July’s Southern Song of the Month

Southern music is so much more than Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, James Brown, Lynyrd Skynyrd and their spiritual descendants. While the region’s musicians and singers did create what we today call country music, R&B, rock n’ roll, Southern rock, and zydeco, there are also strong traditions in styles that you probably don’t associate with the South, like jazz, which many modern listeners associate with New York or Los Angeles. This month’s Southern Song, a collaboration between two groups from New Orleans, takes sharp left turn away from last month’s more traditional offering, “Rocket 88.”

“Liquor Pang” is the eleventh track on Galactic’s 2010 album Ya-Ka-May. Galactic’s albums are loaded with guest artists, and this song features Josh Cohen and Ryan Scully from the Morning 40 Federation, another New Orleans band. I don’t even know what genre to call “Liquor Pang” – there are elements of rap, funk, electronic, and jazz here – but that’s what make it such a good song.

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