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Luisa Lopez is a singer songwriter from Houston Texas and has been writing and recording in Nashville for 2 decades. Steeped in the influences of soul and country, which is at the heart of her storytelling, Lopez has developed her own distinctive sound on the Americana landscape.
With roots in folk music, Pruitt attributes growing up in the south of the United States as a key influence on her songwriting, both stylistically and thematically. Her music often deals with complex coming-of-age issues such as mental health, navigating toxic relationships, and questioning religious faith. She describes the tension between coming out as a lesbian and growing up in a conservative household while attending Catholic school as the catalyst for using her music as a platform to speak openly and honestly about issues faced by LGBTQ youth. She has said in interviews that she hopes her music makes young people struggling with their sexuality feel less alone. - Wikipedia
"Loamlands is a distorted country music outfit based in North Carolina that places queer storytelling at the forefront. Their music intimately grapples with identity, pronouns and experiencing a queer existence in both modern-day and historical southern culture. LOAMLANDS IS A PROJECT BUILT OUT OF A LOVE OF SOUTHERN QUEER CULTURE AND A DESIRE TO LISTEN TO AND TELL STORIES OF QUEER COMMUNITY USING ASPECTS OF STORY TELLING FROM TRADITIONAL ENVELOPE PUSHERS THAT CAME BEFORE US. WE'RE OBSESSED WITH ELDERS AND DISTORTION. WE HOPE SOME OF THESE STORIES CONNECT WITH YOU AND PRESERVE / REFLECT OUR LIVED QUEER SOUTH. QUEER - NONBINARY - COUNTRY MUSIC LOVING - ARIES RISING PISCES SUN SECRET MOON - THRILLING STABILITY SEEKER - FOLK - STORY TELLER - AVID LISTENER - FM DJ - ELDER YEARNER - NORM DESTROYER - HAIR PHOBIC - SECRET KEEPER - ANY INSTRUMENT PLAYER - COMMUNITY OBSESSED - FRIEND OF DOROTHY'S"
Front Country is a band on the precipice of a metamorphosis. As multi-instrumentalists, songwriters and composers, the instrumentation and setting have always been secondary to the musical vision that comes through no matter what stage they take. For a band with a genre in their name, genre has always been elusive for Front Country, as they refuse to pick sides or be constrained by any expectations outside their own singular aesthetic. From their beginnings in the SF Bay Area to their new hometown of Nashville, TN, Melody Walker, Adam Roszkiewicz and Jacob Groopman have been on a journey to discover a sound. While making their third album - their first in Music City - they feel closer than ever to what fans have heard in them all along.
Dwayne D Jarrell
Late Bloomer with an Explorer's Heart and a love for Americana & Blues music. Started writing songs after a long, twisted journey towards love and happiness with my husband in California. Went in the studio with a bunch of talented strangers in May 2021 to record some demos and came out with a full album that tells my story in a way I could never have dreamed possible. Hoping to find an audience who can relate and find happiness with my songs.
Bobby Blue singer/songwriter inspired by his Costa Rican and American heritages. He plays a unique fusion of Americana, and Latin Folk, echoing sounds of Pokey LaFarge, Orville Peck, and Gaby Moreno. Bobby has a huge stage presence and sings as high as Patsy Cline and as powerful as Sinead O’Connor “Bobby Blue is a natural entertainer!” - New York Times “Awesome” - Joe Henry, 3x Grammy Winner
Hailing from Binghamton NY, Kristian Veech is a singer-songwriter and producer based in Nashville TN. Taking an eclectic approach, Kristian's music combines elements of country, rock, folk, and 80's synth pop to create a diverse, outer space inspired, sound.
Indiana Queen is a queer-folk band established in 2012 that resides in Nashville, TN. Fronted by Kevin James Thornton, the band is blazing a new path in a traditionally conservative genre.
I started out as a street performer, writing songs and driving around the country to play them for people. Slowly, this led to playing more proper shows, but the goal has always been the same. to make people care — about others, themselves, and things that sometimes hurt to care about. I've toured across North America/Europe and been called "an artist to watch" by No Depression.
While LAVENDER COUNTRY (1973) was little known outside the Pacific Northwest and only released one self-distributed album, they created a genuine cultural milestone; the first openly gay country album. After sitting stagnant for four decades, indie label Paradise of Bachelors discovered the album, reissued it, and shot Lavender Country into the stratosphere. With a new rotating lineup of musicians, Haggerty began performing to a brand new generation of Lavender Country fans drawn to the band's timeless message of queer liberation and revolution. Haggerty, now approaching age 77, is stronger than ever. His shows are a unique combination of good country music, sharp Marxist political critique, and a huge lineup of incredible backup musicians across the country. Poignant emotions leave his audience laughing, dancing, and crying all at once. The current emergence of fascism and the deep political divisions in American culture are making Lavender Country a critical component of progressive and radical politics.
