A Change Is Gonna Come 2020

Buffalo Tree: A Change Is Gonna Come 2020 Collage

12/2020 UPDATE: Buffalo Tree wishes to thank all our incredible sponsors, volunteers, deputy voter registrars, and friends who helped make A Change is Gonna Come 2020 a huge success! Texas had historic voter turnout and a phenomenal number of first-time voters. We are incredibly grateful to have played a role in these efforts. Stay tuned for coming events in the next election cycle!

For now, enjoy our stellar Spotify playlist and check out the great coverage from Billboard!

In October of 2020, Buffalo Tree Presents launched the Spotify Playlist A Change is Gonna Come 2020 enlisting key politicians, activists, and artists to help select the songs that best capture this moment in history in an effort to drive voter registration, activism, and community. Listen to the mix HERE

Featuring selections from Beto O’Rourke, Tim DeLaughter (Polyphonic Spree), Rachel Goswell (Slowdive), David Mandel (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Veep), Mars (Psychedelic Furs), every member of Midlake, and more (see the complete song selection list below). The 40-song collection of handpicked tunes is inspired by the legendary song, “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke. It drops today in advance of the final weeks of voter registration in Texas which will see Buffalo Tree Presents Team registering voters in person at record stores across the state. For a full tracklist, see below. 

But this mixtape is not just for Texans. It’s meant to serve as a rallying cry to remind all eligible citizens to register, vote, and get involved. Whether you’re writing postcards, phone banking, text banking, or just need to find some inspiration to get through until tomorrow, A Change Is Gonna Come 2020 is your soundtrack to activism heading into November 3rd. 

“Change only comes when we come together to participate in democracy and nothing brings people together like music,” says Buffalo Tree Presents founder Dylan Silvers. “And while live music isn’t feasible at this time, music is still at the heart of our efforts. The point of this mixtape is to tap into that sense of community and to rally folks to the polls. In 2020 we need everyone to VOTE. The world depends on it.” 

Music fuels the movement. We’re in this together! Let’s register, vote and unite.

PLAYLIST (listen on Spotify here):

  1. Buffalo Tree: Sam Cooke “A Change is Gonna Come”

  2. Dylan Silvers (The Polyphonic Spree, Sunshine Village, These Machines Are Winning): Public Enemy “Harder Than You Think”

  3. Mars Williams (Psychedelic Furs): Kesha “Children of the Revolution”

  4. Danielle Grubb: Koffy Roze “Tropical Delight”

  5. Beto O'Rourke: The Clash “Clampdown”

  6. Ryan Hartsell (Director, Monolithic Pictures): Pink Floyd “Fearless”

  7. Jesse Chandler (Midlake, Mercury Rev): Miles Davis “It Never Entered My Mind”

  8. Rachel Goswell (Slowdive, Pneumatic Tubes): Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “The Mercy Seat”

  9. McKenzie Smith (Midlake, Pneumatic Tubes): Aretha Franklin “Rock Steady”

  10. Sarah Jaffe: Crazy P “The Witness”

  11. Marissa Nadler: Zombies “This Will Be Our Year”

  12. Christopher Penn (Good Records, The Polyphonic Spree): Love “Always See Your Face”

  13. Jason Godi (These Machines Are Winning): Lou Reed “There Is No Time”

  14. Buffalo Tree: Minnie Riperton “Lovin’ You”

  15. David Mandel (Executive Producer, Veep): Fishbone “Change”

  16. Julie Ross (Activist): Sunshine Village “Shades of Olive White”

  17. Tim DeLaughter (The Polyphonic Spree, Tripping Daisy): Harpers Bizarre “Witchi Tai To”

  18. Vaden Todd Lewis (Toadies): Sebadoh “Flame”

  19. Hilary Saunder (Managing editor, No Depression): Ana Tijoux “Antifa Dance”

  20. Buffalo Tree: Midlake “Bandits”

  21. Mark Hay (Comic Asylum): Elvis Costello & The Attractions “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding

  22. Michael Lark (Comic book artist, LAZARUS, Daredevil): MC5 “Kick Out the Jams”

  23. Buffalo Tree: Sonic Youth “Kool Thing”

  24. Buffalo Tree: Dead Prez: “Hip Hop”

  25. Charlie Aldard (Comic book artist, The Walking Dead): The Flirtations “Nothing But a Heartache”

  26. Michael Lamm ([DARYL]): The Polyphonic Spree “Sonic Bloom”

  27. Joey McClellan (Midlake): The Electric Prunes “Holy Are You”

  28. Buffalo Tree: The Delfonics “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)”

  29. Buffalo Tree: Chicano Batman: “Freedom Is Free”

  30. Stefano Gaudiano (Comic book anchor, The Walking Dead, DCeased): The Clash “Charlie Don’t Surf”

  31. Buffalo Tree: Siouxsie & The Banshees “Fireworks”

  32. Jennifer Meehan (Activist): The Deathray Davies “Then You Met Me”

  33. Buffalo Tree: Tim DeLaughter ‘’Move Away and Shine’’

  34. Carol Donovan (Chair, Dallas County Democratic Party): Bruce Springsteen “Atlantic City”

  35. Eric Pulido (Midlake): The Moody Blues “Your Wildest Dreams”

  36. Tim Kasher (Cursive): The The “The Beat(en) Generation”

  37. John Dufilho (The Apples in Stereo, The Deathray Davies): Peter and Gordon “A World Without Love”

  38. Will Johnson (Centromatic, Monsters of Folk): Betty Harris “There’s a Break in the Road”

  39. James Lynch (Uncluded): Trans Am “Infinite Wavelength

  40. Buffalo Tree: The Beach Boys “Surf’s Up”




Saturday, Sept. 12th 2-5pm:  Dallas kickoff

Dallas County Democratic Party (DCDP) HQ

1414 N. Washington Ave, Dallas, TX 75204


Monday, Sept. 14th 1-4pm: ADC Austin

Alamo Drafthouse  Cinema - Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78749


Tuesday, Sept. 15th 1-4pm : ADC Austin

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78749


Saturday, Sept. 19th 2-5pm: DCDP

Dallas County Democratic Party (DCDP) HQ

1414 N. Washington Ave, Dallas, TX 75204


Thursday, Sept. 24th 5-8pm: Goodfriends

Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House

1154 Peavy Rd., Dallas, TX 75218


Saturday, Sept. 26th 7am-10pm: Record Store Day

EAST DALLAS: Good Records 

9026 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218

AUSTIN: Waterloo Records 

600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

OAK CLIFF: Spinster Records 

408 N Bishop Ave #102, Dallas, TX 75208

DENTON: Recycled Books & Records

200 N Locust St, Denton, TX 76201


Saturday, October 3rd noon-4pm: Voter Registration Party

EAST DALLAS: Good Records 

9026 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218