What to play during Thanksgiving? Here’s our Austin-centric playlist


Christmas songs will soon be spinning nonstop, but before we get there, how about a Thanksgiving playlist that Austinites will love? I asked friends on social media for ideas, and they suggested more than two dozen songs with Austin ties, or at the very least a Thanksgiving vibe that Austin music lovers will enjoy. You can find these songs all together on a Spotify playlist on austin360.com.

A Digital Savant-inspired tip we learned at Friendsgiving this year: If you’re using a smart speaker — you know, those Bluetooth-enabled, internet-connected speakers, such as Google Home and Alexa — you might ask your guests to turn off Bluetooth on their phones. My Google Home stopped working when everyone and their phones were around. Tech writer Omar Gallaga says it’s a good idea to have several ways to connect to different speakers, just in case. A video game console connected to a TV, for instance, or a Spotify playlist downloaded to your laptop so you could connect with an auxiliary cord even if the internet is down.

AUSTIN THANKSGIVING PLAYLIST

“Song of Lime Juice and Despair” by Shinyribs

“In November” by Walter Hyatt

“Thanksgiving” by Poi Dog Pondering

“Roly Poly” by Asleep at the Wheel and the Dixie Chicks

“A Little Bit of Everything” by Dawes

“Beans and Cornbread” by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five

“Quiet Whiskey” by Wynonie Harris

“Church” by Lyle Lovett

“Must Be the Whiskey” by Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez

“Maiz” by Gina Chavez

“Make Some Room” by the Suffers

“Can I Sit Next to You” by Spoon

“The Things That Matter” by Guy Forsyth

“Kite Song” by Patty Griffin

“The Way Life Is Supposed to Be” by Bob Schneider

“I Thank You” by ZZ Top

“Big Sweet Life” by John Dee Graham

“Tender Heart” by Alejandro Escovedo

“I Want to Thank You” by Otis Redding

“My Baby Makes Me Gravy” by Dale Watson

“Lucky” by Kat Edmonson

“Let’s Go Down to The River” by Amy Cook

“Love Song” by Jackie Myers Band featuring Ephraim Owens

“Dearly Departed” by Shakey Graves featuring Esme Patterson

“Whiskey River” by Willie Nelson

“Buena Suerte, Seniorita” by Flaco Jimenez

— Addie Broyles



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