Rejecting the constrictions of genre, Shadwick Wilde’s songs touch each other’s edges, but each brings its own distinct vision, strung together by the common thread of Wilde’s muscular poetry, emotive vocals, and unique style of upside-down, left-handed guitar playing.
More than 20 years into his career, Herndon has a passion and commitment to his music that continues to play out in his lyrics. “If I haven’t lived it, I haven’t sung it” as Herndon says. Having a career spanning two decades, 20 Billboard charted singles and five million albums sold, Herndon sees no signs of slowing down. For those who know him, his passion and commitment to music is not surprising. He continuously performs shows and withholds a heavy appearance schedule; proving Herndon as unstoppable.
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Sarah Marie Shook is an American country music singer-songwriter from North Carolina. Their "high lonesome" style incorporates country-punk and twang, with shades of outlaw country. Wikipedia
Early Career: Toured as guitarist with Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Stevie Wonder. My country career began in the early eighties as I was a band leader for Country As Country Soulman O. B. McClinton after his passing then a solo act. I was known as "The Chocolate Cowboy" Recorded my first country album 1980 @ Arthur Smith's studio in Charlotte, NC. Country Star" Have always been drawn to country music the stories, the sincerity. I have recorded an performed R&B, Soul, Blues & Country. Rock House Records in Greensboro, NC .
Horse Opera is a Vancouver outlaw country band which blends country and Canadiana, a bit of blues, a dash of soul, a heaping portion of 80's-inspired power-pop, all wrapped up in rock and roll.
As a musician with over 600 performances touring across the United States and internationally, including being the first openly trans performer at the Vans Warped Tour, along with performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show, Global Pride and the world’s biggest pride festivals, and SXSW, Ryan has been praised by The Advocate Magazine- calling him a “Transgender singing sensation.” Paper Magazine put him on their "50 LGBTQ Musicians You Should Prioritize" list, and LOGO’s New Now Next included Ryan on the “9 Trans Musicians You Need To Get Into” list. Billboard Magazine called Ryan a “true force in the industry“, put him on the "11 Transgender & Non-Binary Musicians You Need to Know" list and premiered his award winning music video "Daughter" which has been viewed over 1,000,000 times. He has also been heard on Sirius XM Radio, BBC Radio 4 and other radio stations around the world. Ryan Cassata is a 2019 recipient of The ASCAP Foundation "Sunlight of the Spirit" Award which is presented to an individual who is exemplary in recovery and in music creativity for his song “Jupiter.“ Ryan Cassata currently performs and records with a full band in Los Angeles.
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Terry Blade is an award-winning Chicago-based singer-songwriter, known for using his unique sultry baritone to explore an artistic sound that fuses soul, r&b, jazz and blues with indie and folk influences.
In October 2021, LeahAnn "Lafemmebear" Mitchell became the first Black trans woman to produce a record on a Top Ten charting album with "I'm a Survivor (Lafemmebear Remix)" on Reba's REVIVED, REMIXED, REVISITED. Lafemmebear's first full album, "Blaq: the Story of Me," premiered Fall 2019 and is available on all platforms. She co-composed and sound designed the original score for Alice Sheppard and Kinetic Light’s new work Wired, which will premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2022. In 2020 she collaborated with PEG Records, Cody Belew, and Dustin Ransom to co-write and produce the first mainstream Pop-R&B single “What You’re Looking For” for Rupaul’s Drag Race’s Peppermint. She and Peppermint later collaborated with Mila Jam in a remake of Sounds of Blackness' "Optimistic," an anthem for Trans Day of Remembrance 2020. In February 2021 she opened for Chika at Stanford University’s Black Love concert, premiering songs from her new EP titled "My Blaq Feels."
From swamp to shining swamp, Bruisey Peets has steadily evolved with his unique brand of queer swamp pop. Charmingly confrontational and subversively playful.
Jaimee Harris has the sort of voice that reaches into your heart and makes you feel less alone, more connected, and somehow seen. In the tradition of Leonard Cohen, Johnette Napolitano, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, and Emmylou Harris, her rich tones and emotive delivery are as perfect for big wide open sky road trips out to the country as they are for introspective rainy days spent mulling over your tea and your dreams. Strong, badass, and yet vulnerable. - Cindy Emch
Amanda Munro was born a ramblin' woman. Most of her music comes from that place of wandering, both inside and out. Her songs are characterized by raw lyrics and floating soprano melodies.
The Moon Shells
The Moon Shells—Maggie Shar, Brian Slattery, Laura Murawski, Molly Merrett, and Charlie Shaw—draw from the traditional music of Appalachia, Louisiana, West Africa and elsewhere to try to make something new. Whether performing as an acoustic stringband, a stripped-down trio, or a five-piece making modern sounds on traditional instruments at clubs and festivals, the Moon Shells move hearts and feet.
Bisexual country artist, Nicholas Rich, makes music founded in western imagery with classic elements of country, pop, funk, and r&b.
We’re moved by the gospel of heartache.