Monthly Mixtape: Are We Slidin’?

How was January five and a half months long just now?

None the less, we’re cruising into February and I’ve got some tuuuuunes for ya!

And it’s a THEME. You know how I like a good theme.

My friend Trisha asked me a while back, “Are you ever going to create a country mixtape?” Well, no. Not that I don’t have an appreciation for country music. I’m just V V picky when it comes to that style. I can’t do most of current country. This . . . polished, stadium country of today. No, dude. Now, I can deeeefinitely handle Bo Burnham’s take on it, but the rest? Naw.

But this isn’t about that.

(before I move on let me say that Dolly, Hank Williams Sr. and those in the original country camp are geniuses and wonderful. okay bye.)

I can’t make you a country mixtape, but I can make you a mixtape that features the dreamy, soul wrenching pedal steel. Because let me just solve a life mystery for you all right now. You love a song but you can’t figure out what that finesse is.

It’s the pedal steel.

You listen to mostly indie music but there’s a layer to some of the songs you’re most obsessed with but you can’t articulate it.

It’s the pedal steel.

There’s a certain mood and dreaminess to a few folk tunes you have on repeat but you can’t pinpoint its brilliance.

It’s the pedal steel.

You feel me? And the beauty about pedal steel (lap steel applicable here, too!) is that it’s not just for countryish music. Indie bands, rock bands, even major pop bands have been slidin’ it (pun intended) into songs here and there to add that layer of sexy dreamy that makes our souls wither down to a pile of human goo. It’s like, the perfect puzzle piece to music. And I stand by it forever.

Also, my old band (with Aaron) is second down in the mix. (yeah I just linked out to myspace, can you handle?) Our local friend Nate Hofer is Kansas City’s master at the pedal steel, and every single person needs his talents in their earholes.

And um, the very last song on this playlist is a wildly famous song that everyone knows, but once you push the knowledge of pedal steel as one of its most prominent finesse layers, it’s a completely different song. I swear. Just you wait. You’ll see. Promise. It’ll blow you away. Like, away.

Without a moment more, I give you . . . The “Are We Slidin?” mix.

This time last year!



FOUR? what.

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4 Responses to Monthly Mixtape: Are We Slidin’?

  1. Trisha :) February 4, 2020 at 3:08 pm #
    YES!!! Love it!
  2. Annie February 5, 2020 at 2:31 pm #
    I seriously feel like you read my mind about what I need in my life music-wise. Love this one and also just went down a rabbit hole clicking through your links to four years ago. Everyone should go and read that one because there’s so many other good playlists listed there too!!
  3. David February 7, 2020 at 7:19 am #
    Nice Mix Bev...and I have to say that The New Tragedies is my new discover, got my heart immediately. I have already cooked from your website I guess for 5-6 years, but those Mixtapes I was listening only while to while. Few days ago I put this TNT's "Talk to me" I spread it out immediately with my friends. Today something pushed me to find out some more about this band, and bang!! It's Wiedners, hell yeah!! I was seriously surprised. Greetings from Germany.
    • Bev Weidner February 7, 2020 at 10:56 am #
      Ahhhhh well David, that makes my day! Those were good years being in The New Tragedies. So happy you enjoy our music!

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