Playlist – North Carolina
Verbose as we are, there is no way we can spend the next year constantly
yelling talking to each other. Terrible as it may sound to the ears of an outsider, singing as loudly as possible is a frequent occurrence in The Highland Flinger (THF). We will make a playlist of what we’re slappin’ the air bass to. Each list will contain songs from artists/bands from the state or will allude to the state in some way.
1. Petey Pablo -Raise Up
Petey Pablo’s infectious call for North Carolinans to “come on and raise up, take your shirt off, twist it round your head, spin it like a helicopter” (as depicted above in our North Carolina state picture) is easily the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the words “North Carolina”. Maybe because Mr. Pablo says the state’s name around 20 times throughout the song.
2. Ryan Adams – When The Stars Go Blue
Not to be confused with Canadian, Bryan Adams, RYAN Adams is from North Carolina and penned this song that has been covered by acts like The Corrs and Tim McGraw. We prefer his version though, don’t you?
3. Clay Aiken – Invisible
If you can believe it, this is quite possibly our most Idol-centric playlist yet. Did you know that Clay Aiken is the 4th leading American Idol alumni in terms of record sales behind Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and Chris Daughtry (appearing later on this list). Who knew???
4. Tori Amos – Silent All These Years
Do you ever wonder about what weird stuff that’s happening right now that will come out years after being silenced or any of the tomfoolery that has happened and is still being silenced? We love us a good conspiracy theory.
5. James Taylor – Fire And Rain
THE. PERFECT. CAMPING. MUSIC. Anything by James Taylor is, infact, great music for the wilderness. Makes you wanna build a campfire in Smoky Mountain National Park and hope that it doesn’t rain.
6. Randy Travis – Forever And Ever, Amen
Doesn’t he just look like he’s from North Carolina? Big smile, kind eyes, a shirt that says, “I’m country, but not too country.” And those good looks have helped Randy Travis crossover into the acting world, as he’s been in nearly 40 movies and TV shows.
7. Ben Folds Five – Brick
In preparation for our upcoming relay marathon we’ve been running a lot. Bricks are an understatement of what our legs feel like some days.
8. Fantasia – Collard Greens & Cornbread
Another American Idol winner from Season 3. We disagree on the deliciousness of collard greens though, as Jackie likes them while Mark doesn’t. At least we can both agree on the awesomeness of cornbread.
9. Daughtry – Crawling Back To You
Hey, have you ever heard of this show, American Idol?
10. John Coltrane – Giant Steps
A pioneer of Jazz music, John Coltrane also has a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for his ”masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz.” Even more, Coltrane was also canonized by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William Coltrane. Your music must be freaking amazing if people want to literally make you a saint, right?
11. George Clinton – Atomic Dog
Born in North Carolina, Clinton did most of his growing up in New Jersey. Ironically, he ran a barber shop (look at this dude’s hair). He’s in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, so we feel comfortable sticking with him on this playlist.
12. K-Ci & JoJo – Crazy
K-Ci & JoJo are not only brothers, but FANTASIA is their cousin. Mind blown.
13. Kellie Pickler – Tough
Praise Simon Cowell, we have another Idol. In case you were worried, according to this song if you’re tough, Jesus loves you anyway. So you’ve got that going for you. Which is nice.
14. Reverend Gary Davis – Samson & Delilah
Also known as “Blind Gary Davis” because he was, you know, blind (They were not very good at nicknames around the turn of the century). This song has been covered by dozens of famous artists, most notably The Grateful Dead.
15. The Squirrel Nut Zippers – Ghost Of Stephen Foster
What do you picture upon hearing “Squirrel Nut Zippers”? Do you envision an acorn with a zipper? A beloved candy of the 1920s? A squirrel wearing a pair of jeans adorned with a prominent fly? Squirrel enthusiasts running around rambunciously? Or this band: