Georgia Playlist

What's the quintessential Georgia song? Who is the ultimate Georgia musician? What defines Georgia music?

Georgia Playlist is an occasional series that airs on the public radio show "On Second Thought." We ask Georgia musicians to pick two songs that best represent the Peach State. The nominations have to be written by or performed by someone with strong Georgia roots. And, the tunes can't be one of the nominating musician's own songs.

The result is an essential playlist of Georgia's finest music. Enjoy!

Have a nomination? Call us at (404) 500-9457 or email onsecondthought@gpb.org.

 

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When Bryan Rucker and Ryan Bars became step-brothers, they also became a band. Based in Atlanta, The Norm fuses hip-hop, rock and pop, creating a sound far from normal.

Just in time for the summer solstice, The Norm's new single, "Summer Days," is out today. The band is set to perform at AthFest on Saturday, but first, Rucker and Bars stopped by GPB to add two songs to our Georgia Playlist of songs written or performed by a Georgian. Rucker chose OutKast's "Ms. Jackson" and Bars picked "Rubber Band Man" by T.I. 


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Rose Hotel is not a hotel at all. It's a band. But that doesn't mean that their tunes won't make you dream, with their lo-fi, bedroom indie-pop sound. It's the music project of Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Jordan Reynolds. 

Rose Hotel's debut LP, called I Will Only Come When It's A Yes, is out today. There is an album release concert Friday at 529 in East Atlanta Village. First, Reynolds joined On Second Thought to add to our Georgia Playlist of songs written or performed by a Georgian. She selected "SpottieOttieDopaliscious" by Outkast and "Keep the Change" by Mattiel.


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With a curled lip and a graveled voice, Atlanta-based band The Coathangers will tell you what they think. Their gritty garage music incorporates influences that range from early punk to the golden oldies of rock 'n' roll. And yet, their lyrics are undeniably modern. The trio's new album, The Devil You Know, features songs that address current social issues like drug addiction and gun control.

We asked two members of The Coathangers, Meredith Franco and Julia Kugel, to add to our Georgia Playlist of songs written or performed by a Georgian. Their picks? "Frankenstein" by Subsonics and "Bad Kids" by Black Lips.


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David Harris is a music producer and composer from Manchester. The LaGrange College graduate has worked closely with rhythm and blues musician, H.E.R. Harris collaborated with H.E.R. on "Focus," which is nominated for best R&B song at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Harris also worked on other songs from H.E.R.'s debut album that is nominated for best R&B album. 

"On Second Thought" asked Harris to choose two songs for the Georgia Playlist. Music artists choose two songs written or performed by a Georgian, and they can't nominate their own songs. Harris chose Otis Redding's "Sittin' On The Dock of The Bay" and Thomas Dorsey's "Precious Lord." 


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We bended our Georgia Playlist rules this week. Normally, we ask musicians and bands to pick two songs by Georgia born or based artists. For Friday's show, we have three. Nelson Patton features Dave Nelson on looping trombone and Marlon Patton on drums and moog bass pedals. The experimental duo's debut album, "Along The Way," is out now and they will perform with Deantoni Parks at The Bakery in Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 21. 

Deantoni Parks is an experimental drummer, songwriter and actor raised in Newnan. Parks is now based in New York. We avoided a stand-off between the three by allowing each one pick for the Georgia playlist. 


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Now we add some more songs to our essential Georgia playlist from Brandon Bush. We ask artists to pick two songs written or performed by another Georgian that best represent the state.

Brandon Bush is a member of Train and a studio musician who worked on songs by John Mayer and Sugarland.

 


Amy Ray, left, standing with producer Elena Rivera, right.
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Now we add some more songs to our essential Georgia playlist from Amy Ray. We ask artists to pick two songs written or performed by another Georgian that best represent the state.

Amy Ray is part of the seminal folk group Indigo Girls. Her sixth solo studio album, "Holler," is out this Friday.


Georgia Playlist: Ruby Velle

Jul 17, 2018
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We added two more songs to our Georgia Playlist from Ruby Velle. She’s the lead singer for the Atlanta retro, soul band Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics. They will be performing at the annual Bragg Jam in Macon July 28. 


Georgia Playlist: Material Girls

Jul 6, 2018
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Atlanta-based glam-punk band Material Girls releases its first full-length album today. It's called "Leather." Maybe you heard them on NPR's "All Songs Considered." We called home court advantage and asked the group's frontman, Ben Presley, for some additions to our Georgia Playlist.


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Opera singers Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves are married. Together they co-founded the Savannah VOICE Festival and as a couple have worked to expand and enliven Savannah’s opera scene. We asked them to contribute two songs to our growing Georgia Playlist. 

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April 30 is International Jazz Day. To celebrate the occasion, we invited local jazz singer Virginia Schenck to add two songs to our growing Georgia Playlist. 

Georgia Playlist: Hamilton Park

Apr 16, 2018
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Self-proclaimed "last real R&B group" Hamilton Park adds two songs to our growing Georgia Playlist. 

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What is the quintessential Georgia song? Atlanta-based punk rock group The Coathangers adds their picks to our growing Georgia Playlist. 

Neighbor Lady

We add two more tunes to our ever-growing Georgia Playlist. Merideth Hanscom plays with the Athens-based group Neighbor Lady. They perform at 529 Bar in Atlanta tonight [Jan. 31]. Hanscom brings us tracks by Deerhunter and Omni.

Georgia Playlist: Lingua Franca

Dec 1, 2017
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We add two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. Mariah Parker, better known by her moniker Lingua Franca, is an Athens-based hip hop artist. She’s performs at The Bakery in Atlanta this Saturday, at The World Famous in Athens next Tuesday, and at Fresh Produce Records in Macon next Wednesday. Parker brings us tunes by Of Montreal and Andre 3000.

We added two more songs to our Georgia Playlist, courtesy of Atlanta violinist Ken Ford. There’s an electricity present whenever he starts playing. Ford has performed with the likes of Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, Cee Lo Green, and many others. He gave us a glimpse of his taste in Georgia music with songs by India.Arie and OutKast. 

Ken Ford has two shows Friday, November 24 at Atlanta’s Center Stage at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Georgia Playlist: Philip Frobos of Omni

Oct 17, 2017

We add two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. Philip Frobos is the bassist and vocalist for the Atlanta band OMNI. They released their second album, “Multi-Task,” last month. Frobos brings us tunes by Love Tractor and Current Rage.

Georgia Playlist: Gresham Cash Of Oak House

Oct 11, 2017
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We add two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. Gresham Cash is the guitarist and front man for the Georgia band Oak House. Cash brings us tunes by Deerhunter and the Allman Brothers.

Oak House performs at the Earl in Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 10 p.m. 

Chalane Bauzo

One of the performers at this weekend's Afropunk music festival in Atanta is Atlanta-based DJ Chalane Bauzo, who goes by Anónima. We asked her to add two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. For this, we have people in Georgia's music industry pick their two favorite songs written or performed by another Georgian. DJ Anónima chose works by Matt Martians and Abra.

 

Georgia Playlist: Evan Leima Of Dream Culture

Sep 29, 2017
Dream Culture

We add two more tunes to our ever-growing Georgia Playlist. Evan Leima is the frontman and guitarist for Athens-based Dream Culture. Leima brings us tracks by Washed Out and Warehouse.

 

 

Shawn Mullins

We added a couple of tunes to the Georgia Playlist, courtesy of Atlanta singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins. Mullins chose tracks from Gladys Knight & the Pips and the Indigo Girls.

Georgia Playlist: Jason Fusco Of Shehehe

Aug 11, 2017
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We add a couple more tunes to the Georgia Playlist, our essential list of songs that best represent Georgia. Today we feature Athens-band Shehehe, who release a new album, called “Endless Summer,” this weekend [August 12]. Drummer and singer Jason Fusco brings us his picks for the Georgia Playlist, including tunes by The Glands and Illegal Drugs.

Shehehe performs at the 40 Watt in Athens this Saturday at 9 p.m.

Georgia Playlist: Pylon's Vanessa Briscoe Hay

Jul 27, 2017
Jason Thrasher

All this week we get additions to the essential Georgia Playlist from musicians playing at Bragg Jam in Macon this weekend, July 28-29. The series is produced by GPB’s Trevor Young. Today’s picks come from Vanessa Briscoe Hay, former frontwoman for the legendary Athens band Pylon.

Georgia Playlist: Tall Tall Trees

Jul 26, 2017
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All this week we get additions to the essential Georgia Playlist from musicians playing at Bragg Jam in Macon this weekend, July 28-29. Today’s picks come from banjoist Mike Savino, also known as Tall Tall Trees. He’s performed with groups like Of Montreal and Kishi Bashi. He brings us music from Jerry Reid and R.E.M.

Tall Tall Trees' Bragg Jam performance will be at the Bearfoot Beer Garden this Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Georgia Playlist: Thayer Sarrano

Jun 23, 2017
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All this week we get additions to the essential Georgia playlist from musicians playing at AthFest over the weekend, June 23-25. Today’s picks come from Athens singer/songwriter Thayer Sarrano. She adds some tunes from Don Chambers and Vic Chesnutt.

Thayer Sarrano performs at the Caledonia Lounge Friday at midnight as part of AthFest.

Georgia Playlist: Thomas Johnson Of Futurebirds

Jun 22, 2017
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All this week, we get additions to the essential Georgia Playlist from musicians playing at AthFest over the weekend, June 23-25. Today’s picks come from Thomas Johnson, guitarist for Athens indie group Futurebirds. He adds some tunes from Star Room Boys and Now It's Overhead.

Futurebirds perform at AthFest on the Main Stage this Friday at 9 p.m.

Georgia Playlist: Roadkill Ghost Choir

Jun 21, 2017
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All this week we get additions to the essential Georgia playlist from musicians playing at AthFest over the weekend, June 23-25. Today’s picks come from Andrew Shepard of the Athens-based band Roadkill Ghost Choir. Picks include songs by Neutral Milk Hotel and Thayer Sarrano.

Georgia Playlist: T. Hardy Morris

Jun 20, 2017
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All this week we get additions to the essential Georgia Playlist from musicians playing at AthFest over the weekend, June 23-25. Today’s picks come from Athens-based singer/songwriter T. Hardy Morris. He waxes about music by James Brown and Robert Lester Folsom.

Hardy will perform the first night of AthFest at 1 a.m., June 23 at the Caledonia Lounge in Athens.

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All this week we get additions to the essential Georgia playlist from musicians playing at AthFest over the weekend, June 23-25. Athens band Five Eight is one staple in the town’s music scene. The group has performed with R.E.M., Pylon, and The Ramones. Frontman Mike Mantione adds two songs to our essential Georgia Playlist, including picks from The Glands and Vic Chesnutt. 

Five Eight performs at AthFest this Sunday on the Hull St. Stage at 6:30 p.m.

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Opera singer Jamie Barton of Rome, Georgia adds two more songs to our essential Georgia Playlist, a collection of songs by the state’s most beloved musical artists. She chose works by Michael Daves and Roland Hayes.

 

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