It’s snowing (icing) in Nashville and I’ve been cooped up, dreaming of hurricanes, hand grenades and King Cake. With Mardi Gras reaching its pinnacle while we’re all stuck inside, we could all use something to brighten our spirits! On the third day of every week, I’ll drop ten songs that tickle my eardrums. Variety of tracks will range from hip hop/rap, EDM, country, singer/songwriter, Americana, R&B and everything in between— something for everyone depending on what I’m jamming that week.
This week’s collection of tunes has a hint of Nawlins to get your through the cold weather. Here’s the tracklist:
Track No. 1: Keep Going — The Revivalists
The Revivalists are a soulful rock band out of New Orleans and they bring a rousing, euphoric sound to the table on this track. It also is a perfect message of perseverance that pairs well with the history of the Bayou city. And there’s plenty of horns.
Track No. 2: Hurricane Season — Trombone Shorty
In the spirit of Mardi Gras, let’s stick with the Big Easy brass. Trombone Shorty goes so big here. It might not be Hurricane season in the sense of rain and storms, but we could all use a big ole glass of rum, passionfruit syrup and lemon juice.
Track No. 3: He Calls Me Mama — Maggie Koerner
Shoutout to the guys at No Laying Up for putting me on to Maggie. Also from New Orleans, she can wail. Nothing more needs to be said, she’s awesome.
Track No. 4: Plug Daughter 2 — Kevin Gates
Kevin Gates is another Louisianimal. He brings his familiar, on-brand mix of trappy Southern hip-hop, rap rock riffs, peaking choruses and emotive ballads to his newest release.
Track No. 5: Mean Little Woman — Freddie King
Close your eyes. Imagine it’s the year 1955 and you’re in the French Quarter with a beignet in hand. You hear a blues bar in the distance and follow the music to find Freddie King making his guitar sing— and boy does he make it sing. That’s what you’ll get here.
Track No. 6: Should Have Seen It Coming — Franky Wah, AETHO
*RECORD SCRATCH* The second half of this playlist takes you away from the Fat Tuesday celebration. Rising UK DJ Franky Wah kicks things off with deep house music that is accompanied by AETHO’s sensual vocals. It will put you in a warm, melodic trance.
Track No. 7: Devil Like Me — Rainbow Kitten Surprise
I was introduced to Rainbow Kitten Surprise later on and I immediately loved everything about them. For those of you who didn’t know about the band, here is your baptism. This is their most popular track, and it pairs well with a nice glass of red wine while the snow falls— or really any time at all.
Track No. 8: Fools Gold — Anders Osborne
Dripping in fuzz box guitars and singer-songwriter blues, Osborne and his band hit all of the right notes. It just takes them some time to get there.
Track No. 9: Un Día — J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy
It’s nearly impossible to miss with an all-star lineup like this. Dua Lipa leads the way and some of latin music’s best artists join along on the ride.
Track No. 10: 1950 — King Princess
Soulful, killer vocals over a warm, atmospheric synth. Everything King Princess does here is brilliant.
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