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Georgia Music Issue CD Track List

As we learn afresh every year, there is no way to convey the whole of a state’s musical legacy on just one compilation, especially a Southern state! Faced with this impossible task—with a subject no less daunting than the home state of James Brown, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Gladys Knight, Sam & Dave, Sharon Jones, and Ray Charles (to name the soul stars)—we turned to the only honest methodology we know: if you can’t include everything, make sure everything you include is masterful.

Full liner notes and credits for these songs appear in the Georgia Music Issue. We believe every one of these songs is worthy of representing the Empire State of the South. 

1. Cold Sweat (False Start)
James Brown


2. Watch the Dog That Bring the Bone
Sandy Gaye


3. Ohoopee River Bottomland
Larry Jon Wilson
from the film Heartworn Highways


4. Brass Buttons
Gram Parsons


5. See See Rider Blues
Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band


6. Georgia Buck
Precious Bryant


7. Raggy Levy
Jake Xerxes Fussell


8. Untitled
Killer Mike
featuring Scar


9. I Want the Lord to Do Something For Me
Straight Street Holiness Church Choir


10. Sweet Picking Time in Toomsboro, Ga.
Tut Taylor 
with Norman Blake


11. Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings


12. The Living Bubba (live)
Drive-By Truckers


13. Awake


14. The Winter Is Coming
Elf Power


15. Tried to Be True
Indigo Girls


16. Potter’s Field
Alice Swoboda


17. Diamond Joe
Bessie Jones


18. As Bad As I Am
Ruby the RabbitFoot


19. I’ve Got Dreams to Remember (Rougher Dreams)
Otis Redding


20. Aquemini


21. Lonesome Atlanta Blues
Bobby Grant


22. Recent Title


23. Midnight Rider
Allman Brothers Band


24. Midnight

Recorded especially for the Oxford American



25. Moon River (1961 demo)
Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer

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