July Playlist: Swing Me Way Down South

As we’ve written before, music has a special ability to transport us to a time or a place. Turn on a specific song and we’re suddenly post-Homecoming Dance twirling around Scout’s kitchen or in Zelda’s old Volvo driving to one of many quick recall matches in the cold midwinter. The South in particular has a long musical tradition, from spirituals to blues to jazz to Dixieland and the modern Americana Renaissance. We asked some good Southern folks living in NYC to tell us which songs remind them of home. This is what they said.

Cowboy Take Me Away: Dixie ChicksJennifer Harlan, from Louisville, Kentucky

Carolina in My Mind: James TaylorSarah Sheppard, from Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Deep in the Heart of Texas: Perry ComoStephanie Walker, from Austin, Texas and Courtney Towner, from Amarillo, Texas.

Let’s Stay Together: Al GreenCandace Bryan, from Memphis, Tennessee

The Temptation of Adam: Josh RitterKatie Beth White, from Louisville, Kentucky

Clair de Lune: Claude DebussyKendra Ralston, from Louisville, Kentucky

Moonshine Lullaby:  Irving BerlinKelsey Goldman, from Louisville, Kentucky

Wagon Wheel: Old Crow Medicine ShowPatrick Cox, from Lebanon, Kentucky

Maybe It Was Memphis: Pam TillisMary Lane Haskell, from Oxford, Mississippi

Neon Moon: George StraitJohn Corrales, from Odessa, Texas

Stay A Little Longer: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys – from Amy Charnock, Webster, Texas

Boat Drinks: Jimmy BuffettKatie Warden, from Deland, Florida

3rd Planet: Modest MouseKatie Levy, from Louisville, Kentucky

Bury Me With My Car: Ben SolleeLuke, from Sevierville, Tennessee

Georgia on My Mind: Ray CharlesJoanna Futral, from Atlanta, Georgia

They All Ask’d for You: The MetersCaroline Bologna, from New Orleans, Louisiana

Chicken Fried:  Zac Brown BandAnita Badejo, from Mountain Home, Arkansas

As always, you can listen along here, or we’re on YouTube and Spotify.

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