First mix of the summer features fresh, Florida indie hip hop, Texas punk rock, South Carolina folk rock, Louisiana jazzy, funky soul, and more. As always (though less frequently) these mixes feature mostly new music from hard-working and talented Southern women and non-binary and trans Southerners. I’ve included a Spotify playlist, videos, and just a bit of more on the summer-loving artists.
Florida: Geexella, “Bring Me Back”
A fresh and exciting hip hop artist and dedicated activist from Jacksonville tours this summer, so keep an eye out. “Bring Me Back” is my favorite track from their debut EP. And feel the influences – they wear some on their sleeve, while keeping some very close.
South Carolina: Diaspoura, “GTF”
Anjali Naik, the artist behind Diaspoura, grew up in Clinton, South Carolina, and her life there has shaped her art and activism in Charleston. (Her single “GTF” is on the Spotify playlist, which didn’t have a video, so you can enjoy two of her songs. Below is “Blue” from her 2016 album, Demonstrations.)
Florida: Natalie Claro, “Blood”
Do not underestimate powerhouse singer/songwriter and Tampa transplant Natalie Claro. Her new album is epic pop madness. Enjoy.
Texas: A Giant Dog, “Photograph”
Punk rock Austin quartet recently released this pithy love song from their upcoming new album. It features Britt Daniel and “saggy tits.” Here’s to braless performances!
Texas: Sherita Perez, “Blue Skies”
There’s a strong Joanna Newsom vibe here (minus the harp, plus some gorgeous guitar work), but singer/songwriter Sherita Perez is unmistakably unique. Also, if y’all aren’t paying attention to these Houston folks, please get on it.
South Carolina: Katlyn Redfern, “All I Wanted”
Raw, emotional folk rock keeping Charleston better than it is.
Louisiana: Tank and The Bangas, “Quick”
This New Orleans funk and soul group are the NPR tiny desk winners with the biggest sound.
Georgia: The Coathangers, “Captain’s Dead”
From the latest EP from Atlanta rockers, The Coathangers, who are, by the way, tearing it all up.
Alabama: Secret Sisters, “He’s Fine”
I recently heard the Secret Sisters on the radio discussing their last album. They called the recording experience traumatic, and they’d wanted to throw in the towel, feeling used and betrayed. Well, they were happy to add that they didn’t stop. This is an especially bitter song from their brand new album.
Tennessee: Rachel Baiman, “Shame”
Steve Earle recently said in an interview that the best and most innovative artists in country music are women. Nashville, by way of Chicago singer/songwriter, Rachel Baiman proves him right.