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Premiere: Jess Williamson Mixtape

Native State is Out Now on Brutal Honest

Dec 19, 2014 Jess Williamson
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Before we all take off for all matter of Christmas/winter activities, we figured we’d leave you with one last mixtape. This one comes from Austin-based musician Jess Williamson. It’s a tribute to both her home state and time of year called December in Texas.

“December is my favorite month of the year,” Williamson says of her inspiration behind her musical picks. “I love the still and mild winters we have in Texas, where it’s rare but not unheard of to be warm enough some days to swim. For the past few years, I’ve been going out to West Texas at the end of December for New Years. It is an energetic and reflective place to consider the passing year and the new one ahead. This playlist is inspired by December in Texas, long drives out to the desert, and the West Texas landscape.”

Listen to Williamson’s mix below. For more, revisit our “Pleased to Meet You” interview with the musician here. Williamson’s debut album Native State is out now on Brutal Honest.

Jess Williamson Mixtape for Under the Radar Magazine by Under_Radar_Mag on Mixcloud

December in Texas tracklist:

1. Arthur Russell: Lets Go Swimming

2. Willie Nelson: Pretty Paper

3. Borges reading his poem ‘Texas’ over Ry Cooder’s version of ‘Canción Mixteca’

4. Smog: Held

5. Blind Willie Johnson: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground

6. Bruce Springsteen: State Trooper

7. Santo & Johnny: Sleepwalk

8. Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere

9. John Fahey: A Raga Called Pat (Part 4)

10. Michael Hurley: Werewolf

11. Roy Orbison: In Dreams (Live)

12. Cat Power: No Sense

13. Townes Van Zandt: Texas River Song

14. Leonard Cohen: Dear Heather

15. Bob Dylan: Wigwam




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