While scanning my Twitter feed today, I noticed that one of the guys that I follow mentioned his rediscovered love of mix tapes. He posted that he had created a brand new mix titled Southbound. For those of you that know me, I was immediately intrigued.
I asked @jacobslaton to post the song list when he had a chance because the title grabbed my attention. Having never met Jacob in person, I wasn’t sure what to expect. This song list could be full of country classics or southern anthems, perhaps Molly Hatchet and Lynyrd Skynyrd. I would have been ok with those selections, but that’s not what I found.
My first thoughts were WOW! We’ve never met, right? Could this be love at first listen? I think so. Dude, you know your music. I started a blog post that included my thoughts on each song. I realized that it wasn’t a blog post, it was a book. It’s tucked away and may see light down the road.
Here’s the thing. These are all bands that I would associate with the South. All bands that I have used on my own mix tapes in the past. However, I am not sure I’ve ever used any of these songs. Sure, every southerner has jammed a Grateful Tune here and there, but Big River? Come on! What a great choice!
Alright, I’ll give it to you on the Joe Cocker tune. You Can Leave Your Hat On is in my top three Cocker tunes of all time. Seriously overlooked, like lots of his work in the 80s. Great tune, dude!
Let’s talk about The Meters. I’m in my third week of EVER listening to this band and I’m so mad at myself for ignoring them in the past. I honestly believe that it was impossible for those guys to make a bad song. I’m hooked!
Let me offer one suggestion, if I may. I can hardly listen to any North Mississippi All Stars’ studio recordings. I love everything about them, their dad and their love for R.L. Burnside, but dammit, they are much better live. I would’ve gone with the version found on the Hill Country Revue album recorded at Bonnaroo in 2004. If you’ve never watched Cedric Burnside at White Water, I’m taking you next time he’s in town.
Moving down the playlist, the jams keep coming. I love the Proclaimers pick. I probably would’ve never put them on a southern mix, but I love it. The Queen tune is a great touch to this superb mix. Wait, I almost forgot. THANK YOU for choosing something other than Wagon Wheel for Old Crow Medicine Show. They deserve it.
You’ve got some great tracks to round out the end of this mix. I will have to say, Jeff Tweedy has a voice that will always make me think of the south. Wilco’s Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot are two of my favorite albums of all time. Great choice!
Lastly, I’ll comment on Willie Nelson’s Whiskey River. I don’t think I’ve made a mix tape between May and September that excluded this tune. I think I’ll be digging out my Milk Cow Blues album after listening to this one.
Mr. Slaton, you have created an incredible music collection in this playlist. My favorite thing about the mix is that it takes a different approach to most of the artists found on my “southern” mixes. You’ve opened my eyes and my music library. I truly appreciate it. After hearing your mix, I can’t imagine that we’ve never crossed paths at a show. Let’s do that soon, what do you say?