Updated: Nov 30, 2020
It's the perfect time to take a little North Carolina road trip and admire the beautiful fall foliage! From reggae grooves to classic rock to folk tunes, this playlist has you covered for your next drive. Hop in the car and hit the road with this playlist to sing along to as you take in the scenery!
In 2020, our Programs Department was forced to cancel over 50 FREE concerts due to the public health crisis surrounding Covid-19, along with the cancellation of the other 400+ programs we had planned for the community this year. We are hopeful that in Spring 2021, Greensboro Downtown Parks will be able to return to in-person programming. In the meantime, we're bringing you this new blog series - Park Arts Playlists - a new playlist every week, featuring music from artists that either have performed at the downtown parks before or who would have performed this year.
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1. Just Trying to Live by Jasmé Kelly: Jasmé Kelly is a talented singer/songwriter from Durham, NC. This R&B song features Jasmé Kelly's smooth, soulful voice, which is sure to ease you into your drive.
2. Something to Say by J Timber: J Timber is a pop, rock, and soul artist, originally from Queens, NY, but now residing in Greensboro. This song from J Timber's EP Self-Titled has a classic rock feel and a fun energy that will make you want to sing along.
3. Sweet Melody by Sahara Reggae Band: Sahara Reggae Band has been sharing their upbeat and energetic music with Greensboro since 2001. The six band members specialize in Reggae, but also perform in a variety of other genres. However, no matter the style, Sahara Reggae Band brings their sultry vocals and entertaining performance to every song. Roll the windows down and enjoy this sweet melody.
4. Long Time Coming by Doug Davis: Based in Winston-Salem, Doug Davis is a talented guitarist, singer, and prolific songwriter. Long Time Coming is a song from Doug Davis's debut album, Penny Brown Penny. The combination of Davis' strong, soulful vocals, strumming electric guitar, and driving drum beat create the perfect folk-rock tune for you to listen to on your Sunday drive.
5. Explore by SunQueen Kelcey: SunQueen Kelcey describes her musical style as soul-rock, which is a genre-bending combination of hip-hop, soul, rock, and contemporary R&B. SunQueen Kelcey's soft, sultry voice will make you want to get outside and explore.
6. Old Suitcase by The Grand Ole Uproar: Combine country music twang with the husky sound of classic American rock, and you'll get the unique sound of The Grand Ole Uproar. The band has four members, featuring Josh Watson on guitar and vocals,
Sanders Davis on bass and vocals, Jeremy Parker playing the drums, and Wake Clinard plucking the lap steel. Pack your old suitcase, pile into the car, and listen to this song by The Grand Ole Uproar.
7. Sunset Savannah by Funkelstiltskin: Fun kelstiltskin considers themselves "a party band that grew up in the 90s" with a wide range of musical influences, from neo-soul and R&B to grunge and alternative. Funkelstiltskin was founded on campus at Appalachian State University, and the band currently resides in Boone, NC. Enjoy the carefree, reggae feel of Sunset Savannah from Funkelstiltskin's 2020 album, Big Chungus.
8. Wyoming Ralph by NathanRyan: Enjoy this playful song from folk-rock musician NathanRyan. NathanRyan is known for creating songs adults can enjoy, but with messages that are appropriate for children. After his first child was born in 2013, Nathan shifted his musical focus to start writing songs for his son and to create music that families can enjoy together. Wyoming Ralph is a fun song about adventure that is perfect for listeners of all ages!
9. Lookin In (look out) by Nathan Weeks and Julian Sizemore: Nathan Weeks is a Greensboro-based singer/songwriter, who frequently pays homage to his home state of North Carolina through his deeply personal lyrics. In Lookin In (look out) Nathan Weeks collaborates with Julian Sizemore, who is the keyboardist for the Greensboro band, The Mantras. This song is the perfect reminder to look out the windows and take in all the beautiful scenery passing by as you drive.
10. Renegade by Dropping Julia: Lead singer Emily Kresky exudes soulful sass through her storytelling songs. Combined with Sean Bracken (drums), Sam Passe (guitar), Alex Bragg (guitar) and Sebastian Nikischer (bass), Dropping Julia's style is a mixture of mellow and dreamy yet upbeat, funky and soulful music. Renegade is from Dropping Julia's latest album release, In My Sleep. The technicolor sound of Dropping Julia's music plus the colorful fall foliage makes for the perfect combination.
Happy listening! Don't forget to check back next Sunday for more songs by local artists and GDPI partners!