If there’s one thing I really respect about the South…it’s the music (and the food, but mostly the music).
You can easily make the case that the roots of all modern music is traced to the South. And when you really think about why, it is a bit unnerving and mind-blowing. The scourge of slavery created the need for call and respond, and it demanded the uplifting spiritual. Eventually jazz would transform into blues. Plantation whites stuck to the hymnals while the hill people started something that would transform into rockabilly.
The styles grew concurrently…but separately, until flashes of inspiration brought them together transforming human sound forever.
Georgia had a role in that, although nowhere to the degree of Tennessee and Mississippi. It was, after all, the muddy waters of the Mighty Mississip that fed this evolutionary leap. But you can’t deny the genius of Ray Charles and the ilk.
Nonetheless, when you look at Georgia you can’t help but to notice the musical diversity. And that’s why I loved the Georgia playlist…it jumps from the ballads dedicated to the Peach State before taking a country turn with Alan Jackson followed by the beats of Outkast. Then to the experimental sound from Of Montreal…matched with their Athens brethren R.E.M.
This playlist is schizophrenic. And that’s why I love it. I just wish it were longer, but we didn’t have a lot of drive time in Georgia.
***If this playlist doesn’t make sense, check out the rules of Sonic Sunday here