No one asked me to, but I’m proving my point that the South is more than the box folks keep putting us in. This is the second playlist in this series featuring new music from the South. Check out the first one to keep up.
The aim here is to find some of the best music by southern women and gender non-conforming and trans southerners in order to showcase and celebrate their work. As part of the magazine’s broader mission to reveal a more complete picture of the South and push back against stereotypes, I’ve been compiling lists like these for a while now. This is my first that will focus on new and new-ish music with a little history in the mix – pun intended. Enjoy the videos and Spotify playlist below.
Louisiana: Big Freedia, “Karaoke”
New Orleans bounce legend Big Freedia just released a new EP, and this number features Lizzo. “Showtime!”
Alabama: Deqn Sue, “Starter Adult”
This Los Angeles native and “part time Southern girl” Deqn Sue spends half of her time in Huntsville, Alabama, and the rest in California. Her latest single from her new album Juggernaut is a funk-infused pop song with plenty of millenial snark.
Georgia: Flamingo Shadow, “Black Cloud”
This Atlanta five-piece describe their sound as “ATL tropical punk sweet as skunk.” I love it.
Virginia: Strawberry Moon, “Craiglist Missed Connection”
A slow-burning indie rock number about modern romance – or the lack thereof – from Richmond-based singer/songwriter Katie Bowles’ new album Dust Bath.
Florida: The Pauses, “Digital Detox”
A new single from The Pauses, electronica pop from the Orlando band’s forthcoming album.
Virginia: Karen Jonas, “Butter”
Wait for it. This is a straight sizzler – the newest song from country chanteuse Karen Jonas.
Texas: Pearl Crush, “True Blue”
The latest single from Houston-based synthpop superstar Pearl Crush. Her new EP drops today.
Kentucky: Jane., “Before We Die”
Louisville-based Jane. has a heavy pop sound and a powerful frontwoman in Christy O’Connell. They’re new album releases on June 16, but you can enjoy their music right now on bandcamp.
Texas: MeanGirls, “Is it Me or Am I Just a Worthless Asshole?”
The latest single from the activist queercore quartet Mean Girls. Their new album releases today!
Georgia: The Txlips Band, “Die Today”
This is the first song off the new EP, Queens of the New Age, from best rock quartet in the South. You can hear the Atlanta band talking about women in music below, listen to their song on the playlist, and, you know, support their music by buying their album.
*BONUS* Mississippi & Georgia: Brandy & Monica, “The Boy Is Mine”
For your history fix. If you can believe it, twenty years have passed since this song was released. Mississippi-born, LA-raised Brandy Norwood co-wrote most of her songs, including this one – a blockbuster of a single that capitalized on her remarkable talent and the considerable starpower she’d garnered from her successful years in the starring role on Moesha. The song, the accompanying video, and the later performances played up a rivalry between Brandy and her duet partner, Georgia-born and raised singer Monica. Everyone loved it – awards and charts galore. It is still the most successful duet by two women, and the video captures the late 90s sounds and fashions and also features both Jerry Spring and Mekhi Phifer.