This week we have a movie star, singer-songwriters, rappers on the rise, country duos, jazz singers, electronica, and pop and country royalty. If you’re new to this mix, it’s my homage to the many talented Southern women and non-binary and trans Southerners making this region an all-around better place to be.
Louisiana: Carsie Blanton, “Vim and Vigor”
“Music for smart, ferocious, muffin-hearted libertines” from New Orleans.
Georgia: Janelle Monáe, “Isn’t This the World”
In honor of the amazing Hidden Figures and the even more amazing Janelle Monáe.
Texas: Julia Lucille, “Eternally”
Austin-based dream folk singer-songwriter.
Virginia: Dazeases, “Plum”
Richland-based “electronica sad-pop.”
Florida: Emily Estefan, “Fuck to Be”
Miami pop royalty and singer-songwriter in her own right.
Tennessee: Tanya Montana Coe, “Rebel Heart”
Punk-infused outlaw country from Nashville.
North Carolina: Blue Cactus, “So Right (You Got Left)”
Chapel Hill duo playing modern classic country.
Kentucky: Nellie Pearl, “Live/Die”
Americana alt-folk from the prodigious Louisville scene.
Texas: INGRID, “Flex”
Houston rapper and Beyoncé protege.
Florida: Jai Malano, “Rocket Girl”
A jazz singer with a fresh take on the big band sound from Tallahassee.