wants”
I recently read a fairly revelatory interview with Grand Prairie, Texas-born Gomez that was meant to change my mind about her, and it kind of did. What I mean is that it was supposed to tell us not-20s or teenagers why the world loves Selena Gomez. In it, the interviewer claims this is the game-changing song that transformed her from a pop star into an artist. I’m biting.
South Carolina: Adia Victoria, “Laissez tomber les filles”
I’m thrilled, THRILLED, by this new EP from Adia Victoria, and I admire her activism. She’s basically one of my favorite people.
Georgia: Cindy Wilson, “Take My Time”
Listening to this song, I kept thinking that it belonged somewhere in A Chorus Line. Needless to say, I think the former B-52’s frontwoman has made a fucking statement with her two new concept albums.
Texas: Kelly Clarkson, “It’s Quiet Uptown”
Now I’m thinking about big musicals, so here’s one of the best powerhouse voices in the business singing some the best that Broadway has to offer.