We’re back with the best country music in the world, the most L.A. blues you’ll ever hear (via Texas, kind of), some deeply Mississippi blues, Alabama-born indie rock, South Carolina kind pop, and more. Really, we’ve got some very good friends of Auntie Bellum here. As always, this is my humble attempt to bring you the best music by Southern women and non-binary and trans Southerners. You’ll find the a Spotify playlist, videos, and the information I find most pertinent – the state these folks live in or hail from and whatever trivia I thought interesting. Please enjoy!
North Carolina: Sarah Shook, “Keep the Home Fires Burnin’”
Mississippi: The Como Mamas, “Move Upstairs”
The latest single from this powerful and soulful blues and R&B group from Como, Mississippi. Daptone Records will release their new album on May 19th.
Texas: Nancy and Beth, “Please Mr. Jailer”
So, the Texas part of this Los Angeles-based duo is Cameron County-native Stephanie Hunt, an actress and writer known for her work on Friday Night Lights among other tv shows. The other (strictly L.A.) half is Megan Mulally, who surely needs no introduction. Together they’ve making some show-stopping blues numbers that needed to be in a musical dramedy yesterday.
Alabama: Waxahatchee, “Silver”
Ahem, listen up. New Waxahatchee album on the horizon.
South Carolina: Those Lavender Whales, “I Love My Friends”
Out with a brand new album are Those Lavender Whales, featuring our favorite drummer Jessica Bornick and led by her partner, Aaron Graves. The new album digs deep into Aaron’s recent battle with (and victory against) a brain tumor. This song is a simply beautiful tribute to his friends. So many hugs to these folks.
Texas: Pearl Crush, “First Blush”
Houston-based dream pop musician and activist, Mandy Kim Clinton, just released her debut 7” as Pearl Crush, she’s a cofounder of DAMN GXRL, a booking agency committed to inclusive, safe spaces, and she’s a damn amazing activist.
West Virginia: Hello June, “Dance”
Straight out of Appalachia, Hello June is an indie rock wonder band full of pep and snarl and 80s nostalgia.
Florida: TOMBOi, “Rainbow Warrior”
Electro-pop outfit TOMBOi’s latest album is heavy, introspective, futuristic, and challenging. It’s a vision of an inclusive and just South by the folks doing the hard work to make that a reality. So excited to see new music from these folks.
Tennessee: Daddy Issues, “I’m Not”
“Post-pizza rock” from Nashville.
Georgia: Bitter, “When You Were Sad”
And, last but not least, from Atlanta-based Latinx queer punk band Bitter’s debut album, “When You Were Sad’ is the battle anthem you now know you needed.